The scrapping of the hike in fuel duty in the 2013 Budget is good news for small businesses and fleet managers. So, now could be a good time to make a purchase. There have been two big van award shows recently and GWA Cars & Finance has looked at where the prizes went.

It’s becoming a bit of trend. Having picked up the 2012 award for most reliable commercial van, the Ford Transit Custom has won the 2013 Van of the Year prize and the gong for the 2013 Best Medium Van from Trade Van Driver. GWA can source and provide finance for the Ford Transit Custom, which has won plaudits for its intelligent design, fuel-efficiency and advanced vehicle technology.

Fiat has been another big winner at the recent award ceremonies. The Fiat Fiorino was voted the Best City Van by Trade Van Driver, applauded for its economy, agility in traffic and for being easy to park and inexpensive to repair, and the Fiat Doblo Cargo won the Best Light Van of the Year prize from, which recommended it for use in the agriculture, construction, maintenance or city parks services sectors.

In addition, the Fiat Doblo Work Up took home the award for the Best Small Pick Up of the Year from Trade Van Driver. VansA2Z gave its award for Pick Up of the Year to the Isuzu D-Max, which beat off competition from, among others, the Toyota Hilux. We have a special deal at the moment on the new Toyota Hilux Invincible Double Cab Pick Up.

The 2013 Budget also provided more incentives for low-emission commercial car and van use, which will put more focus on these types of vehicles. The Renault Kangoo ZE won the award for Eco Van of the Year and is available at GWA. We also currently have a special deal on the new Renault Trafic SWB.

To have a chat about buying or leasing a new or used car or van, contact Gary at GWA Cars & Finance on 01243 510 650 or

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