This is the fifth time Ford has earned the ‘International Van of the Year’ (2001, 2003, 2007, 2013) and the second consecutive year. Last year the Transit Custom took home the honor.
The Connect was given 130 points out of a maximum 163 by European specialist journalists. The Connect beat the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and the Renault Kangoo.
Barb Samardzich, vice president of Product Development, Ford of Europe, says:
“The all-new Transit Connect has moved the game on for compact vans – and we are really proud to win this significant award again. The new 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.”
Pieter Wieman, chairman of the “International Van of the Year” jury, said:
“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.”