For the third occasion, the Volkswagen Transporter has won the International Van of the Year Award (IVOTY). For 2016, the latest version, the Euro 6 sixth generation Transporter was announced winner of the most coveted accolade in the Light Commercial Vehicle industry at a special ceremony hosted by the Lyon Chamber of Commerce in France.
The presentation of the trophy was made by Jarlath Sweeney, Chairman, IVOTY in the presence of Patrick Cholton, President Solutrans and Emmanuel Imberton, President, Lyon Chamber of Commerce at the event held on the eve of the opening of Solutrans 2015 at the Eurexpo, Lyon.
On receiving the prize, Dr. Scholz, Eckhard, Head of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles said, “The prestigious International Van of the Year 2016 award for our T-series is a great mark of recognition for the achievements of our team, which by implementing the correct measures has made our icon from Hannover the best Transporter ever. We dedicate this prize to all Transporter users and accept it with great pleasure on behalf of the whole Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles team. This great honour makes us very proud and gives us a positive impetus for a good start into what is set to be an eventful year in 2016.”
From the shortlist, the International Van of the Year jury consisting of 24 leading Light Commercial Vehicle journalists across Europe and Russia, collectively gave the Volkswagen Transporter T6 (Euro 6) 98 points with the Fiat Professional Doblo Cargo second on 68 points with the Volkswagen Caddy 4 (Euro 6) taking third with 63 points. The votes were independently adjudicated by the UK’s Road Haulage Association.
“Congratulations to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles on winning the International Van of the Year award for the third time with the new Euro 6 Transporter Six. Previously, the T4 won the inaugural award in 1992 and again in 2005 with the T5,” commented Jarlath.
“The award acknowledges the Light Commercial Vehicle manufacturer that makes a major contribution to raising the standards of efficiency and the sustainability of transport with respect to the environment and safety of people, and the Volkswagen T6 is deemed to have made this impact this year,” added the IVOTY Chairman.