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Ford Commercial Vehicles Power Ahead With Two More Awards

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BRENTWOOD, UNITED KINGDOM – Marc 21, 2013: Ford has claimed a double victory at the 2013 Trade Van Driver (TVD) Awards, with the highly acclaimed Ford Transit Custom and Ford Ranger pick-up receiving top honours.

The Ford Transit Custom is “Best Medium Van”, hailed by TVD judges as “a quantum leap forward” over its predecessor. The Transit Custom’s intelligent design, more fuel-efficient engine line-up, and introduction of advanced vehicle technologies like SYNC – Ford’s in-car connectivity system – were all praised.

The Ford Ranger is “Best 4x4 Truck” against stiff competition – praised for its robust appearance, its car-like ride and handling and supreme ability to cope with rough terrain. The variety of different Ranger models was also highly commended by the judges.

The TVD Awards aim to give recognition to manufacturers, firms and people who, in the opinion of the judges and readers using light commercial vehicles daily, offer the best solution to retail van buyers.

Trade Van Driver Magazine editor, Matthew Eisenegger, said: “Trade Van Driver Magazine prides itself on offering a true reflection of the thoughts and feelings of its readership. With the awards now in a second year, it is great to see some products taking the accolade for a second time, as well as new products scoring a first win.”

Ford sales director, Andy Barratt, said: “The awards for Ford’s exciting commercial vehicle range keep on coming. We’re delighted with Transit Custom’s very healthy sales start, contributing to Ford’s overall 21 per cent share of the UK CV market for the year to date. Ranger continues to sell remarkably well having nearly doubled its presence in the pick-up segment to 16.6 per cent so far this year, compared with 2012.”

The Ford Transit Custom and new Ford Ranger have won 15 awards between them in the last 12 months, including the prestigious International Van of the Year 2013 and International Pick-up Award 2013 titles.