In addition, its Sprinter won both Large Panel Van of the Year – for the eighth time in nine years – and Best Van Chassis Derivative (for the second consecutive year).
The Commercial Fleet Awards were judged by a panel of industry experts, including van operators themselves, who use the vehicles in their daily work.
“Mercedes-Benz offers a heavy truck service for vans which, when combined with its outstanding products, makes it a clear winner,” the Editor-in-Chief of Commercial Fleet, Stephen Briers, said. “There has been a step-change in its approach to fleets; it listens to their concerns and has restructured its organisation to meet their needs, especially for aftersales. It now offers an end-to-end solution for business.”
Steve Bridge, the MD of Mercedes-Benz Vans, commented: “To be crowned Van Fleet Manufacturer of the Year feels like the absolute icing on the cake for what is set to be our most successful year ever. I would like to dedicate this award to the hardworking team, both at Head Office and across our nationwide dealer network, who have been unrelenting in their singular focus to keep our customers’ businesses moving.
“I would also like to thank our loyal fleet customers, many of whom we have been working with across several years, if not decades. They are the lifeblood of our business and their commitment to us, their willingness to try new ideas and to push boundaries together, has proved to be a winning combination.”
Referring to the two product awards received, Stephen Briers added: “With the Sprinter you get what you pay for. Reliable, with strong whole-life costs and leading the market on new technology, the Sprinter is constantly evolving and improving. The roadside assistance service just adds to its dominance in this sector.
“The Sprinter Chassis can accommodate a multitude of bodies, but has found its niche servicing the growing home delivery sector. Fleets benefit from a strong converter scheme, wide payload range and a gross weight up to five tonnes. It’s reliable and versatile, while Mercedes-Benz is committed to partnership and collaboration.”