Fiat Ducato – new record
Vehicle number 5,000,000 came out of Sevel’s (European Light Vehicle Company) production lines. It is a Fiat Ducato People Transport (short wheel base and low roof), with white livery and equipped with the brilliant 2.3 Multijet II 130 HP.
Acquired by an Italian client for passenger transportation, internally, the vehicle is characterized by a modern techno dashboard that combines soft touch materials with shiny black surfaces and rich chrome plating. The centre console integrates the exclusive UConnect radio system with 5″ colour touch screen and CD/MP3 player, with Bluetooth technology, steering wheel commands and rear view camera. In addition, the interior comfort is guaranteed by the various seat adjustment options, both for driver and passengers, and by the efficient front and rear manual climate control system. Finally, safety is also guaranteed by the latest generation electronic stability control and by the „full size” 120 litres airbag for maximum passenger safety.
Undoubtedly, the winning hand of Ducato People Transport is its reliable 130 HP turbo diesel Multijet II engine, which ensures excellent performance, agility in urban traffic and brilliance in long distance drives. Moreover, the high torque at low rpm (320 Nm at 1,800 rpm) allows the vehicle to „spring up” with ease, even with heavy loads. The engine thus proves to be the „best in class” in its category, the perfect balance between power, torque, by far the best in fuel consumption and autonomy compared to its competitors.
This record-breaking model confirms the high versatility of the best seller Fiat Professional, which, for the last 34 years, with its 5 generations, has been the best travel and work companion for the over 2.6 million clients who have chosen it since 1981. Not to mention that more than 500,000 families still travel today with a Fiat Ducato-based camper, which has been the absolute leader in the sector for years and a benchmark in its class. Furthermore, in 2014, this model won the title of best-selling vehicle of its segment in Europe.
Among this model’s many strong points, its powerful and efficient engines as well as numerous high-tech contents, such as the last generation security and driver assistance systems and the new Infotainment system, are particularly worth mentioning. In addition, thanks to certain targeted technical interventions, the New Ducato’s already excellent durability and strength qualities have been improved with a consequent increase of its residual value. All of that, combined with low operating costs and reduced spare parts prices, allows the new Fiat Professional vehicle to offer among the lowest maintenance and repair costs in this category, a key element contributing to improve the „Total Cost of Ownership”.
The New Ducato offer provides a very important solution in ecological terms as well by expanding the range with the 140 Natural Power version, which combines methane with an efficient 136 HP 3-litre turbo engine (Euro 6). This guarantees performance, reliability and durability in line with the diesel versions, along with low fuel consumptions and, above all, low emissions. Compared to the previous generation, the Ducato Natural Power family expands with the introduction of the new Combi versions, perfect for the combined transportation of goods and passengers, and People Transport, the shuttle that comfortably accommodates up to 9 people and their luggage. These models are accompanied by the freight transportation versions, available as panelled and windowed vans, and versions intended for all sorts of specific trims, such as platform cabs.
In addition, the New Ducato offers the widest range of front-wheel drive vehicles on the market: in fact, the different combinations of body solutions, engine and mechanics can offer up to about 10,000 variations for commercial vehicles, passenger transportation and trim bases. In particular, within the range of vans, you can choose from eight different capacity levels, ranging from 8 to 17 m³ and they offer the highest efficiency in their class. Furthermore, the New Ducato is available in 4 variations in terms of length and 3 in height for vans, and 6 different lengths for cabs and chassis cowls.