Fiat Professional’s updated Ducato has scooped up the “Van of the Year” award at the 2022 Auto Express Awards.
The freshly designed Ducato was praised for its high-quality finishes, unrivaled payload capabilities, and generous range of body styles. The van was also recognized as featuring impressive connectivity features.
The Ducato is the first-ever commercial vehicle to benefit from Level 2 autonomous Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), aiming to improve the driving experience while making the van a safer environment for work or leisure.
Additional standout technology features include speed limitation, braking control for unexpected obstacles such as pedestrians and cyclists, road sign recognition, and driver attentiveness monitoring.
“Evolution is very much the keyword when it comes to the van market,“ Steve Fowler, Auto Express Editor-in-Chief. Makers strive to bring their models up to date with the latest tech, while still maintaining or trying to improve the payload weights and cargo volumes that operators are used to. The latest Fiat Ducato is a prime example of this, which is why it takes our Van of the Year award.”
“The safety kit on board is a big plus, the sheer variety of panel van lengths and conversions on offer mean there’s something for everyone. Additionally, the higher specs get car-like kits such as digital dials and a big touch screen that’s easy to get on with and offers lots of connectivity.”
In recent years, Fiat Professional and the Ducato van range have made great progress in the United Kingdom (U.K.) fleet market, with their expanding model range, growing dealer network, and dedication to commercial customers.
“We are delighted that the Ducato continues to make waves in the industry, scooping up its second award of the year and maintaining its status as a market leader across Europe,” stated Richard Chamberlain, Head of Fiat Professional in the U.K.