This year’s Business Motoring Awards enjoyed a record level of entries from van manufacturers as well as key service providers to UK trades people and SMEs. Celebrating the very best in design, service and practicality, the judging panel of respected businessmen and women have finally chosen the ‘crème de la crème’ of the UK’s best business vans and those businesses that work with them.
So, who are the ‘top trumps’ when it comes to the nation’s vans?
Best Small Van: Citroen Berlingo (Highly Commended: Maxus e-Deliver 3)
A strong, well established dealer network, large model range now including the e-Berlingo has helped the Citroen Berlingo to scoop ‘Best Small Van’ accolade.
Best Medium Van: VW Transporter (Highly Commended: Citroen Dispatch)
Over 70 years ago the first VW Transporter arrived in the UK, creating a blueprint which others would follow: a van which gets the job done efficiently and reliably.
Best Large Van: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (Highly Commended: Fiat Ducato)
The Sprinter has a comprehensive van and chassis line-up, offering pretty much something for everyone.
Best Pick-Up: Isuzu D-Max
The All-New Isuzu D-Max is the latest generation pick-up that raises the bar.
Best Electric Van: Citroen Dispatch (Highly Commended: Maxus e-Deliver 9)
Citroen’s Dispatch range boasts a good number of models.
Best Long Term Rental: Europcar (Highly Commended: Northgate Vehicle Hire)
The focus for Europcar’s van services during 2020 was on the needs of ‘Business Britain’.
Best Manufacturer Conversion: Citroen Ready to Run (Highly Commended: Renault)
All Citroën converted vehicles are designed to meet European standards.
Van Service: Mercedes-Benz (Highly Commended: Citroen)
The size of network, back-up, parts support and specialist 24/7 workshop operations in over a third of the network are stand out.
Best Short-Term Rental: Thrifty
Thrifty’s rental product caters for companies looking to build additional flexibility into their current fleet.
Best Used Van Programme: VW Commercial Vehicles (Highly Commended: Aston Barclay)
Offering flexible funding options and complete peace of mind for the used van operator this OEM has an approved used programme that underpins the brand and ensures VW is an appealing proposition.
Best E-Van Charge Point: Instavolt (Highly Commended: EO)
For van drivers who needs more accountability, Instavolt offers a number of benefits.
Best Van fleet Management: Northgate Vehicle Hire (Highly Commended: Vimcar)
Northgate provides bespoke fleet management services to customers who operate LCVs.
Best Van Funding: Mercedes-Benz Finance
This has been an incredibly challenging time and Mercedes-Benz quickly adapted to support customers with financial support and payment deferrals.
Best Van Rental: Europcar (Highly Commended: Northgate Vehicle Hire)
Europcar retained a comprehensive network of Stations and Supersites maintaining its usual Delivery and Collection service.
Best Van Recovery: Mercedes-Benz
Nationwide, in excess of 180 MobiloVan roadside assistance vehicles are available.
Best Business Lease: Leaseplan UK
LeasePlan UK charted a different course – one that has seen it take its LCV proposition in new directions through the development of products and services.