5 Brands Shortlisted for International Van of the Year 2015
2014 will be marked as the busiest period for new light commercial vehicle launches in recent decades with no less than twelve new models entering the European marketplace. With co-developments between manufacturers and badge sharing, eight van models were eligible to contend the International Van of the Year Award (IVOTY) 2015 program.
With the high number of contestants this year, the IVOTY jury consisting of 23 leading journalists from Europe’s top commercial vehicle publications, selected a shortlist of five new van models to go forward for the final vote to elect International Van of the Year 2015.
In alphabetical order the shortlist for the IVOTY 2015 is as follows:
- Ford Transit (2-tonne)
- Fiat Ducato/PSA Peugeot Boxer/Citroen Relay (or Jumper)
- Iveco Daily
- Mercedes-Benz Vito
- Renault Trafic/GM Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro
The final vote will take place next month with the presentation of the most coveted prize in the LCV industry to be made at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany on 23 September at a Gala Ceremony attended by industry leaders and the world’s trade press.
Commenting on the jury’s difficulty in selecting the shortlist, Jarlath Sweeney, Chairman, IVOTY said, “Compliments to the five brands selected to contend for the main prize and commiserations to Nissan, Ford and Renault/General Motors as their respective e-NV200, Transit Courier and new Master/Movano did not make it. Such was the high level of entry in terms of the new van’s creative designs, innovative technology and efficient drivetrains, to choose five from the eight was most difficult for us all.”
Quotes from the successful shortlisted brands
“We are proud and delighted that the new Ford Transit has been nominated for the IVOTY 2015 shortlist from a remarkably long list of strong candidates,” said Barb Samardzich, Chief Operating Officer, Ford of Europe. “We consider this another strong affirmation of our two-year process of renewing and extending our entire European Commercial Vehicle range. We are thrilled and excited about the final vote for 2015 – may the best van win!”
“We are delighted that our Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro has been named as a finalist for Europe’s most important commercial vehicle award. We are proud to see that the specialists of the IVOTY-jury have noticed that the Vivaro combines innovative technology with dynamic design to make it the perfect all-rounder,” commented Peter Kuespert, Member of the Board and Managing Director Sales & Aftersales Opel Group.
Florian Martens, Director Global Communications Daimler Commercial Vehicles commented: "We are delighted to be on the IVOTY 2015 shortlist with our brand new Mercedes-Benz Vito. Offering benchmark efficiency, outstanding safety and three drives system variants puts the new Vito on the shortlist for good reasons."
Pascal Schmitt – Global Sales and Marketing VP Renault LCV Division said: “Being in the short list for the Van of the Year election is clearly a source of pride for Renault. As the European leader for light commercial vehicles, Renault launched this New Trafic to continue a long success story on medium van. With this fully new vehicle, we are convinced we propose to our professional customers a taylor-made tool to boost their own business”.