Last year’s winners of the top award, the Citroen Dispatch, Peugeot Expert and Toyota Proace, retained the Medium Van prize, the new Isuzu D-max was named best Pick-up and other winners included Fiat Professional, which captured the Light Van award for the third consecutive year, but had to settle for the runner-up spot in the Small Van category, with last year’s winner, the Fiorino, losing out to Ford’s Transit Courier this time around. Ford’s baby van line-up now includes a Sport Van in its ranks.
The blue-oval brand also scooped the Used Van Award for the Transit Custom, which gained a Highly Commended nod in the Medium Van category too. It’s big brother, the Transit AWD, was the Highly Commended 4x4 van, finishing behind the Dacia Duster Commercial, the top dog for the third consecutive year.
Dacia’s parent, Renault, took the Green Award for its Z.E. Kangoo, which now has an extended range of 124 miles under real-world conditions courtesy of a new battery.
Volkswagen retained the gong for best website; the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) took the Safety Award in recognition of its tireless efforts to make our roads safer; dashcam firm Nextbase captured Risk Management; Fleet Source won the Innovation prize for its TRIP (Terrorism Risk and Incident Prevention) course to help LCV operators better tackle the threat of terrorism; and the Editor’s Choice Award went to the Royal Mail for its pioneering use of Arrival’s dual-mode electric/petrol vans coupled with its procurement of 100 electric Peugeot Partners.
Our reader-voted Converter Award returned for a fourth year and Trucksmith, the 2017 winner, became the first company to retain the prize.
New Industry awards were introduced to recognise Fleet Manager of the Year (Steve Hobbs, BML Utility), Driver of the Year (Stephen Bray, CEF), Green Fleet of the Year (the London Borough of Hackney), and Service, Maintenance and Repair (Royal Mail Fleet).
Last but certainly not least, What Van? welcomed Martin Flach, Iveco’s alternative fuels director who has worked diligently to make electric drivetrains a viable option on large vans, into its Hall of Fame.
We are delighted to confirm that the 2019 What Van? Awards will take place on 12 December 2018.