Ford Ranger and Transit Custom Take Top Honours at the 2021 Auto Express Awards

  • Ford Ranger named Pick up of the Year at the 2021 Auto Express Awards
  • Transit Custom – the UK’s best-selling vehicle – named Van of the Year 2021
  • Van Fleet World also awards Transit Custom Van of the Year title and Ford as Manufacturer of the Year

DUNTON, UK, July 7, 2021 – Ford’s best-ever commercial vehicle line-up has continued its success story into 2021, winning a series of new awards.

Auto Express has named the Ford Ranger “Pick Up of the Year” at the Auto Express Awards for the third consecutive year, while Transit Custom takes the honour of Van of the Year.

“It’s the UK’s best-selling truck, and with good reason” said Steve Fowler, Editor-in-chief, Auto Express. “There are a huge variety of models on offer, from the work-focused to the high-spec lifestyle models that can easily double as family transport for the business user. It’s more SUV-like than ever but is still capable of taking on the everyday grind, which is why it’s still our favourite truck.”

The Ford Ranger line up will expand further this year with the introduction of three new, limited edition models – Wolftrak, Stormtrak and Raptor Special Edition. These join the new MS-RT Ranger and the established XL, XLT, Limited and Wildtrak series.

Ranger accounts for 40 per cent market share of the UK’s pick-up segment in 2021 year-to-date, and one in three pick-ups sold in across Europe. Meanwhile, the Ford Transit Custom – the UK’s best-selling vehicle for 2021 year-to-date – has also been crowned Van of the Year by Auto Express.

“Vans have helped to keep the country moving in the past 18 months, and the Transit Custom is the best in the business” said Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief, Auto Express.  “Whether you go for the basic steel-wheeled, black-bumpered Leader, choose the rugged Trail and Active variants, or the high-spec Sport and MS-RT versions, it really is the van that can.”

Mandy Dean, commercial vehicle director, Ford of Britain, said: “We’re delighted that Auto Express recognises the hard work our teams put into engineering and building our vehicles, and these great awards are testament to that dedication. Our mantra is making our customers’ businesses thrive, so in part these awards also recognise all those hard-working businesses that depend on Ford commercial vehicles for their success.”

These awards follow recognition from Van Fleet World, which not only awarded Transit Custom Medium Van of the year, but also named Ford Van Manufacturer of the Year. Additionally, Fleet News yesterday named Ford Van Fleet Manufacturer of the Year, voted for by its readers.

Transit remains the UK’s best-selling commercial vehicle – a title it has held for 56 years. The full Transit range and Ford commercial vehicle line up will be on display at this year’s CV Show, including the public debut of the new E-Transit.