The Fiat Ducato chassis is what makes your motor home!
The 2013 Spring Caravan & Camping Show is the UK’s biggest showcase for UK and European motorhome manufacturers, Fiat Professional will be displaying their latest season’s models many of which are based on the Fiat Ducato chassis.
The Fiat Professional stand will provide visitors with any information required, from technical details to the full range of services available to Fiat based motorhome owners. Exhibits will include a Ducato Maxi 2.3 litre 150bhp chassis cab with the new extra-long wheelbase equipped with Comfort-Matic gearbox together with a display of this transmission.
Recently restyled, the Ducato is the evolution of a best seller which for the last 30 years – with its five generations – has been reaping international awards and commercial successes, as proven by more than 2.3 million vehicles sold worldwide from 1981 to date.
Fiat Professional is the only manufacturer to offer a specific engine for each type of motorhome, as well as a variety of power options for each engine. All Euro 5, the range of engines was redesigned to offer even greater power – with an average 15/20 HP increase – and consumption which has been reduced by 9-10% compared to the previous Euro 4 engines.
The Fiat Ducato’s engines are best in class in their categories in terms of their performance/consumption ratio, as well as standing out thanks to their low noise levels, optimised weight and increased service intervals (48,000km 30,000 miles).
The 130 and 150 MultiJet versions offer optimum flexibility and are ideal for medium sized motorhomes. Specifically, the 150 HP version offers the same performance as the previous 3 litre Euro 4 engine, but with significantly reduced consumption. The 180 MultiJet Power has been adapted for large sized motorhomes, or those weighing more than 3.5 tonnes, which is a growing market segment. Depending on the version, the new Ducato engines also benefit from second-generation MultiJet injection, which represents technology, performance and economy.
The range’s latest new features
Over recent months, several solutions have been introduced which have been designed to improve vehicle usage for motorhome owners. This starts with the new van base which has been adapted for large volume motorhomes, combined with specially designed light mechanicals with 15″ wheels to allow driving with a category B licence. Another new feature is the introduction of new cab and chassis cowl versions with extra-long wheel base (4300 mm) to ensure better dynamic behaviour and increased stability on the road.
There’s also a new dashboard design for an even more welcoming interior which is packed with intelligent solutions to make life on-board easier, like the seats which can be rotated through 180 degrees. And depending on the trim level, customers can also choose between three different dashboard finishes: dark grey (standard), Techno (with aluminium coloured air vents) and Elegant (which includes air vents and the central module in walnut effect Dip-print™).
The new Ducato’s infotainment system includes exclusive and innovative solutions like a new car radio integrated in the dashboard, myPort for the TomTom navigator and the integrated Blue&Me system, which has controls on the steering wheel and manages an array of connection functions, like hands-free telephone and playing music from MP3 devices (including latest-generation iPods™).
The fiatcampermobile application
Recently introduced and available free of charge, this is the first app dedicated especially to Ducato motorhome owners. The Fiat Ducato Camper app can be downloaded free of charge from the App store, Google Play and from the dedicated www.fiatcamper.com website. Its application – rich in utilities and contents which will accompany Fiat Ducato customers through 15 European countries – offers information on campsites, parking areas and places of interest to tourists, as well as the option to contact their nearest dealer, Customer Care or roadside assistance. There’s also a function which allows a customer’s motorhome to register its exact location once parked. This makes it particularly easy to get home, by accessing the Find function which will show customers the way to go.
Also the dedicated website (www.fiatcamper.com) has a number reserved exclusively for motorhome customers. With Ducato, Fiat Professional aims to provide a complete experience to motorhome customers, with an integrated eco-system of solutions and services for the best holiday experiences.