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Volkswagen is Top for Trades at the Business Van of the Year Awards


LONDON--Jan. 17, 2014: Volkswagen swept the boards at the inaugural Business Van of the Year Awards, run by Business Vans and supported by MAGMA Automotive, announced today (16 January, 2014).

“Congratulations to Volkswagen and its Transporter for winning the inaugural Business Van of the Year Award.”

The awards, aimed at trades, highlighted the best vans across the spectrum of small business van operations.

The Volkswagen Transporter was named 'Business Van of the Year' and 'Best Large Trades Van', while the Volkswagen Crafter carried off the title of 'Best Heavy Van'.

Editorial director Ralph Morton commented: “Congratulations to Volkswagen and its Transporter for winning the inaugural Business Van of the Year Award.

“The Transporter is the ideal all-rounder for the trades, offering quality, value and reliability in equal measure – exactly what any small business running a van requires. Added to which is the back up of VW Van Centres, making the Transporter the complete package.”

In addition, Volkswagen won a further three titles as the manufacturer demonstrated its understanding of small business commercial vehicle requirements.

Volkswagen’s servicing plan won 'Best Servicing Package for Van Owners' and the Amarok pick-up won both the 'Best Double Cab' and 'Best Utility Vehicle' titles.

Other winners included Renault for 'Best Small Trades Van' (Kangoo) and 'Best Green Van' (electric Kangoo ZE).

Ford won 'Best Crew Van' with the Transit Custom Cab-in-Van, Citroen was awarded 'Best City Van' for the Nemo, Vauxhall won 'Best Local Delivery Van' with the Corsavan, while 'Best Builders' Truck' was the Fuso Canter.

Mercedes-Benz, meanwhile, won 'Best Finance Package for Van Owners'.

“With van sales demonstrating a welcome resurgence fuelled by a recovering economy, it’s vital that trades choose the right van for their job. These awards do just that,” added Morton.

Over 200,000 unique visitors, searching for van news and advice, come to Business Vans each year.

The Business Van of the Year Awards were judged by an independent panel of experts: Mark Cartwright, head of vans and light commercial vehicles at the Freight Transport Association (FTA); Marcus Puddy, director of commercial vehicles at Lex Autolease; Richard Bunn, managing director of White Hot Vans; Eddie Parker, LCV consultant at GE Capital Fleet Services; Rod Lloyd, managing director of Low Cost Vans; and judging chairman Keith Hawes, managing director of Magma Automotive Services.

Full details of the Business Van Awards 2014 can be found at Volkswagen Award