peugeot bipper awarded again as 'best light van' at 2012 van fleet honours

Friday, 18 May 2012

  • 2012 Van Fleet World Honours again selects the Peugeot Bipper* its‘Best Light Van’
  • One of many awards recognising the virtues of this accomplished compact LCV
  • Bipper van sales reflect its popularity with businesses

The Peugeot Bipper van, already an established and popular choice with prominent businesses and companies up and down the country, has again been awarded a key accolade, this time as the ‘Best Light Van’ - at this year’s Van Fleet World Honours.

The highly contested ‘Manufacturer Awards’ are very sought after and the Peugeot Bipper’s compact proportions, frugal HDi diesel engines and transmissions (with manual, EGC and Stop & Start systems available), a payload of up to 660kg and a load volume of 2.5m3, make it a leading business choice.

The Van Fleet World Honours are presented annually to those motor manufacturers, service companies and individuals who have, in the opinion of the judges, achieved the highest possible level of excellence in their sector.

The Peugeot Bipper has won the Best Light Van 2012 Award at the Van Fleet World Honours. The trophy was presented at a special ceremony held at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall.

The awards are open to all motor manufacturers and the judging process combines the expert opinion of the Van Fleet World editorial team with the values provided by a number of leading leasing companies and fleet data providers.

The Van Fleet World Honours judging panel is chaired by John Kendall, Editor of Van Fleet World, and includes Steve Moody, Alex Grant and Ross Durkin from the Fleet World editorial team.

The great combination of superb HDi diesel engines and manual, EGC and Stop-Start transmissions, together with a potential 68.9mpg on combined cycle make the Bipper an ever-more popular choice for businesses throughout the UK. With a payload of 660kg and a load volume of up to 2.5m3, united with the high quality Peugeot fleet sales and support service and excellent product quality, the Peugeot Bipper is a superb light commercial van. The Bipper is also available in a popular ‘Professional’ version, featuring air conditioning, half-height bulkhead and Bluetooth as standard for businesses requiring even more comfort and support for their van drivers.

At the awards ceremony in London, John Kendall, Van Fleet World Editor, John Kendall, commented: ‘A 2.5m3 capacity body and 660kg payload plus frugal 1.3-litre diesel engine suits many pockets and purposes.’

Commenting on this year’s awards, Fleet World Managing Editor, Ross Durkin, said: ‘The LCV manufacturers continue to produce some first-class vans which every year seem to get better in terms of safety, environmental performance, reliability and whole-life cost. As well as traditionally powered vans we are now seeing the emergence of a growing number of electric vehicles and this exciting market sector promises much in the future. We are also delighted to recognise the excellent quality of some of the industry’s key fleet service providers in this year’s awards.’

Jonathan Bates, Peugeot LCV Product Manager, said: “The Bipper is a terrific light commercial van and thoroughly deserves to be the ‘Best Light Van 2012’.  Winning this prestigious award is yet another demonstration of the importance we place in product excellence with good customer support and after sales service.”

Previous accolades include;

  • ‘Best New Van’ in 2008 (Fleet World Honours)
  • ‘International Van of the Year’ in 2009
  • ‘Best Light Van’ in 2010 (iVan & iTruck awards)
  • ‘City Van of the Year’ in 2011 (Fleet Van awards)

Peugeot Product Summary – Light Commercial Vehicles

Peugeot offers an extensive range of LCVs that includes the Bipper, the Partner, the Expert and the Boxer van. While the Bipper is nimble, compact and most economical, the durability and efficiency of design runs through the other vans.  The Partner, Expert and Boxer are offered in a variety of wheelbases, capabilities and engine choices.

Not necessarily for publication, but for background and awareness;

Recent stories from the Peugeot UK PR Team include;

  • Diesel-electric hybrids now available in the 508 Saloon HYbrid4 & 508 RXH
  • Sales growth in emerging markets helps international development for Peugeot
  • Peugeot tackles drop in young driver car ownership by extending just add fuel™ scheme

Available on the www.peugeotpress.co.uk website (Newspress passwords apply)

News, products & dates coming from Peugeot soon in 2012:

  • New 508 Saloon HYbrid4 with CO2 at just 95g/km is on sale in June
  • The new 208 – lighter, smaller, bigger on the inside (than 207) with new 3-cyl engines
  • Thursday, 27th September - Press Day at the Paris Motor Show

Tim Zimmerman, Managing Director at Peugeot UK, said: “The Peugeot brand is reinvigorated – with a new logo, a its new brand signature - ‘Motion & Emotion’ and a portfolio of attractive new products – all capturing the identifiable strengths of the brand – being stylish, of high-quality, durable, affordable and efficient.

“Of course our environmental record is an example to others, and our products continue to be amongst the lowest of low CO2 vehicles.  This lead position continues with the recent introduction of the world’s first diesel hybrid – the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 – and with the 508 that also benefits from the HYbrid4 technology.”

Peugeot UK

Peugeot is part of the PSA Group – Europe’s 2nd largest automotive producer - and is one of the nine most popular automotive brands in the world, with sales of over 2m vehicles. Present in 160 countries with over 10,000 dealer-points.  In 2010 the Peugeot brand celebrated its 200th anniversary.  The Peugeot signature is ‘Motion & Emotion’.

The UK is currently Peugeot’s 4th largest sales market outlet.

Its UK subsidiary has its headquarters in Coventry and it has c240 franchised dealerships.

The product portfolio includes electric (iOn), petrol and diesel cars (107 Compact, 207 its best-selling model (and in June replaced by new 208), the medium-sized 308, 3008 Crossover, 5008 Compact MPV, large 508 and the RCZ Sports Coupé).  There are Diesel-electric hybrid vehicles with the 3008 HYbrid4, 508 Saloon HYbrid4 and 508 RXH. Also in the portfolio is MPV people carriers (‘Tepee’ range) and vans (Bipper, Partner, Expert & Boxer). Peugeot also has a ‘Mu by Peugeot’ mobility service - for the hire of all of its products, including cycles, scooters, cars, vans and accessories.

Press Contacts

Andrew Didlick, Communications Director
T: +44 (0)2476 884309 / M: +44 (0) 7836 362859 / E: Andrew.didlick@peugeot.com 

Kevin Jones, Public Relations Manager
T: +44 (0)2476 884215 / M: +44 (0)7880 786596 / E: kevin.jones@peugeot.com

Steven Fahey, Public Relations Manager
T: +44 (0)2476 884216 / M: +44 (0) 7748 704219 / E: steven.fahey@peugeot.com 

Craig Morrow, Press Fleet Coordinator
T: +44 (0)2476 884261 / M: +44 (0)7747 764745 / E: craig.morrow@peugeot.com

Janet Brace, Press Office Coordinator
T: +44 (0)2476 884257 / M: +44 (0)7798 607896 / E: janet.brace@peugeot.com

To obtain high resolution downloadable images of the Peugeot product range, information and news stories, log onto the Peugeot Press website: www.peugeotpress.co.uk (Newspress passwords apply)

Company website: www.peugeot.co.uk /Mu by Peugeot: www.mu.peugeot.co.uk

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