Ford scoops international double

Ford secured a clean-sweep of the light commercial vehicle awards season as the electrified Ford Hybrid Transit Custom line-up was named International Van of the Year (IVOTY) 2020, while the Ford Ranger won International Pick-up Award (IPUA) 2020.

Ford is the first manufacturer to take both the IVOTY and IPUA titles in the same year on two occasions, having first achieved the feat in 2013.

Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe, said: “Our new Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid and EcoBlue Hybrid models are the right vehicles at the right time – helping our customers reduce costs and emissions, and meeting the challenges of operating in today’s business environment without sacrificing practicality or payload. And our new Ranger is raising the bar for refinement, technology and productivity in the pick-up segment.”

Jarlath Sweeney, chairman of the International Van of The Year jury, added: “Congratulations to Ford on their double success in winning both the International Van of the Year Award 2020 and International Pick-up Award 2020 in the same year. A great achievement and well deserved. With a clear focus on hybridisation, the Ford engineers have developed a sustainable drivetrain that is here and now to the benefit of urban, inter-urban and rural operators.”