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New Volkswagen Caddy scoops technology title at Company Van Today Awards

The fifth-generation Caddy offers a Digital Cockpit, voice control, wireless smartphone charging for complete convenience, and innovative driver assistance systems, such as Front Assist, to enhance safety.

As well as scooping the Technology Award, the Volkswagen Caddy, which launched in 2020, was highly commended in the Light Van category, while Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ versatile line-up received further praise from judges: the Transporter 6.1 and Crafter were highly commended in the Medium Van and Large Van categories, respectively.

The Company Van Today Awards are decided by the magazine’s editorial team, harnessing decades of experience of the light commercial vehicle sector. They reward the vehicles that best-serve the business marketplace across a broad range of criteria including operating cost, payload, safety equipment and technology.

Tom Webster, said Company Van Today Editor, said: “Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is a very strong competitor across the board in terms of the quality and appeal of its light commercial vehicle range, and the latest Caddy’s range of advanced technology makes it a light van pioneer in terms of connectivity, safety and all-round clever functionality.

“The Caddy is one of the few light commercials that can match up to passenger cars in terms of the latest-generation kit, and great to see van drivers so well catered for.”

Claire English, Head of Fleet at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “The Volkswagen Caddy has won a string of awards since it was launched, and for it to be recognised alongside our entire line-up, just shows how versatile our range is, no matter the job at hand. It’s great to see the safety and technology recognised in this award, and we’ve managed to deliver this with no impact on capability and performance. The Caddy is a truly modern van.”


Gold medal for the Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 as safest van

Gold medal for the Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 as safest van

  • Euro NCAP tests safety of 19 vans

  • Transporter T6.1 “sets the benchmark for light commercial vehicles”

  • Wide range of driver assistance systems available

The Euro NCAP consortium – made up of European transport ministries, automobile clubs, insurers’ associations and research institutes – has tested the safety of 19 light commercial vehicles, with the tests focusing on the availability and function of the active safety systems. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Transporter T6.1 came out top – and has consequently been awarded a Euro NCAP gold medal.

The boom in online commerce has led to an increase in demand for delivery services. As a result the number of vans on the roads is rising. Good reason for the NCAP consortium to survey and evaluate the availability and function of driver assist systems offered by vans in the B and C/D categories with a permitted total weight of up to 3.5 tonnes.

Following extensive testing, NCAP has come to the conclusion that the Transporter T6.1 from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles scores best: “The Transporter offers consumers the option to buy a wide range of good-performing safety features and earns a gold medal in Euro NCAP’s tests. The Transporter sets the bar for commercial vans in 2021.”

For the T6.1 range there is a wide choice of driver assist systems available. They include numerous safety and assistance functions to match the respective client’s requirements. These range from Lane Assist and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking function all the way to Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with speed limiter. In the UK in 2017, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles became the first van manufacturer to fit Autonomous Emergency Braking systems as standard on all new vans.

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January 2020

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles picks up first 2020 Trophy for Amarok at What Car? Awards

The Volkswagen Amarok has retained its position at the top of the class, having retained its title as Best Pick-up Truck at the What Car? Awards 2020.

The winning model, the Amarok Trendline 3.0-litre TDI V6 4MOTION 204 PS once again won over the hearts and minds of the What Car? judging panel with its unique blend of on- and off-road abilities and all-round quality.

Commenting on the result, editor of What Car? Steve Huntingford said: “Just because a pick-up truck is expected to lead a hard-working life, that doesn't mean quality in other areas must be compromised, and the Volkswagen Amarok presents the most compelling all-round package in the class. In fact, the Amarok even gives conventional SUVs a run for their money.”

Volkswagen Amarok

The winning model is the entry-level variant, costing £28,600 (RRP ex VAT and OTR costs). In addition to the 204 PS engine, a 258 PS is also available in Highline trim. And in October 2019, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles launched new Black Edition and Aventura Black Edition models which boast extra equipment and styling features.

Commenting on the win, Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Carl zu Dohna, said: “I was delighted to collect the inaugural What Car? pick-up award for the Amarok last year, and it’s great to retain the title.

“Amarok sales in the UK increased in 2019, showing our versatile 4x4 is still popular with buyers looking for a workhorse that also has good on-road manners; and I’m grateful to the expert judges at What Car? for recognising its abilities and appeal.”


December 2019

Double success for Volkswagen Transporter old and new at 2020 What Van? Awards

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has claimed two top accolades at the What Van? Awards 2020, including the Best Medium Van title for the T6.1 and the Used Van of the Year award for the Transporter. The What Van? awards are judged by a panel of light commercial vehicle editors from What Van? as well as residual value specialists, industry consultants and journalists.

On presenting the T6.1 with its Medium Van of the Year award, What Van? Editor, James Dallas, said: ‘The Transporter is a legendary van and with the T6.1 Volkswagen has improved an already outstanding product.

‘This latest iteration boasts outstanding design features, the latest in engine technology and safety kit, low cost of ownership, the support of an excellent dealer network and, of course, an undeniably strong heritage.’

Volkswagen Transporter

Order books for the latest iteration of the iconic Transporter van opened in October, with first deliveries in January. The T6.1 brings the Transporter, whose story began a full 70 years ago, right up to date for the new decade with a number of safety, tech and comfort enhancements.

Proving its longevity, the Transporter also retained its title as Used Van of the Year. Dallas commented: ‘Enduring class, rock-solid build quality and unbeatable residual values make the Volkswagen Transporter a worthy winner of the Used Van of the Year Award.’

The awards were collected at a ceremony in London earlier today by Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Carl zu Dohna. He said: ‘Receiving these awards from What Van? is not only a great way to end to the year but also a great way to start 2020 and embark on the launch of the T6.1.

‘These awards are a great recognition of our strong products, but of equal or more importance to our customers, is the dedicated support they receive from our UK network of Van Centres and Authorised Repairers. I’m proud to receive this recognition and look forward to working with customers old and new next year.’


October 2019

Volkswagen Crafter retains Parkers' best van title for third year running

Volkswagen Crafter retains Parkers' best van title for third year running

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has claimed another prestigious award, not only being named Parkers’ Best Large Van but also winning the overall Van of the Year 2020 for the third consecutive year.

The Parkers New Car Awards are in their third year, with categories designed to reflect the requirements of Britain’s vehicle-buying public, and the winners chosen based on the habits of the website’s 2.9+ million users actively involved in the buying process.

In the large van category, judges were looking for plenty of load space and payload capacity, as well as a comfortable and practical cab, plus a vehicle which is hassle-free and efficient to drive.

Commenting on the winning Crafter, Editor of Parkers Vans, CJ Hubbard said: “The Crafter has always impressed us with its ease of operation; it’s incredibly good to drive for such a large vehicle, offers great real-world efficiency and has large load volumes, with a cab environment that’s second to none.”

The Volkswagen Crafter was launched at the CV Show in Birmingham in April 2017 and has picked up a host of awards since then, as well as finding and delighting a host of new customers. Earlier this month, it also scooped the Large Panel Van of the Year accolade at the Commercial Fleet Awards 2019.

Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Carl zu Dohna, said: “The Crafter is going from strength to strength, with a growing customer base and reputation for great quality, driveability and usability. This is backed up by awards such as the ones received this month from prestigious titles such as Parkers and Commercial Fleet.

“But we also know that having a great product is only the part of the picture. I’m proud to have a network of nearly 100 Van Centres and Authorised Repairers, with dedicated staff who understand the needs of van customers, and work with them to provide the best service in both sales and aftersales.”


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June 2017

New Amarok is top of the class in Pick-Up category of Tow Car Awards 2017

Judges examine all elements of vehicle’s performance when towing and solo

Volkswagen Amarok cited as ‘the most capable pick-up we’ve tested’

Awards are joint venture from Practical Caravan, What Car? and The Camping and Caravanning Club

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Amarok has picked up the Best Pick-Up award at the Tow Car Awards 2017.

Now in its eleventh year, the Tow Car Awards is a joint venture organised and judged by Practical Caravan, What Car? and The Camping and Caravanning Club. All the cars entered go through a rigorous test process, with the judges seeking vehicles which tow brilliantly, have practical features to make a tow car driver's life easy, and which will be enjoyable to live with every day. The final scoring also reflects a car's value for money, safety standards and resale values.

Out of all the pick-ups tested, the Volkswagen Amarok 3.0-litre TDI 224 PS Aventura was judged to be the finest. Summing up the evaluation, David Motton, Tow Car Editor of Practical Caravan magazine, said: “Pick-ups haven’t been covered in glory at past Tow Car Awards, but we’re so impressed by the Amarok that we’ve given it a gong.

“The big VW felt secure and reassuring while towing. Its performance on the brakes – a weak point of many pick-ups in the past – also impressed.” It was awarded four out of a possible five stars with the conclusion that the Amarok was “the most capable pick-up we’ve tested at the Tow Car Awards”.

The latest version of the Amarok went on sale in the UK in December 2016. It now has a refreshed external look, a new 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine (making it the only six-cylinder model in the segment), an all-new interior and the latest in in-car infotainment systems and technology. As well as the winning model at the awards, the range-topping 224 PS engine with eight-speed auto gearbox in special edition launch Aventura trim, other versions are available. A 204 PS automatic is also offered, with a manual 204 PS to follow along with a 163 PS manual later in the year. Standard specifications follow the pattern of Volkswagen’s other commercial vehicles, ranging from Startline, through Trendline to Highline.

Commenting on the win, Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Carl zu Dohna, said: “I’d like to thank the team behind the Tow Car Awards for this accolade. We know our Amarok customers appreciate its unique ability to combine rugged off-road capability with on-road comfort and high levels of technology. To add a towing award string to its bow gives customers another reason to choose the Amarok.”

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June 2017

New Volkswagen Crafter named ‘Van of The Year’ at Auto Express New Car Awards

VW Crafter 2017

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ all-new Crafter has claimed another ‘Van of the Year’ award, with leading consumer motoring title Auto Express giving it the top van accolade and praising its quality and comfort in its annual awards.

The all-new Crafter, which made its UK debut at the CV Show in Birmingham in April and went on sale in May, has picked up a host of awards since it was revealed last September. Built at an all-new factory in Wrzesnia, Poland, and designed from the bottom up to meet the needs of van operators, it is available with a variety of different powertrains, drivetrains and capacities, offering maximum flexibility, and with a comprehensive suite of innovative technologies. As on all Volkswagen vans, the Crafter comes as standard with autonomous emergency braking and automatic post-collision braking systems – a first in the van sector.

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Sarah Cox, Head of Marketing for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, collected the award at the event in London, and said...

The all-new Crafter is a game-changer for the brand, and for it to receive yet another accolade, and from such a well-recognised title as Auto Express, is great news. I’m really proud of our award-winning products which have been designed with customers’ needs front of mind, but I’m equally pleased with the changes we’re making to our aftersales offering and within our Van Centre network, allowing us to offer a complete mobility package to commercial vehicle customers.

Even prior to its launch the new Crafter had picked up a number of prestigious awards. In September 2016 it succeeded the Transporter to be named International Van of the Year, as voted for by a panel of commercial vehicle journalists from 24 European countries. It was also named Best New Van by leading commercial vehicle publication Van Fleet World in February 2017; it picked up the Vans A2Z accolades of Best Large Van and Van of the Year in March 2017, and won Trade Van Driver’s Van of the Year and Best Large Panel Van awards. 

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August 2016

Ahead Of Its Time: The Visionary Budd-E Concept Van Is Honoured Once Again

The all-electric van is named Concept Truck of the Year at the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards

BUDD-e is precursor to new generation electric vehicles and wins at the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards.

The BUDD-e has been honoured for its forward-looking overall concept at the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards in Plymouth, Michigan. The awards jury pointed out that the BUDD-e is an environmentally compatible model that also meets the vehicle-utility requirements of the 21st century.

Established in 2002, the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards honours concept vehicles that make the biggest impression in terms of design, styling, materials, technologies and marketability. The BUDD-e received its award in the Concept Truck category for light commercial vehicles.

This additional award for the model proves once again that Volkswagen is on the right track with its next generation of electrically powered vehicles. The BUDD-e has actually received several awards over the last few months. Aside from winning its category in the Automotive Brand Contest for outstanding product design and receiving the Plus X Award seal of approval for Innovation & Design, the avant-garde trendsetter also captured two other awards in the USA, one of them for Best Innovation from the online technology magazine "Engadget".

The concept vehicle's innovative and forward-looking interior also won the award for "Interior Design of the Year – Concept Vehicle" at the Automotive Interiors Expo 2016 in Stuttgart (D).

In line with philosophy that "If you want to be ahead of the times, you have to adopt new approaches", Volkswagen presented a cutting-edge concept vehicle at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the form of the BUDD-e. The all-electric drive system with a range of up to 533 km isn't the only fascinating thing about the BUDD-e, as the vehicle also features a new type of operation system, information via voice, touch and gesture control, and large displays.

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