It's already been a good year for Citroën Vans with a hat trick of awards at the Business Van of the Year Awards 2015, including the Van of The Year Award for the Berlingo HDi 75 manual L1 625 Enterprise.
Presented by Business Vans, the same Berlingo picked up the Best Small Trades Van Award, with the New Relay 35 L3H2 HDi 130 6-speed manual Enterprise the recipient of the Best Heavy Van title.
Obviously, Jeremy Smith, Citroën’s Head of Commercial Vehicles & Business Sector Operations, is a happy man, and he was very quick to make a comment:
“To win one of the prestigious Business Van of the Year Awards is an achievement, but to win three is exceptional. The double win for Berlingo is a reflection of the great all-round capability and versatility of our best-selling LCV, which recorded its highest-ever annual sales in 2014. We are also delighted that the New Relay 35 L3H2 HDi 130 6-speed manual Enterprise impressed the judges sufficiently with its exceptional range of operational, financial and load carrying benefits to win the ‘Best Heavy Van’ prize. The New Relay is also winning new customers, with sales of this model up by over 35% in 2014.”
Citroën are renowned for their vans and the hat trick at the Business Van of the Year Awards 2015 is a great achievement; something that was commented on by Ralph Morton, Business Vans’ Editorial Director.
“Citroën is to be congratulated for its major success in the Business Van of the Year Awards 2015, presented by Business Vans. Winning three of these prestigious awards reflects the exceptional range of benefits that the Berlingo and New Relay offer van operators. The Citroën Berlingo is smart, practical and versatile, plus it's affordable to run - no wonder it's perfect for trades wanting a small panel van. It is a great all-rounder, supported by a network that understands the requirements of small business van operators. If you only need one van, this is it: our Business Van of the Year.”
The ‘Best Heavy Van’ Award had some particularly tough competitors in the shortlist, yet it was the New Relay 35 L3H2 HDi 130 6-speed manual Enterprise that managed to convince the judging panel that its strong combination of operator benefits was enough to give it the edge and the title. These benefits include load carrying practicality, driver safety, comfort and convenience, and an excellent combined cycle fuel economy of 38.2mpg. It also offers the highest payload (1,525kg) in its class, but the judges also noticed the practically laid out load compartment and the superb list of standard equipment that includes air conditioning, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth hands-free and USB connectivity, Teletrac Smartnav satellite navigation and Trackstar stolen vehicle tracking.
When it came to the winner of the ‘Best Small Trades Van’ Award, the judges were quick to compliment the Berlingo HDi 75 manual L1 625 Enterprise won on not only the compact nature of the van, but also on its standard equipment that they described as "built-for-business." Not only has it got excellent fuel economy, in-service reliability and low emissions, but also such features as Bluetooth, rear parking sensors and air conditioning, as well as the unique Citroën Teletrac telematics package. In keeping with the New Relay, the Berlingo HDi 75 manual L1 625 Enterprise also includes Smartnav intelligent satellite navigation and Trackstar stolen vehicle tracking for additional productivity, cost savings and safety gains.