2022 will be another milestone year for the International Van of the Year Award (IVOTY) organization at it will be the 30th occasion that the prestigious annual award is presented to the winning brand and model.
For the IVOTY 2022 award, the number of candidates are wide and varied with traditional diesel powered vans nominated alongside an even bigger selection of electric (BEV) variants.
In all there are fourteen new vans recently launched by eleven light commercial manufacturers for the IVOTY jury to elect one overall winner, which will be honoured at a special gala dinner during the forthcoming Solutrans 2021 trade fair in Lyon, France.
As the award programme enters its third decade, the philosophy and objectives remain unchanged, despite the high level of technology and innovation being achieved by manufacturers and also in meeting market trends.
“The main criteria for the International Van of the Year Award is the vehicles’ contribution to the efficiency, safety, sustainability and environmental standards of the light commercial vehicle sector. To be eligible, the vehicle must be new, in series production by the end of the year for which it receives the award, and present a significant technological innovation compared to previous generation models,” explained Jarlath Sweeney, Chairman, IVOTY.
During the course of the year, the 24 members of the IVOTY jury will have assessed and appraised each model before voting on the election day, towards the end of October. The results are independently adjudicated by the Road Haulage Association’s Department Head.
The nominations for IVOTY 2022 are as follows:
- RENAULT: New Kangoo, New Express
- STELLANTIS: Group PSA;
- Small Electric Van trio; Citroen eBerlingo, Peugeot ePartner, Opel Combo-e
- Large Electric Van trio – Citroen eJumper/eRelay, Peugeot eBoxer, Opel Movano-e
- FIAT Professional; Ducato, eDucato
- VOLKSWAGEN COMMERCIAL VEHICLES: Caddy5
- MERCEDES-BENZ: Citan II
- TOYOTA: Proace City Electric; Proace Electric
- MAXUS: E-Deliver9 & E-Deliver3
- PIAGGIO: New Porter NP6
In addition, the International Pick-up Award 2022 will be presented at Solutrans. This accolade, dedicated to 1-tonne pick-up trucks, every other year, from a business and utility perspective will be decided upon following a group test session in Croatia. Brands and models under scrutiny on this occasion include the Isuzu D-Max, Jeep Gladiator, SSangYong Musso, and Toyota Hilux.