July proved that the van industry is going through immense change and interiors, technology, and power are now at peaking levels- levels that were previously not experienced.
The Company Van Today Awards were held in mid-2019 and gave away the crown for the best vans designed this year. Unlike other years, this year we had a trio of winners and each one is worthy of being your choice of the van you need to buy next! The Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and Vauxhall Combo Cargo stole the show!
The Company Van Today Awards judge vehicles by accounting for three different aspects -van operation costs, efficiency, and additional smart features that accommodate daily work more appropriately. The Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and Vauxhall Combo Cargo are nearly identical in all of the mentioned aspects, which is why they tied for first place in the awards.
However, the three vans were not only contenders for the main Van of the Year award but also won the Light Van of the Year and also won the Technology Award. The vans are fitted with an overload sensor, warning drivers when the vehicle gets too heavy or the weight of people/equipment is more than adequate.
The editor of Company Van Today, Tom Webster commented that the three winning vehicles offered “unseen levels of quality, innovation and technology as well as a good driving experience, efficient engines and good cabin quality.”
Webster was appreciative of the innovation that the three vans represented and said he was happy that light commercial operators would now be able to experience high-quality. He said that the Company Van Today Awards was proud to be a source of identifying and highlighting the best of what the industry can offer. He said that it was great that businesses could now make informed choices about what vehicles they should buy.
Ford took the award for the Medium Van of the Year- the Ford Transit Custom. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was not left out at all as it snagged the Large Van of the Year award. If you are looking for a pick-up van, the Volkswagen Amarok is the way to go. Environment- friendliness can’t be ignored, which is why the Company Van Awards also has a Green Award. Unsurprisingly, the award goes to Renault for its electric vehicles range.
The FTA is working on a CALM initiative to help improve drivers’ mental health- for their efforts, they were given the Innovation Award. Calm stands for Campaigning Against Living Miserably and is an initiative to build awareness about the anxiety and depression that drivers experience while spending long hours behind the wheel. A Mercedes-Benz with the Calm logo was displayed at the event to enhance awareness. Although the strategy the FTA has come up with may not have an everlasting impact, the concept is important and the efforts commendable.
All in all, the Company Van Awards this year were quite illustrious and showed great vehicles. Businesses can now choose which vans would be the best-buys and which ones would be ideal for their operational needs accordingly!