Two Award Victories for Ford Transit and Ranger

Added: 01 April 2020

At Day’s, we’re celebrating a double-award win for Ford!

The electrified Ford Hybrid Transit Custom line-up has been named International Van of the Year (IVOTY) 2020, and the Ford Ranger was winner of the International Pick-Up Award (IPUA) 2020.

Having received the same awards in 2013, this makes Ford the first manufacturer to take both the IVOTY and IPUA title in the same year on two occasions. In total, Ford have won the IVOTY title six times!

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Ford Transit Custom Hybrids – International Van of the Year 2020

The new Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid and Transit Custom EcoBlue Hybrid models were judged winners of the prestigious annual IVOTY award by a panel of 25 journalists from across Europe.

Jurors praised the range of electrified powertrain solutions offered by the Ford Hybrid line-up of Transit Custom vans – designed to help reduce fuel costs, allow entry to low-emission zones and offer practical solutions for businesses trying to reduce emissions and meet clean-air targets.

“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,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe.

The Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid can be charged with mains electricity for a pure electric driving range of up to 35 miles. The front wheels are driven by a 92.9kW electric motor powered by a 13.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Ford’s multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine acts as a range extender for total driving range exceeding 500 km.

The Transit Custom EcoBlue Hybrid’s mild-hybrid powertrain uses a belt-driven integrated starter/generator, enabling recovery and storage of energy during vehicle decelerations, and charging of a 48-volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack. The stored energy is used to provide torque assistance to the engine and can deliver up to 8% fuel efficiency improvement for Ford’s further enhanced 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine.

“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. And the Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid and Transit Custom EcoBlue Hybrid drive and perform so well!” said Jarlath Sweeney, chairman of the International Van of The Year jury.

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Ford Ranger – International Pick-Up Award 2020

The Ford Ranger took the IPUA title for the second year running by impressing the jurors with its more powerful and fuel-efficient 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel powertrain and advanced driver assistance technologies.

Available in Regular Cab, Super Cab, and Double Cab body styles, the new Ford Ranger features standard four-wheel drive and an enhanced version of Ford 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine offering up to a 9% fuel efficiency improvement when combined with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Driving technologies and tools include Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and FordPass Connect to boost convenience and productivity.

The Ranger line-up also includes the new Ranger Raptor – the most high-performing version ever. Powered by a 213 PS Bi-turbo 2.0 litre EcoBlue engine, the Ranger Raptor features extreme styling and is supported by a unique Ford Performance chassis optimised for high-speed off-road driving and go-anywhere capability.

“Europe’s best selling 1-tonne pick-up truck has been acknowledged by the Pick-up jury as their number one choice when it came to voting for the 2020 title holder,” Sweeney said. “It’s the second occasion that the Ranger has received this accolade after previously winning in 2013 and has come a long way since then with this latest generation.”

>>> Find out more about the Ford Ranger

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