The new Fiat Doblò Cargo, which is making its public debut in Ireland this week, has just been named International Van of the Year 2006 by an international jury of specialist LCV journalists from 19 European countries.
This award is in recognition of the latest Doblò Cargo’s many new features: from the new styling to the increased payload and load volume, new Maxi versions incorporating a longer wheelbase, and powerful yet economical MultiJet engines, as well as the special Natural Power version which makes little or no environmental impact.
The two Euro 4 emissions-compliant turbodiesel engine options made a particularly strong impression with the jury: the powerful 105bhp 1.9 MultiJet and 75bhp 1.3 16v MultiJet. The latter unit impressed the jury with its performance in spite of its small size. Further developments are in the pipeline for the coming year, such as the introduction of two new MultiJet engines with variable geometry turbochargers (they will be the first to equip a light commercial vehicle).
Some 310,000 Fiat Doblò Cargo LCVs have been built to date. The vehicle leads its class for access to the loading bay, productivity and payload, as well as for high levels of safety, comfort and ergonomics, and low consumption and operating costs, at a price that is extremely competitive throughout the world. The jury also took into account the professional expertise of Fiat’s LCV sales and service network, which is considered one of the best in Europe.