As always at this time of year the van world is buzzing with news of what’s to come to market in the New Year.
We could list all of the new models that will be filtering through, but we’d be here all day! So, here’s a brief snapshot of a trio that has already been named joint winners of the International Van of the Year 2019 award.
The Citroen Berlingo, The Peugeot Partner and The Vauxhall Combo.
The trio will go on sale in early 2019 and, as explained in Group PSA’s press release, “were designed as part of a cross-business programme in which services were systematically tailored as closely as possible to the needs of BtoB customers in terms of convenience, driving assistance systems and safety. This new generation of compact vans is already a commercial success, taking first place on the European podium in 2017 with the current edition of the Peugeot Partner, followed by the Citroën Berlingo Van in third place, after ten years on the market.”
The trio are essentially one and the same, being based on the same platform with their front ends and trim levels separating them.
The judging panel are quoted as saying that the win was thanks to the trio being; “well future-proofed, packed with technological advancements to aid the driver and financially benefit the owner or fleet manager. The creation of the overload alert system is a great initiative as it will ensure compliance and enhance safety. The availability of two wheelbase versions is another step forward as is the introduction of an all-wheel-drive variant, considering that an increasing number of utility companies are looking for 4x4 traction in a small van. All in all, an excellent package, well put together.”
To cover all customer needs, the vans will come in two lengths and will be available in 2-, 3- and 5- seater versions.
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