Prizes in Transit: Ford wins again!

Ford Transit has been named best medium van for 2012 by leading magazine What Van?.

The Ford Fiesta Van, the Ford Transit One Stop Shop programme and Ford's ECOnetic technologies were also highly commended.

Paul Barker, editor of What Van? said: "The new Stage 5 Ford Transit has made impressive improvements to the UK's most popular light commercial vehicle, and brought new levels of refinement and economy to the iconic model.

"Efficiency gains will save operators money, more important than ever in the current climate, and add further appeal to a range of vehicles that have all-round appeal.

"The expert What Van? judging panel were also happy to give a number of highly commended acknowledgments to a range of Ford products, proving the breadth of appeal from the UK's biggest-selling van brand," continued Barker.

ECOnetic technologies available on Ford commercial vehicles include Auto-Start-Stop (which automatically shuts down the engine when at idle, and with the transmission and clutch disengaged) and 70mph Speed Limiter. There are also two new Ford Transit ECOnetic models with an improvement of up to 8.5 per cent in fuel economy and emissions versus the original Transit ECOnetic.

Elwyn Pritchard, commercial vehicle sales manager for Foray Motor Group, said Foray customers were already benefiting from Euro 5 Transit, with several now on the road and proving very popular thanks to both improved economy and performance.

In the last six years, the Ford Transit has won 15 What Van? awards.