International Van of the Year 2020 and International Pick-Up Award 2020
We are very pleased to announce that the Ford Hybrid Transit Custom and Ford EcoBlue Hybrid vans are announced as International Van of the Year 2020. PLUS the Ford Ranger takes the International Pick-Up Award 2020.
Jurors praised the range of electrified powertrain solutions offered by the Ford Hybrid line-up of Transit Custom vans –designed to help reduce fuel costs for operators, allow entry to the increasing number of low-emission zones and offer practical solutions for businesses trying to reduce emissions and meet clean-air targets.
The Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid and Transit Custom EcoBlue Hybrid 1-tonne vans, and the Transit EcoBlue Hybrid 2-tonne van that earned the runner-up position at this year’s ceremony, are three of 14 electrified vehicles Ford is introducing to Europe before the end of 2020. Ford has now won the IVOTY title six times.
The Ford Ranger – Europe’s No. 1 best-selling pick-up* – impressed the 18 jurors with its more powerful and fuel efficient 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel powertrain and advanced driver assistance technologies to take the biennial IPUA title.
Combining zero-emission driving capability and no range anxiety, the Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid can be charged with mains electricity for a pure electric NEDC driving range of up to 56 km (35 miles).** The vehicle’s front wheels are driven exclusively by a 92.9 kW electric motor powered by a 13.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Ford’s multi-award winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine acts as a range extender for total driving range exceeding 500 km.
The Transit Custom EcoBlue Hybrid’s mild-hybrid powertrain uses a belt-driven integrated starter/generator in place of the standard alternator, enabling recovery and storage of energy during vehicle decelerations, and charging of a 48-volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack. The stored energy is used to provide torque assistance to the engine and has been optimised to deliver up to an 8 per cent fuel efficiency improvement for Ford’s further enhanced 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine.
Available in Regular Cab, Super Cab, and Double Cab body styles, the new Ford Ranger features standard four-wheel drive and an enhanced version of Ford 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine offering up to a 9 per cent fuel efficiency improvement when combined with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Driving technologies include standard Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, and new tools including available FordPass Connect on-board modem technology boost convenience and productivity.
The Ranger line-up also includes the new Ranger Raptor – the most high-performing version ever. Powered by a 213 PS Bi-turbo 2.0 litre EcoBlue engine, the Ranger Raptor features extreme styling and is supported by a unique Ford Performance chassis optimised for high-speed off-road driving and go-anywhere capability.
Ford are now the first manufacturer to win both awards in the same year for a second time (following the same awards in 2013).
These awards are especially welcome following the hard work to launch all new and freshened product across the entire commercial vehicle line-up over the last 2 years.