The Peugeot Partner van/Citroën Berlingo van/Opel Combo Cargo, the joint light commercial vehicle collaboration from Groupe PSA, has been voted the 2020 Continental Tyres Irish Van of the Year.
Voted on by a jury of eleven of Ireland’s most experienced commercial vehicle journalists, the annual Continental Tyres Irish Van of the Year Award acknowledges productivity, safety, comfort and fuel efficiency in the latest van technology.
The Peugeot Partner/Citroën Berlingo/Opel Combo Cargo came out on top in a field of six contenders for this year’s title. Reflecting the growing popularity of electricity as a fuel source, the competition included the electric powered Mercedes Benz e-Vito. In the Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year 2020 competition, for the first time ever, an electric car took the coveted title, the Kia e-Soul.
Presenting the award to the three Irish Van of the Year winners, Tom Dennigan of award sponsors, Continental Tyres, said: “The Peugeot Partner/Citroën Berlingo / Opel Combo Cargo is a worthy winner of the Irish Van of the Year title. What a great accolade to have for each van as we head into the busy January sales period.”
Joint Chairmen of the Irish Van of the Year jury Anthony Conlon and Jarlath Sweeney commented: “Congratulations to the Citroën, Opel and Peugeot teams on this well-deserved win. I was impressed with the improved safety and driver assistance systems of the combined van product. Also, worthy of note are the great driving dynamics of each model, just like driving a passenger car,” said Anthony.
“The Peugeot Partner/Citroën Berlingo/Opel Combo Cargo was always going to be a serious contender for the award, having won the International title last year. Each model is packed with technological advancements to aid the driver and financially benefit the owner or fleet manager. All in all, an excellent package, well put together,” added Jarlath.