The new MINI Clubvan has been given the Editor's Choice award at the 2013 What Van? Awards just months after it was unveiled. The new model was praised for its class-leading driving dynamics and fuel efficiency as well as they way it combines style and practicality and the "unrivalled driving pleasure" it offers. The Clubvan has an 860-litre load capacity as well as all of the premium features which you may expect from MINI. What Van? Editor Paul Barker described its arrival as "the most exciting and charismatic entrance into the light commercial vehicle arena for many years". He gave the new model the award because of its combination of "workman-like light van practicality" with a "unique" style, which he says will appeal to small businesses in particular. The MINI One Clubvan, which is built in the UK in Oxford, starts from just £11,175 (retail price excluding VAT) and Corporate Operations Manager Stephen Chater was thrilled to accept the award, claiming it proves you can "mix business with pleasure". The new Ford Transit Custom won the prestigious Van of the Year award, impressing the expert judging panel from What Van? with its interior, exterior and various new innovations. What Van? Editor Paul Barker was fulsome in his praise for the way the manufacturer had "improved vastly" on the predecessor, which was already the dominant van in the industry and held up as a benchmark for everyone else. He says the inside of the new model is better than anything van drivers were used to before and commended the way that the Custom continues the name and heritage but actually manages to make significant improvements. The What Van? Awards have been running for more than 20 years now and there are over 12 different categories in total, which are judged by the publication's expert editorial team. The Transit in its various guises may be used to the plaudits as it has dominated the sector for so long, but models like the MINI Clubvan, in particular, will benefit greatly from being recognised in the UK's top light commercial vehicle honours
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