Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles named Van Fleet Manufacturer of the Year
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has won four top accolades at the 2017 Commercial Fleet awards, including three van of the year award categories for the Caddy, Transporter and all-new Crafter, as well as the coveted Van Fleet Manufacturer of the Year crown.
The Commercial Fleet awards are judged by a panel of industry experts, including fleet decision makers, and representatives from leasing companies and the major pricing guides.
Commenting on Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, they said: ‘The Caddy is a trailblazer when it comes to safety offering fleets a host of innovations including post-collision braking and AEB fitted as standard. It is pushing forward with petrol models more suited to urban environments while fleets benefit from strong residual values and excellent support from both manufacturer dealers.’ The Transporter’s win was due to a number of factors: driver appeal, reliable, safety, breadth of range, great trim levels, excellent engine options, strong residuals and four-wheel drive option.
Summing up the Crafter, they said: ‘The Crafter is brand new from the ground up and has undeniably raised the bar in this segment. Volkswagen listened to its customers and produced a van that prioritised safety and met all their operational needs. It combines the emotional appeal, by being car-like to drive, and the practical appeal, such as the load lashing points in the back, while having competitive cost of ownership.’ They concluded: ‘As close to faultless as it gets.’
In explaining the reasons for the overall Van Fleet Manufacturer of the Year award, Editor in Chief of Fleet News, AM, Commercial Fleet and Fleet Leasing, Stephen Briers, said: ‘After almost sweeping the board in the van categories with outstanding new and revised models that are setting new benchmarks in their respective sectors, Volkswagen deservedly takes the top prize. The company offers outstanding support for all types of fleet, large and small, with dedicated back-up from its van dealer network. It has put the focus on listening to customers and providing them with the vehicles and support they need.’
David Hanna, Head of Fleet for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, collected the awards on behalf of the brand at the ceremony in Birmingham on 30 November. He said: ‘Our vans have had a fantastic year for awards – with the tally now at over 15. These accolades give reassurance to buyers that they’re getting the best vans on the market.
‘But the icing on the cake is the Manufacturer of the Year award. Great vans are only part of the story: our brand’s Working With You promise is our guarantee that we’ll be there for fleets, throughout the journey, to keep their vehicles on the road and businesses moving forward. External recognition for our whole support package is the seal of approval that customers need.’
For more information on Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ award-winning range of products and services, contact your local Breeze Van Centre:
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