Fiat Doblo Cargo wins second top award

Having been introduced in March this year, the Fiat Doblo Cargo has already been named the International Van of the Year 2010 prior to picking up the second top industry award this week.

The van’s distinctive styling, including chunky bumpers and large, prominent headlamps, has impressed judges of the Fleet Van awards, who also cited lower running costs and higher quality over the outgoing model.

"An all-new product that stands out head and shoulders above some tough competition in its sector," said the Fleet Van of the Year judging panel, "Good load space, high build quality, a one-tonne payload, competitive running costs and Fiat’s improved support for van fleets marks a step change for the Doblò Cargo.

"Fiat has flexed its engineering muscles and got it spot on."

Fiat’s well-known expertise with engines impressed the judges, including the introduction of Stop/Start on the 2.0-litre 135bhp engine.

Other engines in the range include a 1.4-litre 95bhp petrol engine and two other MultiJet diesel engines, a 1.3-litre and 1.6-litre unit offering 105bhp and 135bhp respectively.

The van also offers a range of body styles including Cargo, Cargo Maxi, Cargo Maxi SX, Combi, Combi Maxi and Platform Cab.

A car version, the Fiat Doblo, is also available with the same unusual design and box-like rear.

Gerry Clarke, director, Fiat Professional UK, who said: "Customer and media interest in the new Doblò Cargo has been phenomenal, and it was recently named International Van of the Year, so we didn’t think it could get much better than that.

"We were wrong – and I am delighted the Doblò Cargo has once again been recognised by a panel of fleet experts for the superb vehicle that it is."

Fiat has also been awarded Best Marketing Campaign at the Blades awards for ‘The Fleet’ advert campaign, which used a fictional company as the basis for sitcom-style adverts.

The Blades awards manufacturers in the automotive industry for innovate advertisement campaigns for both cars and vans.