Ford Transit Connect Crowned International Van of the Year
The all-new Ford Transit Connect was named “International Van of the Year 2014” (IVOTY) at the COMTRANS commercial vehicle exhibition in Moscow.
A jury of 24 judges gave the Transit Connect a total of 130 points out of a possible 163 and made Ford the only manufacturer to win the award for two years in a row.
“The all-new Transit connect impressed the jury on a number of fronts, and above all by the fact Ford has succeeded in building a light van with a strong accent on economics – the vehicle is a good answer to the needs of small operators as well as big fleets to reduce the cost of transport of goods,” said Pieter Wieman, chairman of the IVOTY jury.
The design, driveability, load-carrying and safety of the Transit Connect also drew praise from the jury.
“The Transit Connect is just as tough and hard-working as all our commercial vehicle range, and comes with smart new looks and much lower fuel bills,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president of Product Development for Ford of Europe. “It has moved the game on for compact vans – we are really proud to win this significant award again.”
Overall Ford has won the IVOTY prize a record-equalling five times, last year with the Transit Custom. The Transit has won in 2001 and 2007, while the Transit Connect took the laurels in 2003.
The new Transit Connect will soon be available and will be joined later by the “bigger” Transit which will replace the Econoline.
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