EV takes top prize in 2021 Company Van Today awards

Citroen e-DispatchPeugeot e-ExpertToyota Proace ElectricVauxhall Vivaro-eCitroen BerlingoPeugeot PartnerToyota Proace CityVauxhall ComboFord Transit CustomMercedes SprinterVolkswagen CaddyEuro NCAP van crash test

An electric van has scooped the top spot in the Company Van Today Awards for the first time, with the new medium van from Stellantis and partner company Toyota sharing the big prize.

The newly introduced Citroen e-Dispatch, Peugeot e-Expert, Toyota Proace Electric and Vauxhall Vivaro-e are fundamental the same vehicle underneath, so share the Company Van Today Van of the Year Award after setting new standards for fleets looking to make the move to electrification. The Green Award went in the same direction for the same reason.

“Companies have long been waiting for a van of the right size, price and capability to allow them to move to electric vehicles in significant numbers, and this new medium van finally makes that a sensible reality,” said Company Van Today Editor Tom Webster.

The same combination of brands also collected the Light Van Award thanks to the all-round excellence of the model sold respectively as the Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner, Toyota Proace City and Vauxhall Combo, while Ford collected the Medium Van Award for the Transit Custom, and the Large Van Award went to the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Toyota’s hardy Hilux won the Pick-up and 4×4 Van top spot, ahead of the Highly Commended new Isuzu D-Max.

The Technology Award was won by the latest Volkswagen Caddy thanks to it raising the car in terms of car-like technology in the van sector, while the brand’s quality across the range is highlighted by Highly Commended recommendations for the VW Caddy, Transporter and Crafter across the three sizes of van.

The Innovation Award went to Euro NCAP for shining a spotlight on safety, and the big differences in protection offered by different in the light commercial vehicle arena with the new van crash tests.

The Company Van Today Awards reward the best vehicles in the industry; those light commercials that offer fleets a combination of great running costs, high quality, efficiency and clever features that help businesses do their jobs.

 

Company Van Today Awards 2021

Light van

Citroen Berlingo/Peugeot Partner/Toyota Proace City/Vauxhall Combo Cargo

Highly Commended – VW Caddy

Medium van

Ford Transit Custom

Highly Commended – VW Transporter

Large van

Mercedes Sprinter

Highly Commended – VW Crafter

Pickup & 4×4 Van

Toyota Hilux

Highly Commended – Isuzu D-Max

Technology award

VW Caddy

Innovation Award

Euro NCAP’s crash testing

Green Award

Citroen e-Dispatch/Peugeot e-Expert/Toyota Proace Electric/Vauxhall Vivaro-e

Van of the Year

Citroen e-Dispatch/Peugeot e-Expert/Toyota Proace Electric/Vauxhall Vivaro-e