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Doblo and Fiorino hit the headlines this week

Fiat Proffessional will be feeling rather pleased with themselves this week, they’ve hit the headlines twice this week by winning two great accolades!

Fiat DobloThird time in a row the Fiat Doblo took the prestigious Light Van of the Year Award in 2013 What Van? Plus Fiat Fiorino has took the significant title of City Van of the Year in the 2012 Fleet Van Awards.

What Vans?’s Judging experts were once again impressed with Doblò Cargo’s blend of versatility, practicality, economy, driveability and the great value proposition that it represents.

“Fiat’s Doblò Cargo remains the most appealing light van in the market, combining good value with class leading ride and handling and a range of efficient diesel engines, as well as a versatile line-up of models,” said What Van? Editor Paul Barker. “This third consecutive victory is entirely deserved in a competitive sector.”

The Fleet Van Awards, now in their fifth year, are the benchmark awards for the light commercial vehicle industry, with trophies awarded to manufacturers, fleet operators and suppliers.

Fiat FiorinoThe Fiat Fiorino would have been compared with its competition on core fleet criteria, including payload, safety, technology, running costs, fuel efficiency/CO2 emissions, reliability, aftersales service and back-up offered by the dealer network. They also include driver appeal in terms of comfort and performance.

The judging panel includes members of the Fleet News/Fleet Van editorial team and an independent team of van experts.

Fiat Professional’s Fiorino beat off strong competition to win this year’s City Van award and the judges were particularly impressed with Fiorino for its latest MultiJet II engines, economy, practicality and the levels of fleet support and back-up through Fiat Professional’s dealer network.

Commenting on Fiorino’s success, the Fleet Van of the Year judging panel remarked: “An excellent dealer network for back-up support and evidence of large fleet corporate wins, plus strong engines, good volume load space and competitive running costs – particularly on reducing downtime and SMR – put the Fiorino out in front. In a three-horse race, investment by Fiat in its market offering puts it ahead by a nose.”

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