Ford’s best-sellers honoured at Auto Express Awards

Two of Ford’s most popular models have been given accolades at this year’s Auto Express Awards.

The ever-popular Transit van has been named Van of the Year for the second year running, while the Fiesta was named the Best Supermini, an honour which it has won five times in the past six years.

For the Transit, this is the second Van of the Year award for the new Transit this year so far, after it was also given the same accolade by TheVanWebsite.co.uk in January.

Telegraph’s Car of the Year award

The Fiesta, meanwhile, also has a large tally of awards and honours racked up, the most recent of which is the Telegraph’s Car of the Year award in May.

Ford’s top-selling commercial vehicle, the Transit, was first awarded the title of Van of the Year for the smaller Transit Custom a year ago.

The new Transit combines class-beating load carrying capability and comes in a huge range of wheelbases, cab styles and roof heights, along with the Transit Connect and Courier vans.

Editor-in-chief of Auto Express, Steve Fowler, said: “Ford really has thrown absolutely everything at it and come up with one of the best vans we’ve ever seen. The numbers stack up so well for businesses, while it’s easier than ever to load and more enjoyable to drive.”

UK’s top-selling car

Meanwhile, the Fiesta has dominated the vehicle market in recent years, remaining the UK’s top-selling car. More than 70,000 Fiestas have been sold this year alone, nearly double that of its nearest rival.

The Auto Express editor said: “The Fiesta still sits at the top of the sales charts and at the top of our awards as Best Supermini. Its brilliant blend of stylish looks, impressive efficiency, affordable costs, space and quality are probably enough. But being so good to drive really puts it head and shoulders above rivals.”

Two Ford vehicles also received honourable mentions in the awards ; the Fiesta ST was commended in the Hot Hatch category, while the 2.2-litre TDCi Ranger was noted in the pick-up class.

Pricing for both models starts at only £9,995 for the new Ford Fiesta, while the Ford Transit has a starting price of £21,744.