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Saturday 23 September 2017

Van of the Year Awards 2015

Van of the Year 2015 LogoWelcome to the VansA2Z Van of the Year 2015 Awards and as usual the editorial chaps have put their collective heads together to come up with the definitive list of the best light commercials in a selection of categories. The sheer diversity of the market demands that we have to split it up and in each case there’s a winner and a highly commended. The highest accolade we bestow, the overall Van of the Year 2015 trophy, is awarded to one of the main category winners.

We say this every time, but the job of deciding who wins what just becomes more difficult as the years roll by; vans are no longer simply boxes on wheels. They are sophisticated pieces of machinery employing technologies filtered through from passenger cars and trucks, and with refinement levels unheard of even five years ago.

VOTY 2015 WinnersAnother noticeable and very welcome trend is the gradual improvement in fuel consumption; one of the biggest expenditures of any operator. Diesel prices may be low at the moment, but this situation will not last forever.

The previous twelve months have seen a flurry of all-new model launches and mid-life upgrades, particularly in the panel van sector. This is set to continue throughout 2015 and a bevy of new pick-ups are also on the way.

Next year sees the introduction of Euro 6 emission regulations in September, so it looks like we, along with the rest of the industry, are not going to get any rest any time soon.


All of the advances, however, are for everyone’s benefit. LCVs are becoming more space and payload efficient, more economical with fuel, more comfortable and safer. It’s the manufacturers, and in particular their engineers and designers, we have to thank for this and long may it continue.

The VansA2Z Van of the Year 2015 Awards industry lunch was held at Twickenham Stadium on 19 March.

Van of the Year 2015
Fiat Doblo VOTY 2015

Van of the Year Awards 2015 - Light Van & VOTY

Sporting a stylish new exterior design and some key technical enhancements, Fiat's latest Doblò Cargo is an impressive package…

ecoVan of the Year 2015
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Van of the Year Awards 2015 - EcoVOTY

If anybody doubts that electric vans can be viable working tools then they should get behind the wheel of Nissan's e-NV200…

Van of the Year 2015 – All Categories
Fiat Doblo VOTY 2015

Van of the Year Awards 2015 - Light Van & VOTY

Sporting a stylish new exterior design and some key technical enhancements, Fiat's latest Doblò Cargo is an impressive package…
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Van of the Year Awards 2015 - Microvan

There’s just the one contender, DFSK’s Loadhopper, but we reckon there is still a viable market for microvans in the UK…
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Van of the Year Awards 2015 - Small Van

If you’re after a compact, and above all fuel-efficient, car-derived hatchback van then check out the excellent Fiesta Van at your local Ford dealership…
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Van of the Year Awards 2015 - Small Panel Van

A combination of ride, handling and overall on-the-road performance keeps the Transit Custom ahead of its rivals in this highly competitive sector…
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Van of the Year Awards 2015 - Large Panel Van

Refined, cost-effective, handles superbly and has a class-leading gearchange; that’s the latest generation Ford Transit…
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Van of the Year Awards 2015 - Pick-up

Isuzu's D-Max pick-up is available as a no-nonsense working tool or with all the bells and whistles; the choice is yours…
Fuso Canter Light Truck of the Year 2015

Van of the Year Awards 2015 - Light Truck

Upgraded last year and marketed through Merc's dealer network, the Fuso Canter takes this category for a second year…
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Van of the Year Awards 2015 - Minibus

The high level of safety set by Merc's Sprinter Traveliner is one of the key reasons why it’s our Minibus of the Year yet again…
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Van of the Year Awards 2015 - 4x4 CDV

With a choice of diesel or petrol/electric hybrid drivetrains the Mitsubishi Outlander is an easy winner in this niche category…
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Van of the Year Awards 2015 - 4x4 Panel Van

With selectable four-wheel drive and low ratio gears Merc’s Sprinter remains the king of the low-rise 4x4 drive panel vans…
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Van of the Year Awards 2015 - One-Stop Shop

One of the big advantages of off-the-shelf standard chassis cab conversions is that they are instantly available; Citroën is a past master…
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Van of the Year Awards 2015 - Editor's Choice

Get behind the wheel of some vans, set off down the road and you just know it’s right; the Ford Transit Courier is one of them…
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Van of the Year Awards 2015 - Lease Provider

For some operators choosing a lease provider is just as important a decision as choosing the right light commercial vehicle for the job…
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Van of the Year Awards 2015 - Van Rental Company

Van rental companies allow operators to take on additional short- or long-term contracts without the financial burden of buying new vehicles…

Van of the Year 2015 – Special Awards
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Van of the Year Awards 2015 - Lifetime Achievement

It's 50 years since the first Ford Transit rolled off the production line and it’s become a genuine automotive legend; and more recently a brand…
LCV Hero 2015 Bob Sockl

Van of the Year Awards 2015 - LCV Hero

Bob Sockl played a vital role in ensuring that the Commercial Vehicle Show didn’t die a death in the dark days of the recession…

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