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Sunday 24 September 2017

Van of the Year Awards 2013

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Welcome to the VansA2Z Vans of the Year Awards for 2013. These days, light commercial vehicles are technologically sophisticated pieces of kit; long gone are the days when a heater used to be on the options list. In fact, it would be fair to say that there isn’t a bad van currently on sale.

This is great news for drivers and operators alike, but it makes our job problematic, to say the least. And that’s without taking into account all the re-badging that goes on in the world of LCVs; a necessity because of the relatively low sales volumes — compared to passenger cars — and astronomically high R&D costs.

We take our job very seriously and just like many of the visitors to this site we spend our time on the road behind the wheel of a van or pick-up. We take all aspects of a light commercial into account when deciding on the award winners. But there are several fundamental factors that are of prime importance, beyond a vehicle fulfilling its function, riding and handling well, and being comfortable and refined; fuel economy and residual value.

The cost of a litre of diesel is nudging £1.50 and if all the predictions are to be believed it will go higher sooner, rather than later. Residual value is important because it plays a significant part in the calculation of the monthly cost to lease or contract hire a van.

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 VansA2Z Van of the Year 2013 accolade.

We 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. Keep up the good work.
 
This year's Awards Lunch took place at Lords Cricket Ground in London.
 
Vans of the Year 2013 Award Winners
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Vans of the Year Awards 2013 - All Categories

Due to the diverse nature of LCVs, it’s necessary to break down the market into quite a few categories; here are all the 2013 winners…
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Vans of the Year Awards 2013 - Small Panel Van & VOTY

Ford’s superb new Transit Custom is a more than worthy winner of our Small Panel Van and overall Van of the Year Awards…
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Vans of the Year Awards 2013 - Microvan

The microvan and a host of micro-conversions are alive and well in the diminutive shape of the DFSK Loadhopper.…
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Vans of the Year Awards 2013 - Small Van

Ford's latest generation Fiesta Van can be vastly enjoyable to drive, especially if you opt for the Sport Van…
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Vans of the Year Awards 2013 - Light Van

What really impresses about the Fiat Doblò and Vauxhall Combo is the breadth of model choice available and drivers are going to be happy…
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Vans of the Year Awards 2013 - Large Panel Van

Iveco’s robust, no-nonsense but refined, extensive Daily range scoops this year’s VansA2Z Large Panel Van award…
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Vans of the Year Awards 2013 - Pick-Up

Isuzu's D-Max engine seems to have an endless supply of torque, there’s a full choice of body styles and trim levels go from basic to bling…
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Vans of the Year Awards 2013 - Light Truck

Nissan’s forward-control, rear-wheel drive Cabstar chassis cab is difficult to beat as an uncomplaining workhorse…
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Vans of the Year Awards 2013 - Minibus

Ford's Transit remains an impressive vehicle and continues to do sterling work as a dependable passenger carrier…
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Vans of the Year Awards 2013 - 4x4 CDV

An even better performer than its predecessor, Mitsubishi’s recently introduced new Outlander is VansA2Z’s 4x4 CDV of the Year…
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Vans of the Year Awards 2013 - 4x4 Panel Van

One reason why we are so impressed with the versatile Sprinter 4x4 is the presence of an automatic electronic traction system…
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Vans of the Year Awards 2013 - One-Stop Shop

One of the best — and certainly the most comprehensive — of the One-Stop Shop line-ups is Citroën’s Ready to Run programme…
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Vans of the Year Awards 2013 - LCV Lease Provider

LeasePlan has a proactive approach with dedicated staff who understand the critical areas of the industry…
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Vans of the Year Awards 2013 - Innovation

Crash protection is not generally associated with panel vans, but the Ford Transit Custom has changed that forever…


ecoVans of the Year 2013 Award Winners
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Vans of the Year Awards 2013 - ecoVOTY

Available as a Van, Maxi Van and Maxi Crew Van, Renault's all-electric Kangoo Z.E. has a range of 80 miles…
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Vans of the Year Awards 2013 - Diesel ecoVOTY

Super-efficient modern diesels of all sizes are returning lower fuel consumption figures than ever before…
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Vans of the Year Awards 2013 - EcoInnovation

With the ongoing push towards more sustainable transport we have introduced a new ecoInnovation Award this year…

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