The award, voted for by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA), means the new Ford Transit Custom replaces the VW Crafter, the 2012 winner.
Ford’s newest van to use the Transit name finished ahead of other popular vans such as the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner to take the top award.
Presenting the award to Ciaran McMahon of Ford Ireland, Paddy Murphy of award sponsors Continental Tyres Ireland said: “We witness great progress being made in commercial vehicles each year, not least in terms of fuel economy and driver technology, and Ford’s Transit Custom is a case in point.
“These and other strengths make it a worthy bearer of the title Continental Irish Van of the Year 2013.”
The Ford Transit Custom van, which has already been named International Van of the Year 2013, has been designed to feel much more car-like inside.
This means Ford has introduced some of the technology that first appeared in the new Ford Focus including its SYNC voice control, MP3 player and smartphone connectivity.
Ford says the van will act as a mobile office but will still offer 6.8 cubic metres of load space in the long wheelbase (L2) model. The more compact short wheelbase version (L1) will offer six cubic metres of load space.
Sliding rear doors and a storage area three metres in length boost practicality for the award-winning van, while Ford’s engine technology will cut running costs.
The new 2013 Ford Transit Custom comes with a 2.2-litre diesel engine in three variations; 100PS, 125PS and 155PS and all models meet strict Euro V emissions standards.
The van uses Ford’s eco-friendly technology such as automatic stop-start and will not be impacted by London’s Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) charges.
The new Ford Transit Custom is available to buy now for business customers at Perrys Ford dealerships.