Fiat Ducato automatic arrives in UK

The ‘Comfort-Matic’ gearbox has been added to the new Fiat Ducato van line-up for 2012 alongside a range of new, more frugal engines.

Based on a standard manual gearbox, the semi-automatic transmission can run in manual or automatic mode and, in the latter, controls the gears if the accelerator or brakes are applied suddenly.

Fiat says the new gearbox offers the simplicity and fuel efficiency of a manual gearbox with the practicality of an automatic transmission.

It is now available on the new Fiat Ducato van and Fiat says it is popular with professionals and owners of motorhomes.

The gearbox has been introduced alongside three new 2.3-litre diesel engines and a single 3.0-litre diesel engine, all of which qualify for the latest European emissions standard.

The new engines use up to 15 per cent less fuel than the previous engines offered with the Ducato and improved CO2 emissions over the older units.

The Fiat Ducato is a large van available in several different body styles ranging from panel van to minibus.

A panel van version and a 17-seat minibus will be the stars of Fiat’s stand at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham’s NEC between 24 April and 26 April 2012.

The show is the largest gathering of van makers and new van technology in the UK and Fiat will be demonstrating nine of its vans alongside some of its van technology.

This includes stop-start systems designed to save fuel, traction control, satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.

New Fiat Ducato vans and other Fiat vehicles are available from Perrys Fiat dealerships in the UK.