Ford F-Max named International Truck of the Year 2019; MAN and PSA also honoured at IAA
The Ford F-Max (pictured) was crowned International Truck of the Year 2019 (IToY) at the IAA Show in Hannover today (19 September).
With 104 votes, the new Turkish-built truck beat Scania’s L- and P-series urban distribution trucks (74 points) and Volvo’s gas-powered FH (56 points) into second and third places.
The jury, which consists of 23 commercial vehicle journalists from across Europe, was impressed with the newcomer, which features a flat floor, 500hp Ford Ecotorq engine and ZF TraXon gearbox. They praised the efficiency and advanced characteristics of its driveline, including eco-roll, adaptive cruise control and GPS-based predictive cruise control.
IToY chairman Gianenrico Griffini said: “With the introduction of F-Max, Ford Trucks has delivered a fine engineered tractor that can be a meaningful new player in the highly competitive segment of long-haul transport.”
These sentiments were echoed by UK jury member Will Shiers, who said: “While Ford’s previous Turkish-built trucks have been competent products suited to the domestic and nearby markets, the F-MAX is entirely different. It is capable of competing with the established players on the global stage with no allowances asked for or needed.”
MAN Truck & Bus won the first IToY Truck Innovation Award in recognition for its eFAS level 4 automated driverless safety truck (left). The eFAS, which tows a safety sign and follows road crews on motorways, scored 93 points, and fought off competition from the Mercedes-Benz eActros (56 points), Renault Trucks’ second-generation Range D ZE Electric (45 points), ZF’s Innovation Truck (36 points), Volvo Trucks’ eFL and eFE (28 points) and DAF’s Ecochamps (25 points).
Shiers said: “This truck has the ability to save lives, and is the first platoon I’ve seen that actually makes sense.”
For the International Van of the Year, Peugeot, Citroën and Vauxhall were named the joint winners for their new small van. The Partner-Berlingo-Combo trio convincingly claimed the award with127 points, while second-placed Mercedes-Benz Sprinter scored 92 points. Third place was awarded to the Ford Transit Connect, which received 33 votes from the 25 jury members.
The victory is the second IVoY win for Peugeot-Citroën’s light van, having previously won the award in 1997 for the first-generation van, as well as on three other occasions for its mid-sized and compact vans. Vauxhall-Opel too has tasted success in the competition for its Astravan and Vivaro, but this is the first victory for the newly united PSA Group.
Judges praised the distinctive individual designs of the three vans, the comfortable and enjoyable driving experience, as well as new innovations for the sector, including the overload indicator.
- Read about the Ford F-Max in this week's Commercial Motor magazine, out tomorrow (19 September). Try five issues of CM for £5 by subscribing today.
Commercial Motor Awards 2018 shortlist: Auction House of the Year
The Auction House of the Year Award rewards innovation and outstanding achievement by auction houses over the past 12 months, both in the world of online and location-based commercial vehicle auctions. Judges looked for evidence of growing sales levels; auction houses making it easier to buy at auction; and those who have spotted and capitalised on niches in the market.
The winner will be announced on 15 November at The Vox, Birmingham. Go to commercialmotorawards.com to see the shortlists for all categories, and to book tickets. Join the conversation about the Commercial Motor Awards by tweeting #2018CMA.
Commercial Vehicle Auctions
Doncaster-based Commercial Vehicle Auctions (CVA) has posted impressive hammer values over the last year thanks in part to increased sales frequency at its southern auction centre in Hemel Hempstead. The company, which has been trading since 1989, also posted an 18% growth in sales this year. It offers a nationwide transport service, collecting and delivering vehicles within a 48-hour window and clients can view online damage appraisals, extensive photo galleries and 360 degree videos of vehicles via PCs, laptops or mobile devices. CVA, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ballyvesey Group, has an absentee proxy bidding service where an online bidder can enter their maximum bid and CVA’s auction software will bid on their behalf.
Fleet Auction Group (FLAG)
Coalville, Leicestershire-based Fleet Auction Group (FLAG) has a nationwide collection service that extends out of hours, with weekend and after-hours collections. In December 2017 the company was appointed to collect and sell the entire Palmer & Harvey fleet, by Hilco Global, management advisors to PwC, the administrators. The firm also hosted its sixth annual Tip-ex auction in Harrogate earlier this year and sold 150 vehicles - also online - including a small selection of classic trucks and some heavy haulage equipment. The company also has a 25,000sq ft vehicle refurbishment facility at its site. In one testimonial a customer praised FLAG for the knowledge and experience of its staff, premises, outstanding facilities and professional approach.
Family-owned Wilsons Auctions, formed in 1936, has grown from a single auction site in Northern Ireland to having 18 sites across the UK and Ireland. The firm has more than 400 members of staff and sells commercial vehicles for many councils as well as large leasing companies. The addition of new branches in Newcastle upon Tyne and most recently Newport, south Wales, has resulted in extra commercial vehicle auctions taking place with an average of one CV auction taking place each day across the group covering vans, HGVs as well as plant and machinery. The firm has a bespoke online web platform and bidders come from around the world, including Europe and the Middle East.
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