A totally new light commercial vehicle concept from Volkswagen in the shape of the ID. Buzz Cargo has been announced as International Van of the Year 2023 (IVOTY).
Carsten Intra, Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV), accepted the award from Jarlath Sweeney, Chairman of the IVOTY, at the VDA opening event “Stars Of The Year” on Monday.
The ID. Buzz Cargo received this coveted international award even before its market launch. The vehicle has been developed exclusively for battery-electric transport and will be handed over to customers with a CO2-neutral balance sheet.
The 24 member pan-European expert journalistic judging panel collectively awarded the new all-electric Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles ID. Buzz 110 points, just ten marks ahead of its nearest challenger, the new Ford Pro E-Transit. The Renault Kangoo E-Tech Van, Nissan Townstar Zero-Emission & Mercedes-Benz eCitan were jointly placed in third position. The other shortlisted candidates included new models from the Fiat Professional Doblò & Scudo ranges. Coincidentally, the three podium positions were filled by electrically powered vans.
Carsten Intra: “We are honored and proud to receive this award for the ID. Buzz Cargo. A huge thank you to the IVOTY jury and to everyone at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles who contributed to making the ID. Buzz Cargo the best van in its class.”
Now in its 31st year, the main criteria for the International Van of the Year Award is the vehicles’ contribution to the efficiency, safety, sustainability and environmental standards of the light commercial vehicle sector. To be eligible, the vehicle must be new, in series production by the end of the year for which it receives the award, and present a significant technological innovation.