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20 Mar 2015

NEW FIAT DOBLÒ CARGO NAMED VANSA2Z VAN OF THE YEAR 2015

Barely a month after going on sale in the UK, the new FIAT Doblò Cargo has scooped its first major awards, winning not only Light Van of the Year but also the overall Van of the Year prize at the VansA2Z Van of the Year Awards 2015.

NEW FIAT DOBLÒ CARGO NAMED VANSA2Z VAN OF THE YEAR 2015
  • New FIAT Doblò Cargo scoops Light Van of the Year and overall Van of the Year awards at the VansA2Z awards
  • The announcement was made at a special event held at Twickenham Stadium in West London on March 19 2015
  • VansA2Z editors were impressed by the FIAT Doblò Cargo's new styling, numerous technical improvements and expansive range
  • Priced from £13,245*, the new FIAT Doblò is available in four bodystyles and four specification levels with five powertrain options

Barely a month after going on sale in the UK, the new FIAT Doblò Cargo has scooped its first major awards, winning not only Light Van of the Year but also the overall Van of the Year prize at the VansA2Z Van of the Year Awards 2015.

FIAT Professional's newest product had to see off some very strong competition to claim the overall top spot but according to VansA2Z the new FIAT Doblò Cargo is "a delight" and cited its wide choice of model variants, more responsive diesels with increased low-down torque, improved fuel consumption and detail tweaks to the gearchange amongst its highlights.

The previous generation FIAT Doblò Cargo was already a critical success, having won numerous awards including International Van of Year in 2011, but according to VansA2Z the myriad of "detail tweaks...have transformed it".

The judging panel for the VansA2Z Van of the Year Awards is comprised of its vastly experienced editorial team, with additional input from two well respected specialist freelance journalists, all of whom spend their lives driving the latest vans, pick-ups and light trucks. Vehicles are assessed for fuel consumption, driveability - including such mundane, but important aspects as gearchange quality - refinement, safety, driver comfort, load-carrying ability, load area access and of course price; residual as well as front-end.

According to Editor Neil McIntee, "FIAT's latest Doblò Cargo is an impressive package that combines good looks with some important practical benefits. That is why we have no hesitation in making it our Van of the Year for 2015."

Sebastiano Fedrigo, director, FIAT Professional UK, commented, "What a way to launch the FIAT Doblò Cargo on to the UK market! Winning such an important and highly-regarded award so soon after being launched, and against such strong competition, is a massive endorsement of our newest van. The credit, of course, must go to FIAT Professional's engineers who took the brilliant Doblò Cargo and, by examining every detail and listening to customer feedback, were able to make it even better. We are also very grateful to the VansA2Z jury members for appreciating the cumulative effect of all those improvements and awarding the new FIAT Doblò Cargo their highest accolade!"

About the FIAT Doblò:

The 2015 FIAT Doblò was launched to the UK media on February 16, 2015, at a special event staged in the Midlands. The new fourth-generation FIAT Doblò features a fresh exterior design, improved engine performance for key models and a new "EcoJet" version engineered to lower fuel consumption and reduced running costs even further. The new Doblò is also the first vehicle to wear the full "FIAT Professional" logo on its tailgate, a signature which will appear on all new FIAT Professional commercial vehicles from now on.

Since it was first launched in 2000, the FIAT Doblò has amassed more than 1.4 million sales in more than 80 different countries, including North America where it retails as the RAM Promaster City. It is produced in the Tofa plant in Bursa, Turkey, a World Class Manufacturing Gold Medal winner. Prices for the new FIAT Doblò start at £13,245* and it is available in four bodystyles (Standard, Maxi, XL and Work Up) and four specification levels (Standard, SX, EcoJet and Tecnico) with five powertrain options (1.4 petrol 95hp, 1.3 MultiJet II 90hp, 1.6 MultiJet II 90hp Comfort-Matic, 1.6 MultiJet II 105hp and 2.0 MultiJet 135hp).

Further information on the new FIAT Doblò, as well as the other models in FIAT Professional's award-winning range of commercial vehicles, is available at www.FIATprofessional.co.uk.

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*Prices exclude VAT, OTR, delivery and related charges

Notes to Editors:

VansA2Z was officially launched in August 2010 and the VansA2Z.com website provides a video led, one-stop information shop for businesses and individuals who rely on LCVs. It has a dedicated and experienced team including Neil McIntee, Editorial Director - 20 years as an editor in LCV market, Ben Wood, Production & Technical Director and Kevin Gregory, Managing Director who has over 30 years in B2B, consumer and online publishing.

The VansA2Z YouTube channels have now over 3.6 million viewings.

FIAT Professional UK Press Office Contacts:
Conor Twomey - PR Manager +44 (0)1753 519403 conor.twomey@FIAT.com
Puneet Joshi - PR Officer +44 (0)1753 519591 puneet.joshi@FIAT.com

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