Picture of the Week – International Van of the Year & International Pick-up Awards presented at Solutrans 2023

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At the Solutrans 2023 Gala Banquet at EuroExpo, Lyon, France on Wednesday 22 November, Ford and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles were presented with the International Van and Pick-up Award trophies.

In the space of twenty three years within the thirty two year history of the International Van of the Year Award (IVOTY), the Ford Transit has won the title the five times, the most prestigious honour in the European Light Commercial Vehicle industry. Ford Pro’s new Transit Custom is the latest recipient of the IVOTY, for 2024.

In the election for the IVOTY 2024, the jury, consisting of 24 members of leading commercial vehicle publications across Europe gave top marks to the latest Ford Transit Custom, ahead of the new Iveco eDaily along with the Renault Trafic E-Tech, to complete the podium position.

The other finalists included the HYVIA Master E-Tech H2, Mercedes-Benz eCitan and Opel Vivaro-e Hydrogen, indicating the diversity and choice of drivetrains available today in the light commercial vehicle sectors.

Both Ford Pro and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles have now won the International Pick-up Award (IPUA) three times, following the announcement and twin-trophy presentation at the event, attended by a 1,400 strong national and international audience.

While the Ford Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok completed their ‘hat-trick’ of IPUA victories, this time it was shared between the two brands and models. This was the first time that this has occurred since the global honour for pick ups was established in 2010.

Pictured at the twin trophy presentation are Karl Bernqvist; Member of the Brand Management Board responsible for Procurement at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Jarlath Sweeney; Chairman, IVOTY & IPUA and Tim Slatter; Global Product Development Manger, Ford Motor Company.

More details from the event with feature on fleet.ie and in the next edition of Fleet Transport magazine.