Ford Transit wins 4×4 award

The versatile large van was named as the best minibus in 2010 as well as the best 4×4 can on the market for its all-wheel drive Transit version.

The latter is expected to sell strongly in the winter months, with many businesses turning to 4×4 vans to allow business to continue in icy and wet weather.

Across the world, the Transit has become synonymous with vans, with the Southampton-built vehicle reaching 45 years of production earlier in 2010.

Paul Barker, editor of What Van? said of the award winners: “Both are excellent variants that make it easier for users to go about their daily business as efficiently as possible, and deserve their success.”

In a hat-trick of awards for Ford, the small Fiesta Van finished ahead of the rival Vauxhall Corsavan to be named the Small Van of the Year at the awards.

It is the second year in a row the compact Fiesta Van has won the title because of its close links with the best-selling car of 2010, the Ford Fiesta supermini.

Barker said: “Given Ford’s domination of the UK commercial vehicle market, it should come as no surprise that it has collected a hat-trick of What Van? awards. The Fiesta Van looks great, and drives as well as it looks, while offering very different characters in the form of the equally excellent SportVan and ECOnetic models.

The manufacturer also picked up a commendation for the One-Stop-Shop programme which converts Transit vans into a wide variety of specialist vehicles such as dropside, tipper, freezer and minibuses.

Ford is the best-selling van manufacturer in the UK in 2010 with over 54,000 sold so far. This is more than double Vauxhall in second place and represents an 11.82 per cent increase on 2009 sales.