Ford Europe has announced that it has landed a pair of coveted awards allowing it to sweep the annual light commercial vehicle awards. The electrified Ford Hybrid Transit Custom line has been honored as International Van of the Year (IVOTY) 2020, and the Ford Ranger won the International Pick-up Award (IPUA) 2020. Ford is the first automaker to take both titles in the same year on two different occasions.
Its first win in both categories was in 2013. The new Ford Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid and Transit Custom EcoBlue Hybrid models were collectively judged as the winners of the IVOTY award by a panel of 25 journalists from 25 countries across Europe. The award was handed out at a special ceremony in Lyon, France.
The jurors praised the range of powertrain solutions that Ford offers. Ford says that its hybrid line was designed to reduce fuel costs for operators and allow them to enter the increasing number of low-emission zones. Ford’s Transit EcoBlue Hybrid 2-ton van landed the runner up position. The latest win marks the sixth time Ford has won the IVOTY award.
The Ford Ranger, which is the top-selling pickup in Europe, was chosen by 18 of the jurors in part because of its more powerful and fuel-efficient 2.0-liter EcoBlue engine and advanced driver-assist tech. Ford Europe offers the Ranger in regular, SuperCab, and crew cab styles. The truck comes with standard four-wheel drive and the enhanced 2.0L EcoBlue four paired with a 10-speed automatic. The Ford Ranger Raptor is also offered exclusively in Europe. Ford is the number-one commercial vehicle brand in Europe based on sales year-to-date.