Double delight for Ford at International Van and Pick-up Awards

Published on 23rd November 2023 at 21:18

A jury of 25 commercial vehicle journalists, chaired by our own Jarlath Sweeney, has 
voted Ford Pro’s new Transit Custom, as the winner of IVOTY 2024. The new 
generation of Ford Pro’s van went on sale across Europe earlier this year, offering the 
widest choice of variants ever and introducing unique, digital and customer-led 
features such as a 5G modem for superfast connectivity;   software updates for over 30 
vehicle modules; Delivery Assist that can save over 20 seconds per stop; Alexa Built- 
in from the factory;    a tilting steering wheel and versatile MultiCab bodystyle to build 
on the productivity benchmarks set by its predecessors.  
Hans Schep, general manager, Ford Pro Europe, said: “We are very proud that the 
IVOTY jury has bestowed this prestigious award on the all-new Transit Custom. As 
the leading one-tonne van of choice for European customers, the all-new Transit 
Custom has been designed and engineered to meet their wide-ranging needs. Along 
with our award-winning diesel, customers will soon also have the choice of electric 
and PHEV versions too. Every model is packed with innovation and superfast 
connectivity to Ford Pro’s uptime, charging and productivity software ecosystem to 
help our customers’ businesses thrive.”  
Jarlath Sweeney, chair, International Van of the Year, said: “Well, it’s a ‘High Five’ 
for the Ford Transit on winning the International Van of the Year Award 2024. This 
is the fifth occasion that the Ford Transit has won IVOTY, first in 2001 and 2007 
with the then all-encompassing model.   Soon after its launch, the new generation 
standalone one-tonne variant – the Transit Custom – secured the title in 2013, and 
in 2020 and now for 2024. Congratulations to all involved for this significant 
Transit Custom was Europe’s top-selling one-tonne van last year, as well as the UK’s 
best- selling vehicle for 2021 and 2022. The all-new model is produced at Ford 
Otosan’s Yenikoy Assembly in Turkey. 
Ranger brings home coveted pickup award 
Following an arduous on- and off-road testing by the IPUA jury in Greece earlier this 
year, the Ford Ranger    has picked up the IPUA crown for the third time – 
establishing a new record.  
Ranger is Ford’s most global product; developed by designers and engineers in 
Ford’s Australian engineering centre, built in six Ford factories across four 
continents, and loved by customers in Europe. Ranger has been the region’s top- 
selling pickup for the last eight years, and accounts for almost half of all pickup sales 
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The all-new model’s off-road ability,   refined on-road performance and 
unprecedented level of connectivity and technology make it popular with business 
and private users alike. Ford Pro recently announced the Ranger PHEV – Europe’s 
first PHEV pickup – combining electric driving capability with Ranger’s work-ready 

Ranger was judged the winner by a jury of expert journalists from Europe and also 
from South Africa, home to Ford’s Silverton plant where Ranger is built for 
customers in Europe.   
Hans Schep said: “We are delighted that the Ford Ranger has been recognised by the 
IPUA jury for the third time, which is testament to its enduring appeal as Europe’s 
favourite pickup for the past eight years. The new Ford Ranger has the most 
comprehensive series choice yet, offering customers the on-road refinement and off- 
road capability to suit work days and weekends. It’s built ready for work and play.” 
Jarlath Sweeney, chair, International Pick-up Award jury, said: “Ford has now scored 
a hat-trick in securing three International Pick-up Awards with its best-selling 
Ranger. This seventh running of the IPUA sees the sixth generation Ranger adding to 
the titles won in 2013 and 2020. Congratulations to the global Ford development 
team on creating this exceptional vehicle.”