Clean sweep for Ford in Irish Van of the Year awards

Ford has dominated the the Continental Irish Van of the Year 2013 awards with a clean sweep of all three titles on offer.

Last November, the all-new Ford Transit Custom was voted Continental Irish Van of the Year 2013 by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA ). It came out on top from eight contenders for the prestigious annual award, finishing ahead of the new Citroen Berlingo Airstream in second place and the new Peugeot Partner in third.

Last week the Fiesta Van and Ranger Pick-up completed the clean sweep for Ford with both having been subsequently named category winners of the Continental Irish Van of the Year 2013 title by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA ) van jury.

All nine voting members of the IMWA van jury took part in the vote. In deciding on these category winners, the jury members took into account such attributes as load capacity, reliability, overall versatility, cost of ownership, and drive comfort.

Presenting the awards to Donella Casey, fleet, supply, and distribution manager of Ford Ireland; John Morgan, Continental Tyres Ireland business development manager, commented: “Congratulations to Ford on scooping both category awards! In today’s tough commercial vehicle market, I am sure that the endorsement of the Irish Motoring Writers Association and these Continental Irish Van of the Year category awards will be a huge boost for both the Fiesta Van and Ranger.”

Michael Moroney, chairman of the IMWA van jury, said: “The Continental Irish van category awards are of particular interest to Irish van / commercial drivers and fleet managers, as they highlight the niche models best suited to the particular requirements of the Irish market”.

The Commercial SUV and Car Derived Van of the Year titles are category awards under the umbrella of the Continental Irish Van of the Year. The overall Continental Irish Van of the Year award for 2013 was won by the Ford Transit Custom.

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