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  International Van of the Year
Meanwhile, the Renault Kangoo Van and Mercedes-Benz Citan were named joint winners of the IVOTY.
As the IVOTY marked its 30th anniversary at the event, it was the fourth occasion for Renault and Mercedes-Benz to be bestowed with this title. Mercedes-Benz won IVOTY previously in 1995, 1997 and 2005, while Renault was successful in 1998, 2002 and 2012.
The 5th generation Volkswagen Caddy finished runner-up with Stellantis’ small electric vans range along with the Toyota Proace City Electric third.
“As the award programme enters
its fourth decade, the philosophy
and objectives remain unchanged, despite the high level of technology and innovation being achieved by manufacturers and also in meeting market trends,” explained Jarlath Sweeney, chairman IVOTY. “The main criteria for the International Van of the Year Award is the vehicles’ contribution to the efficiency, safety, sustainability and environmental standards of the light commercial vehicle sector.
“For the IVOTY 2022 award, the candidates included traditional diesel- powered vans and a selection of electric variants. Initially, there were 14 new vans that were recently launched by 11 light commercial manufacturers for the pan-European IVOTY jury to elect one overall winner.”
Upon appraising the new Kangoo and Citan, the jury heard about the multi-year collaborative project between the French and German automotive companies, with each brand bringing their own DNA and thereby unique features to the joint development programme. This
resulted in two vehicles with distinct characteristics, such as the ‘Open Sesame’ doors in the Renault Kangoo and the inclusion of the Mercedes-Benz infotainment system MBUX and other safety aids on the Citan.
“As the award programme enters its fourth decade, the philosophy and objectives remain unchanged, despite the high level of technology and innovation being achieved by manufacturers and also in meeting market trends”
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