The Motor Transport Awards is one of the key industry indicators of excellence in the commercial vehicles market, and the new Vivaro has made its mark by picking up the coveted Fleet Van of the Year prize.
The Vivaro is relatively new to the category when compared to many of its established rivals in the mid-sized class, but the panel were suitably impressed to put it at the top of the pile. Judges reflected on testimonies from large blue-chip firms who have found the Vivaro to be reliable, efficient and cost-effective and stated that it had “a long future ahead as a fleet vehicle favourite”.
Vauxhall’s willingness to provide solutions to aftermarket problems direct from the factory was something that ticked a lot of boxes for Motor Transport Editor Steve Hobson. The judging panel said: “Vauxhall is trying to work with its customers to provide a great overall experience, and has a van that in terms of total cost of ownership is at the top of the list.”
The Vivaro’s new twin-turbo engine was hailed as one of the best new LCV engines on the market, whilst an impressive warranty offering and the generous entry level specification also contributed to the Vivaro’s high scoring.
“Vivaro is strongly endorsed by drivers from several large fleets where innovations such as the built-in mobile phone holder and blind spot mirror have proven particularly useful in reducing the need to fit aftermarket accessories,” said the judges.
Vauxhall’s Head of Commercial Vehicle Brand, Steve Bryant commented: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have received this award from Motor Transport. The Vivaro is an excellent example of British manufacturing showcasing the best of the sector, and it is has been incredibly well-received in the market since launching.
“With its low cost of ownership, as well as great refinement and comfort levels, it regularly ticks all the boxes for our commercial vehicle customers.”