The What Van? Awards are the most coveted independent accolades in the light commercial vehicle industry, and in 2015 the most influential title in the sector recognises the outstanding performers in 13 crucial light commercial vehicle categories as well as revealing the winner of the prestigious What Van? 2015 Van of the Year. This year, we have opened the doors to the What Van? Hall of Fame for the second time to welcome in two more worthy entrants who, in very different ways, have made outstanding contributions to the LCV industry in the UK.
We have also added the first-ever prize to be voted for by our readers, in the shape of the Van Converter Award. We asked you to select the best LCV converter or racking supplier from a 25-strong shortlist brought together by our expert panel. It’s a sector that slips under the radar in terms of recognition for the vital service it provides, so we’re happy to include it in the roster of awards for 2015.
Each year, the panel of What Van?’s editorial staff draw on expertise gathered over decades to select the vans, brands and innovations they believe most merit a prize. We’re not afraid to shoot down the turkeys when we spot them during the year, so it’s nice to be able to reward the best in the business and to commend and recommend to an increasingly sophisticated industry the products and services that we believe will serve operators best. Not everyone can be a winner, and this has been an exceptional year in terms of high-quality model launches.
Special thanks go out to our sponsor, van leasing pioneer Leaseplan, which is leading from the front in an expanding sector of the light commercial vehicle marketplace.