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2007 International Van Of The Year Award Goes To Ford Transit
The very prestigious award International Van of the Year 2007 has been given and awarded to the new version of the Ford Transit. And this sure is good news for the ailing Ford Motor Company. And the vehicle had to go through various tests and close scrutiny before it was awarded such a title.
The jury had to go through all vans to see which was deserving to be bestowed the coveted award. This jury was made up of a panel of the best journalists who covered commercial vehicles. These journalists came from nineteen various countries in Europe. They sincerely described this year’s selection as “one of the closest fought ‘Van of the Year’ battles ever.” But it was still the Ford Transit that took home the fame.
A statement was also sent out by the jury of the prestigious award. The state, “In announcing the decision, the jury was particularly impressed by the fact that Ford’s engineers have taken one of the Europe’s best vans and made it even better. Whether in city traffic or on motorways, the driveability of Transit is excellent.” The jury further added, “The jury also appreciates the fact that the Ford designers and engineers maintain more than most other van manufacturers, permanent contacts with potential and existing purchasers in order to monitor constantly their wishes and needs. This resulted in the fact that in the new Transit the cab interior has been brought up to a level approaching that of a car. The philosophy is that van drivers often spend more hours in their vehicles than car drivers.”
John Fleming is the current president and chief executive officer of the manufacturer of Ford Grand Marquis parts. And when asked about the new trophy for the company, he expresses, “2006 has been a bumper year for new light and medium commercial vehicles which has made this competition tougher than ever, and this award even more significant for Ford Transit. We are delighted to follow up the success of the 2001 Transit and the 2003 Transit Connect in winning ‘Van of the Year’ trophies, and it is appropriate reward and recognition for the dedication of so many Ford of Europe employees who contribute to the Transit story.”
About the Author: Jay Stevens works as a consultant for an established auto parts store in the country. He has expertise in automotive technology and has extensive knowledge on the auto parts industry.