The Ford Transit Courier and Nissan Qashqai Commercial have been named Special Category Winners of the Continental Irish Van of the Year 2015 title by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA) Van Jury including our own Padraic Deane.
Following on from the Ford Transit (2 Tonne model) being awarded the title of Continental Irish Van of the Year 2015 by the IMWA van jurors late last year, the two special category winners have just been announced.
Key attributes of the vehicles such as load capacity, reliability, overall versatility, cost of ownership and drive comfort are all considered by the IMWA van jury during the judging process.
Presenting the awards to Ciaran McMahon of Ford Ireland, and James McCarthy, Nissan Ireland; Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland, commented: “In the current resurgent commercial vehicle market which is seeing year on year growth of 50 per cent, I am sure that these awards will provide a huge boost for both the Transit Courier and Qashqai Commercial.”
Michael Moroney, Chairman of the IMWA van jury, said: “In assessing candidates for the Continental Irish Van of the Year category awards, our jurors pay close attention to how the vehicles meet the particular requirements of the Irish market – that is why these recommendations are so useful to Irish van / commercial drivers and fleet managers”.
The Small Van of the Year and SUV Commercial of the Year titles are category awards under the umbrella of the Continental Irish Van of the Year. The overall Continental Irish Van of the Year award for 2015 was won by the new Ford Transit.