MOSCOW, Russia – Ford Transit has been crowned the best vehicle in its class at the prestigious “Car of the Year” annual award ceremony in Russia.
Transit outstripped competitors including Fiat Ducato Cargo and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van to win the “Van” category. It’s the sixth time Transit has won the award since COTY’s inception in Russia 14 years ago.
Vladimir Dukelskiy, Commercial Vehicles and Fleet Business Unit Director, Ford Sollers, said: “Ford Transit is the van with almost 50 years history and it is the base of Ford commercial vehicles lineup. We are proud that this year the model has received such a notable award as the Car of the Year in Russia. It proves once again that Russian customers trust the Ford Transit and appreciate its quality and durability. We are especially proud of the fact that the model is built at Ford Sollers Elabuga plant”.
Production of the Ford Тransit in Russia started at the Ford Sollers Elabuga plant at the beginning of 2012, representing the first significant achievement in the history of the Ford Sollers joint venture. The model is produced with the 2.2-litre Duratorq diesel engine in three power ratings (100, 125 and 155 PS).
According to the 2013 sales results the model has strengthened its leadership in the light commercial vehicle class among foreign brands in Russia. Sales of Transit in 2013 grew by 18 per cent, including Tourneo Custom sales results, to more than 13,500 units.
The Car of the Year in Russia award is an annual national award based on the opinions of the Russians and is now in its 14th year. This year more than a million people voted for their favourite cars.
Russians chose the best vehicles from 403 models officially sold in the country, in 23 categories and 3 special nominations. Three Ford models were nominated this year.
Since its launch on the Russian market, the Ford Transit has received a number of prestigious awards, including:
2001 – “The Best commercial vehicle in Russia – 2001”
Ford Transit – the winner in the “Best foreign van” nomination
2003 – ComTrans Grand Prix
Ford Transit Jumbo – was named II in the “Best van of the motor show 2003” nomination
2005 – “The Best commercial vehicle in Russia”
Ford Transit Connect – “The best foreign van 2005”
2010 – “The Car of the Year in Russia”
Ford Transit Connect – the winner in the “Mini-vans” category
2012 – “Golden Klaxon 2011”
Ford Transit was awarded as the best commercial vehicle of 2011
2014 – “The Car of the Year in Russia”
Ford Transit – the winner in the “Vans” category.