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Sunday, 2 October 2016
Fiat Professional shows off it's most capable and newest range of commercial vehicles in it's history.
Fiat Professional shows full line-up at the biggest European exhibition of commercial and industrial vehicles
Range is capable of responding to all professional needs by covering 97% of the market
The Ram Truck brand is making its début in Hannover as an integration of the Commercial Vehicles offer to seize market potential in EMEA region
On display is a Ram 1500 Quad Cab Sport with automatic transmission and torque converter
Ducato is on the stand as it celebrates its 35th anniversary, with more than 2.9 million customers to date
The Ducato is equipped with new Euro 6 engines and is now available with a 9-passenger people mover that represents an important step taken by Fiat Professional towards the minibus segment
Space is also given over to the versatile Talento and the unstoppable Fullback
The Fullback is displayed in the MXGP livery, as the brand is an Official Sponsor of the World Championship
Mopar accessories and services tailored for professionals complete the exhibition
The 66th edition of the Hannover International Motor Show, the biggest European exhibition of commercial and industrial vehicles, takes place from 22nd to 29th September. The event gathers professionals and major vehicle manufacturers together, including Fiat Professional, in the German city.
In Hannover, Fiat Professional is displaying its entire line-up of commercial vehicles. After being completely refreshed in just two years, today the brand is capable of responding to all professional needs by covering 97% of the market. All body types are offered; loading capacities and volumes; a complete choice of wheelbases widths and height variants, in addition to high-efficiency engines and various fuel options.
Fiat Professional is also focussing on passenger transport and vehicle conversions.
This sector includes shuttles, assisted mobility, mobile workshops, vehicles with cargo beds, vehicles insulated or fitted with cold storage compartments, motorhomes for leisure time and public administration vehicles. In brief, any professional activity or mobility need can be satisfied by Fiat Professional vehicle conversions, as demonstrated by the collaboration with the major European outfitters.
Together with the new products, Fiat Professional is also evolving by expanding the commercial sales force and the dealership network, boosting service quality and accessing new markets with made-to-measure solutions. This means having the right models available, and above all having them available in the right segments – those which represents the largest slice of the sales mix. All this will allow Fiat Professional to balance the European market share with that of Italy and double sales in Africa and the Middle East, where the brand is expanding its network also by exploiting the synergy with Chrysler.
At the Hannover Motor Show, visitors are also able to appreciate the wide range of Mopar, the reference brand for services, Customer Care, original parts and accessories for FCA Group brands. Two models on display (the Ducato and Doblò Cargo) are fitted out with specific equipment studied by the Technical Service Operation Division of the Mopar brand.
Ducato is the brand's best seller that over 35 years and six generations has been chosen by over 2.9 million customers. Without considering that more than 600,000 families travel in a Fiat Professional Ducato base motorhome, the Ducato base is the undisputed leader in this sector and a benchmark in the category: over 75% of motorhomes in circulation today have a Ducato base.
Over the years it has gradually enhanced its features to become a trendsetter produced in over 10,000 product variants and sold in more than 80 countries worldwide.
There are three models on the stand starting with the new Combi with a long wheelbase fitted out with the 150 HP 2.3-litre Multijet2 engine, the best of its class in terms of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The vehicle exhibited comfortably seats 9 people and at the same time boasts a roomy luggage compartment (up to 2m) that is the best of its class. It features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, level control suspensions, a programmable and independent Webasto heating system, camera and parking sensors, control and speed limiter. The vehicle has a refined metallic grey livery with 16" alloy wheels and innovative LED daytime running lights.
This version introduces a new family of vehicles dedicated to people transport that will be enriched in 2017 with the new minibus models that have been fully re-engineered: new interiors, new ergonomic seats, new and efficient air conditioning system and a wide range of customisation for every short or long-range transportation need. Thanks to its low ground clearance and its interior roominess, Ducato is the ideal vehicle for urban and suburban passenger transportation, for both individuals and professionals.
On display at the Hannover show will also be an original Ducato set up in collaboration with the Technical Service Operation Division of the Mopar brand. More specifically, starting with the outstanding versatility of the model, the silver grey vehicle is equipped with a 150 HP 2.3-litre Multijet2 engine. It is a smart and innovative solution dedicated to a professional who uses it as a natural extension of his workplace. By using a quick and safe installation and removal system, Mopar offers a range of equipment suited to the diverse needs of customers. The version presented in Hannover displays a composition with three shelving models arranged on the two sides of the Ducato and storage compartments, drawers and tool cases. To enhance mobility, the vehicle also fits a power generator on an extractable top which can be used to operate a 10 bar air compressor in addition to other devices. Finally, other accessories worth mentioning are two telescopic cargo holding bars, a strap holder case and a handy trolley.
Finally, space is given over to a version on a Ducato with cab and flatbed base that demonstrates the exceptional versatility of the model, which lends itself to countless conversions. Distinguished by a white body, the vehicle is equipped with a 180 HP 2.3-litre Multijet2 engine (Euro 6) and a manual 6-speed transmission. Other equipment includes: 16" alloy wheels, cruise control and speed limiter, leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED daytime running lights and driver's seat with springs for extra comfort. Also installed on the vehicle is the Comfort pack that includes the Uconnect Nav 5’’ radio, rain and dusk sensors, fog lights, automatic A/C, electrically closing rear-view mirrors and driver assistance systems LDWS (Lane Departure Warning System) and HBR (High Beam Recognition).
In Hannover two Fullback models are on display. They are both equipped with a 180 HP 2.4-litre aluminium turbo diesel engine combined with four-wheel drive and manual 6-speed transmission. It is the symbolic product of the new range which is introducing the brand to an entirely new playing field and is a major leap towards Fiat Professional's growth as a global brand. Pick-up trucks are one of the most important segments in the EMEA region amounting to 22% of the entire commercial vehicle mix. Perfectly aligned with the top competition in terms of configurations, size and engines, "Fullback", the Fiat Professional "Work Hero", has been created to answer the specific needs of professional customers: its great flexibility makes it suitable for all kinds of work and leisure activities.
The Fullback recently took part, as the Official Vehicle, in the famous 2016 MXGP FIM Motocross World Championship, where Fiat Professional was Official Sponsor in the three races held in Belgium, Italy and the UK. This particular model is in the "extended cab" configuration (not available in the UK) and features a sporty dark fabric covering matched with a special livery in keeping with the motocross theme, made in collaboration with Garage Italia Customs. Its equipment includes: underbody skid plates for off-road use, black 16" alloy wheels, black front grille, specific side steps and steel sport bar painted black that emphasises its sporty look.
The second model on display is a "double cab" in the rich LX version, with white livery and dark fabric interior. The vehicle is embellished with tubular side steps, underbody skid plates for off-road use and 17" alloy wheels. The standard equipment includes the automatic A/C unit and the 7” touch display radio with built-in navigation system and rear camera. Also carrying the Mopar signature are several accessories installed on the vehicle, such as the logo valve caps, fabric mats and the loading compartment lining.
Talento with its generous loading capacity is the ideal work mate for professionals in city streets and on major roads alike. Talento is the link between Doblò Cargo and Ducato and is allowing Fiat Professional to cover new load volumes and lengths and compete in the 2P segment with an ideal-sized wheelbase.
The opening of the “CargoPlus” partition situated under the passenger seats allows professionals to carry objects measuring up to 3.75 metres in length (4.15 m for the long wheelbase trim level).
Its extraordinary accessibility is also guaranteed by the threshold of just 552 mm and the 1030 mm width of the sliding door (100 mm from the floor). The load volume equals 5.2 m3 in the short wheelbase trim level, 6 m3 in the long wheelbase trim level and a generous 8.6 m3 in the long wheelbase and raised roof trim level; this means that the New Talento, even in the short wheelbase trim level, is capable of carrying 3 Euro pallets.
Two models are on display in Hannover: a cargo version and another for passenger transport. The first vehicle distinguished by a pastel white livery, matt black 17" alloy wheels and "Techno Silver" interior including black dashboard and instrument trim painted silver. It is then entirely embellished with silver or chrome interior details.
The vehicle is equipped with the 125 HP 1.6 EcoJet S&S TwinTurbo engine with 320 Nm combined with a manual 6-speed transmission that adopts both SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) technology for reducing emissions of nitrogen oxides, thanks to the use of AdBlue® solution, and a TwinTurbo that reduces emissions and fuel consumption, and consequently also operating costs.
The equipment of the vehicle is completed with three Mopar accessories that make it even more functional: rubber mats, LED interior lights and a smartphone support on the dashboard.
Distinguished by its elegant metallic green paintwork and two comfortable rear sliding doors, the second Talento on display has Matt Black 17" alloy wheels and "Living Brown" interior (black/brown dashboard and glossy black trim with chrome details). A further touch of elegance is given by some internal chrome and glossy black elements, and four Mopar accessories, such as side steps, a smartphone support on the dashboard, fabric mats and protective loading compartment threshold. It is equipped with the 145 HP 1.6 EcoJet S&S TwinTurbo with 340 Nm, combined with a manual 6-speed transmission that is also fitted out with SCR technology and a two-stage turbocharger.
Both models on show are equipped with upper grid with black bars, A/C, rear camera, fog lights and LED daytime running lights built into the bumpers, plus the 7” Radio Touch Nav including the navigation system, AM/FM (+DAB) radio, USB and AUX ports for music files and Bluetooth® technology for hands-free phone use.
Mobility Solution: reduction of the “Total Cost of Ownership”, customised business solutions for customers and sustainability
Together with movability solutions made-to-measure, Fiat Professional boasts an increasingly customer-oriented approach that can be deduced from its constant attention both to reducing "Total Cost of Ownership" and sustainability. In particular, durability, robustness and consequent increase in the residual value, combined with efficiency and low operating costs and the reduction in price of spare parts, allow the Fiat Professional models to boast some of the lowest maintenance and repair costs in its class, an essential contribution to the improvement of Total Cost of Ownership between the purchase and the sale of the vehicle.
Another new model of the range exhibited at the Hannover Motor Show is the new Fiorino, the evolution of the model that invented the small van segment. With a refreshed design, inside and out, the New Fiorino is perfect for use in cities, agile in traffic and easy to park. It has a remarkable loading capacity of up to 2.8 m3 and can carry up to 660 kg of payload. The New Fiorino is at the top of its class in terms of performance, low running costs, comfort and functionality.
The heir to a winning model – it has been sold to over 1.6 million customers from 2000 to date – the Doblò Cargo offers the widest range in its segment (from vans to combis, plus the conversion versions for specific uses) and aims at consolidating its position in this market segment, which makes up approximately 25% of the European total light commercial vehicles. It has top-in-class loading capacity (up to 5.0 m³) and payload (up to 1 tonne), in addition to the adoption of exclusive Bi-link suspensions and a complete range of Euro6 engines.
Ram 1500 Quad Cab Sport
For the first time ever the Ram Truck brand is taking part in the Hannover Motor Show, thus marking the brand's début as an integration of the Commercial Vehicles offer to seize the potential in the EMEA market.
The vehicle on display is the Ram 1500 Quad Cab Sport with 5.7-litre HEMI® petrol engine and automatic 8-speed transmission. Distinguished by a Bright White livery, the vehicle has been modified to accommodate an LPG system, a very common option in Europe which allows the driver to switch between two fuel options (LPG or petrol) and to reduce fuel consumption while maintaining high performance driving.
Ideal for both work and leisure activities, the versatility of this configuration is further confirmed by the Mopar accessories created for commercial vehicles, including the side steps and black tool case. In addition, the Ram 1500 Quad Cab Sport offers a tow bar approved for the European market, and standing out among the options are the bucket seats with leather inserts, the loading compartment with tilting flat surface, the rear axle ratio of 3.92 and rear axle with anti-roll differential. Finally, the vehicle has a hood for sports performance and an under rail cargo bed covering.