Not only does Ford continue to lead the UK’s market commercial vehicle market, with a 22.3 per cent share for the year to date, but the manufacturer has now been named the Van Manufacturer of the Year by Fleet World magazine.
With models including the iconic Transit van, the Transit Courier and the Transit Connect, Ford continues to remain one of the benchmark setters for what manufacturers can achieve in the commercial sector.
One other particular Ford van, the modern Transit Custom, was the model which won three of the manufacturer’s five accolades at the 2013 Fleet World Honours.
Launched earlier this year, the Ford Transit Custom has been named the Best New Van, the Best Medium Van and won the Innovation Award from Fleet World magazine in 2013.
The latter award, for Innovation, was gained thanks to the fact the Transit Custom includes innovative features including Ford’s Integrated Roof Rack, Load-through Bulkhead and Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance, which can automatically call the emergency services using a Bluetooth connected mobile phone.
The Transit Custom has managed to already sell over 3,100 units to UK motorists. It has managed its success at the Fleet World award ceremony due to its extended service intervals of two years/30,000 miles, reduced ownership costs, and a significant uplift in residual values, all of which benefits fleet customers.
The Ford Transit meanwhile sells around 60,000 new units a year in the UK market and leads the medium van market with 33.5 per cent market share for the year-to-date.
This latest Ford Transit van also includes a number of features not usually found on commercial vehicles, including Load-sensing Electronic Stability Control, rollover mitigation and hill-start assist.
Meanwhile the Ford B-Max, a mini-MPV model, also took an award at the 2013 Fleet World Honours. The B-Max took the Design of the Year award, thanks to its unique body design which eliminates the traditional central pillar and features twin rear sliding doors.
Ford has sold almost 10,000 units of the B-Max in the UK market since its launch back in August last year.
New Ford cars and vans are available now at Perrys Ford Dealerships over in Aylesbury and High Wycombe.