2014 Motor Transport Awards
Fiat’s Doblo Cargo has been named the Fleet Van of the Year at the 2014 Motor Transport Awards.
The awards, which were held earlier last week in London’s Grosvenor House, are recognised as one of the road haulage industry’s most prestigious honours.
Judged by an independent panel of industry experts, the Motor Transport Awards recognise and celebrate innovation, outstanding service as well as the efficiency and quality of products and businesses in the industry.
The Doblo was launched in 2010 and has since gone on to prove a hit with small businesses, as well as local authorities, civic services and large fleets who demand versatility and practicality. Low cost is also a significant factor, with for the Doblo starting from £13,055.
Judges praised its large range of body style and engines, as well as its towing ability and load capacity. Additionally, the Doblo Cargo was hailed for a low fuel consumption and long service intervals.
Justin Stanton, Operations Director at Motor Transport, said: “The FIAT Doblò Cargo has an obvious appeal to fleet operators: its towing capabilities are highly regarded, it has an assured ride and high comfort levels and it also sports a stylish and modern interior. The most striking element of the cab is just how much space there is, the cabin feels huge for such a small van.
“It has proved a big hit in the UK since its launch but recently it has also found its way into a wider range of fleets as more businesses come to appreciate not only its attributes but the manner in which the Fiat Professional brand is developing.”
The rear suspension of the Doblo has been designed to minimise its impact and intrusion to the rear load area. This means that rather than trying to fit loads around the suspension, the suspension is fitted around the van’s main purpose, carrying goods.
As well as increasing practicality, it also helps the Doblo’s driveability. The lightweight, compact independent rear suspension design endows the van with a superb ride quality, which is ideal for keeping cargo from getting bashed about and also keeps passengers comfortable.
Fiat Doblo Cargo Engines
A wide range of engines are available in the model, starting with a 93bhp 1.4-litre petrol motor with stop-start technology that offers average economy of just over 40mpg and 163g/km CO2 emissions.
There’s also a 1.6-litre turbodiesel in 88bhp and 103bhp variants, with the less powerful version using Fiat’s five-speed Comfort-Matic robotic manual gearbox. The Comfort-Matic claims to combine the best of a manual transmission with the best of an automatic, doing away with the clutch pedal and offering an automatic mode as well as sequential manual shifts.
This is the latest in a long string of accolades for the Doblo, after it scooped the Light Van of the Year award last year courtesy of VansA2z.com and a hat-trick of awards the previous year.