The all-new Ford Transit Custom has been named as International Van of the Year 2013 at the Hanover IAA Commercial Vehicle Show.
It becomes the fourth model of the Transit range to win the event’s highest accolade, showing the depth of quality on offer to businesses looking for a Ford van leasing scheme.
The van accumulated 117 out of a possible 133 points from a judging panel that was comprised of 24 specialist motoring journalists.
It was a total that was more than the combined tally of both the second-placed Dacia Dokker and third-placed Mercedes-Benz Citan.
The Transit Custom offers class-leading load carrying ability thanks to its unique design. Engineers have made it possible to have a load-through hatch in the bulkhead enabling drivers to carry extra long items too. The van also comes with the latest technology such as Lane Keeping Aid and the Duratorq TDCi diesel engine with Auto-Start-Stop really improves sustainability.
So it is hardly surprising that the Custom follows in the footsteps of the Transit (2001), Transit Connect (2003) and Transit (2007) to complete the record-breaking fourth win for Ford in the award’s 22-year history.
“Transit Custom is a new kind of one-tonne van – hard working and practical, but great to look at and great to drive,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president of product development at Ford of Europe.
“Combining legendary Transit toughness and economy with car-like design and features was a really tough task, but our engineers delivered. We are proud their efforts have been recognised by such a significant award,” she added.
Pieter Wieman, chairman of the International Van of the Year jury stated that the manufacturer has listened to the needs of the modern-day commercial vehicle driver and has paid particular attention to the safety aspects and reducing the cost of ownership in the new model.
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