Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles was the most successful manufacturer at the inaugural VansA2Z Vans of the Year 2011 awards winning three trophies, including the prestigious top prize of Van of the Year for the new Caddy.
As well as being named Van of the Year, the new Volkswagen Caddy also won the award for the Best Light Van, while the Transporter won the Best Small Panel Van category.
The awards follow the launch of the latest Caddy and Transporter ranges last year with Volkswagen's new, more economical and refined TDI engines, plus fresh exterior designs and enhanced quality and specifications for their interiors.
Announcing the awards, Neil McIntee, Editor of VansA2Z.com explained: 'The new Caddy is a beautifully built example of natural, progressive evolution and a worthy winner of the inaugural VansA2Z Light Van of the Year and Van of the Year Award. Its truly mature model range is available in short or long wheelbase, with state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient diesel engines, low carbon BlueMotion options, with manual or twin-clutch semi-automatic gearboxes, as a van or five-seater crew van, and even as a four-wheel drive 4MOTION.'
Commenting on the Best Small Panel Van award, he continued:
'The Transporter model line-up is expansive to say the least and every generation just keeps on getting better and better. Powered by a selection of superb new four-cylinder turbodiesels, with an enviable build quality and strong residual values, the Transporter continues to lead the way and receives the first ever VansA2Z Small Panel Van of the Year Award.'
Commenting on the awards, Simon Elliott, Director, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK said: 'We've already started 2011 with sales up 70 per cent over last year, and with these awards helping to endorse the Caddy and Transporter as the best vans in their class, this success looks set to continue.'
Full details of the VansA2Z awards can be found at www.VansA2Z.com.