IF it’s got a blue oval on the front, fleet operators want it on their van fleet!
Ford won both the small van category and the large van category in the ACFO awards – the vote of professional fleet operators. So if you’re a van fleet operator thinking of changing your vans – you should take this into account.
The Ford Transit Connect Van was voted the nation’s favourite Small Van for the ninth time in succession, while its Transit stablemate returned to the winner’s rostrum after a two-year absence to claim the Large Van of the Year title for the 15th time in the history of the awards.
Ford’s dominance of the Awards was completed with the manufacturer winning the Fleet Safety Initiative Award for its Focus Driver Assistance Pack and Fleet Car of the Year for the Ford Focus.
ACFO chairman Julie Jenner said: “Fleet decision-makers are reliant on motor manufacturers to deliver vehicles that are cost effective to operate, safe, reliable and environmentally-friendly and supplier companies to provide a first class service.
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ACFO FLEET AWARDS 2011
Small Van of the Year Winner – Ford Transit Connect Shortlist – Volkswagen Caddy, Citroen Berlingo, Mercedes Vito, Peugeot Bipper
Large Van of the Year Winner – Ford Transit Shortlist – Mercedes Sprinter, Vauxhall Movano, Vauxhall Vivaro, Fiat Ducato
Fleet Safety Initiative of the Year
Winner – Ford Focus Driver Assistance Pack Shortlist – DVLA Licence Checking, Mercedes-Benz for in car safety systems, ALD Automotive ProFleet2.
Fleet Service Company of the Year Winner – ALD Automotive Shortlist – Marshall Leasing, Lex Autolease, LeasePlan
Environmental Initiative of the Year Winner – BMW EfficientDynamics Shortlist – ‘From A to B: The ACFO Guide to UK Journey Planning’, Bosch Stop-Start systems, ALD Automotive ProFleet2
Green Vehicle of the Year Winner – Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion Shortlist – BMW 3 Series, Nissan Leaf, Volvo V50 DRIVe, Vauxhall EcoFlex range
Fleet Car of the Year
Winner – Ford Focus
Shortlist – BMW 3 Series, Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Golf, Skoda Octavia.