Ford's continuing dominance in the Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) field has been reaffirmed once again with the announcement that they have picked up three more awards for their vans to add to what is an ever growing list this year.
The 2012 What Van? awards are regarded as some of the most important in the whole industry, and both the Ford Transit and Ranger models were rewarded for the excellent performance values that they have been providing to drivers over the last year.
Ford Transit vans have, of course, been a defining force in the LCV market for many decades now, but the Editor of What Van?, Paul Barker, singled the US manufacturer out for praise, explaining that they have done an excellent job of bringing the much admired Transit up to date so that it can cope with all the demands of modern day professional transport.
The Transit Custom was named as the Van of the Year, which was the only category in the awards in which there were apparently no other serious competitors for the crown; the absence of any other vehicles in the 'Highly Commended' category was a demonstration of just how dominant the Custom has been throughout 2012.
The Custom also achieved success in the niche Medium Van of the Year Category, whilst one of the most highly regarded new Ford vans of recent times, the latest Ford Ranger, also enjoyed success, collecting the gong for Pick-up of the Year.
Ford was officially acknowledged with special commendation in several other categories, with the Fiesta van named in the Small Van of the Year category, whilst the Custom was again praised in the Innovation Award. The Safety Award, meanwhile, made mention of the Ford Ranger's reassuring five star NCAP status.