Mercedes-Benz Vans is celebrating a clutch of first prizes at some of the industry’s most prestigious annual awards nights.
The Sprinter was crowned Van of the Year at the Commercial Fleet Awards, whose judges said: “The win for Sprinter is a good indication of fleet opinion – it is beloved by many companies operating in a multitude of industry sectors. The judges rated the Sprinter highly and it continues to be a very strong contender, despite being due for replacement next year. It remains for many industries the vehicle of choice for fleet.”
The Sprinter also retained its Large Van of the Year title at the Association of Car Fleet Operators Awards, and its Most Reliable Van crown at the FN50 Awards. At the FN50, Mercedes-Benz Vans was also named the Most Reliable Manufacturer.
“Mercedes-Benz Vans dominated the 2017 FN50 reliability study, taking top spot in both the brand and model categories,” Fleet News’ Editor-in-Chief Stephen Briers explained. “The company moved up two places to become the UK’s most reliable brand, while the Sprinter was the most reliable model for the third consecutive year. The 2017 reliability study was based on actual breakdown and warranty claims figures from almost 250,000 vans, making it the biggest report of its type in the UK.”
Steve Bridge, the MD of Mercedes-Benz Vans UK, added: “To be cited as both the most reliable van and manufacturer demonstrates that we are committed to our promise of keeping the nations’ businesses moving. We’re very proud to have received these awards as they come from the direct feedback of owners and operators, which is always so valuable to receive.”