27 November 2019
Ford was celebrating last week after winning both the International Van of the Year and International Pick-Up of the Year awards for 2020.
The Hybrid Transit Custom took the IVOTY title while the Ford Ranger took the hotly-contested IPUA title.
The brand is the first to take both the IVOTY and IPUA titles in the same year on two occasions, having first achieved the feat in 2013.
Hans Schep, General Manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe, said, “Our new Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid and EcoBlue Hybrid models are the right vehicles at the right time – helping our customers reduce costs and emissions, and meeting the challenges of operating in today’s business environment without sacrificing practicality or payload. And our new Ranger is raising the bar for refinement, technology and productivity in the pick-up segment.”
Congratulating Ford, Jarlath Sweeney, Chairman of the International Van of The Year jury, said, “This is a great achievement and well deserved.
“With a clear focus on hybridisation, the Ford engineers have developed a sustainable drivetrain that is here and now to the benefit of urban, inter-urban and rural operators.
He added, “Europe’s best selling 1-tonne pick-up truck has been acknowledged by the Pick-up jury as their number one choice when it came to voting for the 2020 title holder. It’s the second occasion that the Ranger has received this accolade after previously winning in 2013 and has come a long way since then with this latest generation.”