Fiat Professional's euro 5 Ducato is just the stuff for a nationwide hire firm.
Brandon Hire is a Bristol based business but a nationwide specialist tools and equipment hire firm for the construction industry. They have just invested in six new delivery vehicles based on Fiat Professional’s Euro 5 Ducato.
The Ducato’s are known in the business as the KFS ‘Plant & Go’ vehicles and will be used to transport light plant and equipment to customers. The vehicles were built by KFS Special Vehicles Ltd to Brandon Hire’s specification.
“We chose the Fiat Ducato Back to Back due to its ability to carry a mini-digger on the vehicle without the need to tow a trailer,” said Brandon Hire’s Fleet and Logistics Manager, Steve Pensom.
“What really impressed us, when the vehicle was on test, was the fact that anyone with a car licence could drive the truck. This benefit, along with improved MPG performance and the potential to safely carry greater payloads, provided us with the ideal vehicle to help minimise our costs and maximise our staff levels.”
The KFS Ducato ‘Plant & Go’ has been designed to allow for very low electric powered mobile towers to be loaded, and with the multiple tie-down points, the vehicle is very versatile in what it can carry, from the smallest generator to a mini-digger or the traditional 3.5m Herras fence panel.
Fiat’s range of Euro 5 engines is now more powerful and diverse. Each one is a leader in its power bracket in terms of consumption, emissions and performance. The range includes three 2.3 MultiJet II engines with power outputs of 110hp, 130hp and 150hp respectively. There is also a 3.0 litre 180 MultiJet Power Euro 5 engine.
All the 2.3 litre Ducato engines are part of the second-generation MultiJet family, which represents technology, performance and economy.
All engines stand out for their exceptional performance, long service intervals, low consumption (saving up to 15% compared with Euro 4 engines) and CO2 emissions well below legal limits, as well as for their quietness and relatively low weight, which is always important for a commercial/leisure vehicle where tonnage is a key factor.
Each engine is available with a six-speed manual gearbox, and customers can specify both 2.3 litre engines (130hp and 150hp) in addition to the 3.0-litre with the six-speed Comfort-Matic Manual Transmission Automated. This is a traditional manual transmission except there is no clutch pedal, and the manual linkage to the gearbox is replaced by actuators controlled by a Transmission Control Unit. The shift is either performed automatically or the driver can use the gear lever to prompt changes by pulling backwards or pushing forwards.
Brandon Hire’s vehicles are based on the Fiat Ducato 33 B2B chassis 2.3 MultiJet II 130hp version, and are fitted with a single passenger seat and a 68mph speed-limiter. The vehicle has a GVW of 3500kg and a 1910kg kerb weight.