The prestigious winner of the International Van of the year 2023 has been revealed as the Volkswagen ID.Buzz Cargo.
The remarkable vehicle has picked up the award before being launched and the all-electric offering will offer customers a carbon-neutral creation.
The van offers zero emissions and power of 204 hp in a stylish and well-designed creation.
Commercial vehicle journalists who make up the jury
The jury chairman, Jarlath Sweeney, presented the award on behalf of the 34 international commercial vehicle journalists who make up the jury.
He said: “It’s not too often that a totally new van concept comes around and arouses so much attention in the marketplace.
“The new ID. Buzz is the case in point and has been duly honoured with this award, the highest accolade in the light commercial vehicle industry.
“Congratulations to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle’s design team on creating this unique vehicle that’s perfect for the environmentally conscious urban environment.”
He added: “It certainly makes a statement with its futuristic and slick styling, yet harks back to the original Transporter T1, from 70 years ago, with its V shaped bonnet, prominent VW badge, and short overhangs.”
‘ID.Buzz Cargo is ‘The Van of the Year 2023’’
Carsten Intra, the chief executive at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, accepted the award and said: “Our ID.Buzz Cargo is ‘The Van of the Year 2023’! The first order volumes from our markets show us that our new ID. Buzz Cargo is the right model for commercial customers at the right time.
“Highly emotional feedback wherever the ID.Buzz appears and last but not least: this new form of mobility gets the right acknowledgment.”
He added: “On behalf of the entire Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles team, I would like to thank the jury members very much for this.
“We are extremely proud and see this confirmation of our work as a motivation to continue as before: to offer the right commercial vehicle for each of our customers.”
New Ford Pro E-Transit
The ID.Buzz Cargo scored 10 points more than the nearest challenger, the new Ford Pro E-Transit.
In joint third place were Renault Kangoo E-Tech, the new Nissan Townstar Zero-Emission and the Mercedes eCitan.
Volkswagen says that with a strong order book, then new creation is the right model for its commercial customers being launched at the right time.
The International Van of the Year is now in its 31st year and looks a vehicle’s contribution to environmental standards, sustainability, safety and efficiency.
Eligible vehicles must be in production by the end of the year in which the award is given must be new and deliver a big technological innovation.