The International Van of the Year is again the Ford Transit image

The Blue Oval-badge company is the first automaker to win the award for two times in a row after its all-new 2014 Ford Transit Connect has been named the International Van of the Year at the “COMTRANS” commercial vehicle exhibition in Moscow, Russia.

The International Van of the Year jury, comprised of 24 journalists, awarded the Ford Transit Connect 130 points out of a maximum 163, praising it for its fuel economy, design, load capability and safety. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and the Renault Kangoo followed the Transit Connect.

“The all-new Transit Connect has moved the game on for compact vans – and we are really proud to win this significant award again,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president of Product Development, Ford of Europe. “The new Transit Connect is just as tough and hard-working as all our commercial vehicle range, and comes with smart new looks and much lower fuel bills.”

“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,” said Pieter Wieman, chairman of the International Van of the Year jury.

The sixth generation of the Transit was officially launched in January 2013 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. With design led by Ford of Europe, the vehicle came inline with Ford’s new global vision and due to replace the long-running Econoline/E-Series in North America part of the development was undertaken by Ford designers based in Detroit.