The Ford Transit Connect has been voted the International Van of the Year 2014 at the COMTRANS commercial vehicle exhibition in Moscow.
A jury of 24 journalists awarded the Transit Connect 130 points out of a maximum 163, placing it ahead of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and the Renault Kangoo. Overall, the Ford Transit Connect was praised for its fuel economy, design, drivability, load-carrying and safety.
Barb Samardzich, vice president of product developent for Ford of Europe, said: "The all-new Transit Connect has moved the game on for compact vans – and we are really proud to win this significant award again."
Meanwhile, Pieter Wieman, chairman of the International Van of the Year jury, said: "The all-new Transit Connect impressed the jury on a number of fronts, and above all by the fact Ford has succeeded in building a light van with a strong accent on economics – the vehicle is a good answer to the needs of small operators as well as big fleets to reduce the cost of transport of goods."
As Ford completely redesigns its entire commercial vehicle line-up over a two-year period, the stylish new Transit Connect joins an all-new four-strong Transit range, alongside the Transit Custom and the forthcoming two-tonne Transit and Transit Courier models to be launched in 2014.