The all-new Ford Transit Connect was recently named “International Van of the Year 2014” at the COMTRANS commercial vehicle exhibition in Moscow. Ford became the first single manufacturer to win the award for two consecutive years.
Ford registered a fifth “International Van of the Year” victory after the jury of 24 European specialist journalists awarded the Transit Connect 130 points from a maximum possible 163 to put it ahead of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (123) and Renault Kangoo (25).
According to Ford, the award for the all-new Transit Connect follows previous successes for the Transit (2001), Transit Connect (2003), Transit (2007) and Transit Custom (2013).
“The all-new Transit Connect has moved the game on for compact vans — and we are really proud to win this significant award again,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president of product development, Ford of Europe. “The new Transit Connect is just as tough and hard-working as all our commercial vehicle range, and comes with smart new looks and much lower fuel bills.”
As Ford completely redesigns its entire commercial vehicle line-up over a two-year period, the new Transit Connect joins an all-new four-strong Transit range, alongside the Transit Custom and the forthcoming 2-tonne Transit and Transit Courier to be launched in 2014.
According to Ford, the Transit Connect offers van operators class-leading fuel economy, load carrying ability and durability, with the ECOnetic model delivering 4.0 l/100 km (70.6 mpg) and carbon dioxide emissions of 105 g/km — a 34% improvement versus the current model.
“The all-new Transit Connect impressed the jury on a number of fronts, and above all by the fact Ford has succeeded in building a light van with a strong accent on economics — the vehicle is a good answer to the needs of small operators as well as big fleets to reduce the cost of transport of goods,” said Pieter Wieman, chairman of the “International Van of the Year” jury.
The all-new Transit Connect is now available to order for delivery in late 2013.