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Volkswagen Transporter scoops double award at 2021 What Van? Awards

Dec 10, 2020

  • Volkswagen Transporter T6.1 named Medium Van of the Year
  • Volkswagen Transporter also scooped Used Van of the Year gong
  • Second consecutive year the Transporter has been awarded both titles
  • The What Van? awards are decided by expert panel of judges

Milton Keynes, UK – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has won two prestigious accolades at the 2021 What Van? Awards, with the iconic Transporter claiming Used Van of the Year and the new Transporter T6.1 crowned Medium Van of the Year.

It is the second year in a row that the Transporter has won both awards, highlighting its status as the top choice for van drivers.

The Transporter, which celebrated its 70th anniversary this year, was crowned Used Van of the Year for 2021 and commended for its outstanding reliability and exceptional residual value.

The new Transporter T6.1 fought off tough competition to scoop its second consecutive Medium Van of the Year title. The new panel van was praised for its refreshed design as well its reliability and comfort.

The What Van? Awards are widely regarded as one of the UK’s most distinguished accolades for the light commercial vehicle industry. The judging panel is made up of a selection of industry experts who use their invaluable experience to decide the nominees across eight different manufacturer categories.

James Dallas, Editor of What Van?, commented: “We are delighted to be hosting the first virtual What Van? Awards this year, acknowledging the best vans in the industry in each of our eight categories across the sector. Now also available as the electric ABT e-Transporter, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ legendary van continues to set the benchmark for quality, reliability, and practicality in the most popular market sector. A new interior and the introduction of electromechanical power steering have further improved the T6.1 version.

“I am also pleased to award the Transporter Used Van of the Year. The Transporter is reliable, it is a capable load-lugger, boasts rock solid build quality that stands the test of time and commands unbeatable residual values, all of which combine to make it an outstanding used van choice.”

The Transporter T6.1, launched earlier this year, has a redesigned front end and interior, total connectivity, and more space than ever before. It continues in the footsteps of the iconic Transporter, which has built an illustrious reputation for reliability and quality since the first model rolled off the production line in 1950.

Kate Thompson, Head of Marketing at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “We are thrilled to have won these awards for the second year in a row. To triumph again at these distinguished awards is a clear demonstration of the timeless qualities and undeniably strong reputation that the Transporter possesses.”

For more details on Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ award-winning range of products and services, or to find your nearest Van Centre, please visit


About Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles:
Over 60 years ago, the first Transporter arrived in the UK, creating a blueprint which others would follow: a van which gets the job done efficiently and reliably. Today, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles offers a diverse model range – from the compact Caddy, through the evergreen Transporter and sturdy Crafter panel vans, dropsides and tippers, to the Caravelle passenger carrier, California camper and the Amarok pick-up. The vehicles are as versatile and dependable as Volkswagens have always been, but now they’re more spacious, more comfortable and safer than ever.

Every van also comes backed by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ ‘Working With You’ promise. It’s a commitment to work in partnership with businesses, providing them with the best products and aftersales support, whether they’re buying one or a thousand vans. For more information visit


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