Since 1992, the 24-strong member panel is represented by editors and trade journalists from the top commercial vehicle magazines in each country across Europe plus Russia. From their combined titles, readership is estimated above 800,000. Each jury member diligently assesses each product from attending manufacturers presentations and from conducting test-drives abroad and at home.
The group meets regularly, chaired by Jarlath Sweeney (Ireland) and supported by an Executive Committee from Norway, Germany, UK, Italy and Croatia. IVOTY is the sister organization of the International Truck of the Year (ITOY) which was established in 1976 and the International Pick-Up Truck Award (IPU) launched in 2010.
The main criteria for the nomination and the election of any van as International Van of the Year is its contribution to raising the standards of efficiency and the sustainability of transport of goods by road with respect to environment and safety of people.
Past winners include all the major van manufacturers (see list on http://www.van-of-the-year.com) IVOTY is the most prestigious award in the light commercial vehicle sector and is presented annually at Commercial Vehicle Show each year.
The 2015 IVOTY Award was presented to the new Iveco Daily at the IAA CV Show 2014 in Hannover and the handover of the 2016 IVOTY trophy along with the International Pick-Up Award will be made at the Solutrans at the Eurexpo in Lyon, France next November.