Tuesday 17 July 2018

Van of the Year Awards 2014

voty-2014-generic-greenWelcome to the VansA2Z Vans of the Year Awards 2014. Every year we get behind the wheel of all the new and revised model ranges, and revisit as many of the established players as possible; there’s nothing quite like hands-on appraisal to get under the skin of a vehicle.

Due to the diverse nature of LCVs, it’s necessary to break down the market into quite a few categories. Each of the main ones has a winner and a highly commended, and it’s one of the former that takes our overall Van of the Year 2014 trophy.

Vans may not be the most glamorous piece of the automotive jigsaw, but they are a fundamental one; without them UK PLC would literally grind to a halt. It may make our job more difficult, but its heartening to say that thanks to the application of advanced technologies vans are no longer simply boxes on wheels. They are sophisticated pieces of machinery aimed at maximising productivity and minimising running costs.

Fuel-efficiency and engine refinement have become bye-words in the van industry and the manufacturers’ engineers have to be congratulated on their achievements. Every time we drive a new generation diesel we’re convinced that it’s as good as it’s ever going to get. But we keep getting proven wrong and long may it continue.

VansA2Z would like to thank the manufacturers, and in particular their engineers and designers, for making our life difficult; it’s for the benefit of us all so keep up the good work.

This year's Awards Lunch took place at the Kia Oval in London on 27 March.

Van of the Year 2014 Award Winners

Van of the Year Awards 2014 - Large Panel Van & VOTY

It's big, it's beautiful, and it's an outright winner. We're talking about Ford's brand-new two-tonne Transit range…

Van of the Year Awards 2014 - Microvan

DFSK's Loadhopper may be the sole microvan range on sale in the UK, but that's no reason why it can't receive an award…

Van of the Year Awards 2014 - Small Van

Anybody who believes there is no place for the small hatchback-based van these days has clearly never driven the latest Ford Fiesta Van…

Van of the Year Awards 2014 - Light Van

More stylish than its predecessor, but sharing its sturdy demeanour, the recently-launched new Transit Connect is a deserving winner…

Van of the Year Awards 2014 - Small Panel Van

One of the best-built and most competent Ford vans ever, Transit Custom raised the bar to new heights when it was launched last year…

Van of the Year Awards 2014 - Pick-Up

D-Max is designed as a workhorse and is just as at home in a farmyard or on a construction site than it is parked outside a fancy West End…

Van of the Year Awards 2014 - Light Truck

If you are looking for a light truck that is as easy to drive as a panel van then Fuso’s recently-revamped Canter could be just the ticket…

Van of the Year Awards 2014 - Minibus

Well-put-together in typical Mercedes fashion with quality materials used throughout, there is no denying that the Sprinter Traveliner is a…

Van of the Year Awards 2014 - 4x4 CDV

Mitsubishi’s Outlander 4Work is a civilised, fuel-efficient 4x4 with a surprisingly capacious load area…

Van of the Year Awards 2014 - 4x4 Panel Van

One of a bare handful of vehicles of its size and type available in the UK, Merc's Sprinter has once again driven off with the 4x4 Panel…

Van of the Year Awards 2014 - One-Stop Shop

Citroën’s Ready to Run programme is one of the most comprehensive and oldest-established one-stop shop LCV conversion schemes…

Van of the Year Awards 2014 - LCV Lease Provider

This year’s Lease Provider Award goes to a company which has made an effctive contribution in the LCV market…

Van of the Year Awards 2014 - Innovation

The latest generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is being produced with a comprehensive suite of standard and optional safety systems…

ecoVan of the Year 2014 Award Winners

Van of the Year Awards 2014 - ecoVOTY

Renault's battery-powered Kangoo Van Z.E. is the only vehicle of its type that is a viable proposition for ordinary…

Van of the Year Awards 2014 - Diesel ecoVOTY

While sales of electric vans will doubtless increase over the next few years, diesels will continue to dominate for the…

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