The Fiat Doblo, which has also lends its name to a car version based on the van, was voted the winner ahead of the Ford Transit, Renault Trafic and Vauxhall Vivaro to scoop the award.
A jury comprising 24 prominent figures within the industry as well as journalists awarded the Fiat Doblo 128 points out of a possible 168 at the awards to celebrate the end of the prestigious van show in Germany.
Announcing the 2011 result, chairman of the International Van of the Year jury, Pieter Wieman, said: "The winning van design had impressed the jury on a number of fronts and above all by the fact that Fiat has succeeded in widening the number of platform and body varieties to a higher number than any other van in this category."
The Fiat Doblo Cargo currently offers long and short wheelbase versions, with a number of diesel and petrol powerplants to choose from.
These include a 1.4-litre 95bhp petrol engine and a choice of three diesels. All of thew diesel engine use Fiat’s award-winning MultiJet technology and come in 1.3, 1.6 and 2.0-litre variants.
Gerry Clarke, Director of Fiat Professional UK, said: "We have been enjoying a high level of interest from customers and the media in new Doblò Cargo since it was launched in the UK in March this year. It has already been widely acclaimed, and the International Van of the Year title is a wonderful accolade."
The new Fiat Doblo van, introduced in March 2010, received a new exterior to replace the unpopular looks of the older model.
The model is now the 3rd annual winner of the prestigious International Van of the Year award.