Wed, 24/09/2008 - 11:00

On the 23rd September, at the 62nd International Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover, the Peugeot BIPPER was awarded 2009 "International Van of the Year" . Following on from the 2008 award which was given to the Peugeot EXPERT, the Marque has now been singled out for distinction for two years running.

The new vehicle which is produced in Turkey in partnership with the TOFAS group, is the result of the wide-ranging co-operation between the PSA Peugeot Citroën and FIAT groups in the field of light commercial vehicles. In second place on the podium is the new Peugeot PARTNER.

The annual "International Van of the Year" prize has been awarded since 1992 by a select jury of leading journalists representing 20 European countries.
Peugeot has won the award previously with the BOXER (1995), PARTNER (1997) and the EXPERT (2008).

The jury recognised the originality of this new concept, aimed at the entry level of the European small van market, its compact size, optimised load volume (up to 2.8 m3), payload (up to 610 kg), its practicality and its superb handling, all responding to the needs of a specific professional customer base. It is also available in Multi-space versions intended for families and leisure activities.
The award also gives credit to the vehicle’s pleasant style, invigorating and rounded contours and assertive personality.

The low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions (4.5 litres/100 km and 119 g CO2/km in the combined cycle with the 1.4 litre HDi engine) were another convincing argument in its favour.
At a dynamic level, members of the jury applauded the vehicle’s engines, the availability of an electronically-controlled manual gearbox and its agile road holding. 

The Peugeot BIPPER, produced in Bursa (Turkey), was launched commercially in December 2007 as a panel van. Today it is now available on most European markets and in Turkey. The BIPPER Tepee Multi-space for its part was launched commercially last summer on a limited number of markets.
In a full year, the industrial potential of the BIPPER and BIPPER Tepee is 50,000 units.

Entirely renewed in 2006 (new BOXER), in 2007 (new EXPERT) and in 2008 (new PARTNER, succeeding the PARTNER Origin which remains on sale), and now enhanced by the BIPPER, the Peugeot offer of five different light commercial vehicles is the youngest and most complete in the Marque’s history.

It will allow the Marque to envisage for 2008 the objective of a new annual record in terms of world sales and European market share in the light commercial vehicle segment.

24 September 2008