Awards 2003

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Van of the Year Awards 2003


A big welcome to Vans of the Year 2003, What Van?'s annual verdict on what the manufacturers have to offer. Every year we sort the best from the rest and pick out the top light commercials on the market today. After all, choosing the right van for the job is vital for the success and smooth running of any big or small business.


The category winners were decided upon after extensive testing by the What Van? staff. At one time or another we've driven every light commercial vehicle on the British market, assessing them for driveability, comfort, performance, handling, refinement, safety, load area, economy and value for money.


The awards are split into 13 categories — we’ve added Best Safety and Best One Stop Shop chassis cab conversion to this year’s line-up — and out of all the section winners, we select our overall supremo; the Van of the Year.


There are also five ‘fleet-based’ awards for the second time. These were decided upon by our sister magazine What Van? Fleet. Congratulations to all the winners and keep up the good work.


Van of the Year 2003


Volkswagen Transporter


Microvan


GOLD - Daihatsu Hijet
Commended - Piaggio Porter


Small Van


GOLD - Peugeot 206
Commended - Renault Clio


Light Van


GOLD - Ford Transit Connect
Commended - Renault Kangoo


Small Panel Van


GOLD - Volkswagen Transporter
Commended:
Nissan Primastar
Renault Trafic
Vauxhall Vivaro


Large Panel Van


GOLD - Ford Transit
Commended:
Citroën Relay
Fiat Ducato
Peugeot Boxer


Pick-Up


GOLD - Mitsubishi L200
Commended - Nissan Pickup


Minibus


GOLD - Ford Transit
Commended - LDV Convoy


4x4 Van


GOLD - Mitsubishi Shogun
Commended - Land Rover Freelander


 Security


PANEL VAN - Ford Transit
LIGHT VAN - Ford Transit Connect


 Safety


GOLD - Ford Transit
Commended - Volkswagen Transporter


One Stop Shop


GOLD - Vauxhall Movano
Commended - Iveco Daily HPI


Eco Van


GOLD - Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Commended - Ford Transit Connect


Manufacturer Web Site


GOLD - Ford
Commended - Vauxhall


Fleet Manager


GOLD - Stuart Skingsley, Ocado


Eco Van Fleet


GOLD - Swindon Services


Leasing/Contract Hire


GOLD - Lex Vehicle Leasing


Fleet Services Provider


GOLD - Northgate plc


Fuel Card


GOLD - Arval PHH



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