Van of the Year 2021 crown awarded to Groupe PSA Electric LCVs
The French automotive company’s jointly developed Peugeot e-Expert, Citroën e-Dispatch/ë-Jumpy, Opel & Vauxhall Vivaro-e received the majority of first preference votes from the 24 member strong IVOTY jury with 131 points. The two finalists from Mercedes-Benz; the eSprinter and the latest Vito were second and third respectively on 55 and 36 points. Ford with its new Transit Active & Trail models were fourth.
The announcement was made on a special web based broadcast on the jury’s website – www.van-of-the-year.com by Jarlath Sweeney IVOTY Jury Chairman. Commenting on PSA’s achievement, the second such award in three years, Jarlath said: “Congratuations to Group PSA on its stringent research, development and investment on producing an excellent range of electric powered vans, that exceed expectations and without compromise.”
Xavier Peugeot, Senior Vice-President of Groupe PSA's Light Commercial Vehicles Business Unit stated on receiving the news: “Groupe PSA is very proud and happy to receive this prestigious International Van of the Year 2021 Award and I warmly thank the jury members for having selected our vehicles. This award confirms the success of our Compact Van and the relevance of the electrification strategy we have designed for our LCV range – in which electrification means no compromises for our customers.”
The IVOTY 2021 trophy, dedicated to Anders Karlsson, the Swedish jury member who died recently, will be presented to Xavier at Groupe PSA’s headquarters in Paris, early in the New Year.