Earlier this week, Stellantis introduced a new generation of FIAT and FIAT Professional vans that are about to go into production at the historic Stellantis plant in Hordain, near Valenciennes in Northern France. The two new models will be offered in both Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) and Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) configurations, as well as three vehicle combinations, to help expand FIAT’s light/midsize commercial vehicle portfolio.
According to Stellantis, the ICE models of the new vans will offer a diesel powertrain paired with either manual or automatic transmissions. The light commercial vehicle option will offer a cargo van, passenger van, or chassis cab configuration to choose from and should offer a solution for each commercial van application. The new van series is based on the EMP2 platform (which underpins a number of Peugeot, Citroën, Opel, Vauxhall, and DS Automobile vehicles). The modular nature of which makes it possible to meet specific needs in various markets, by adapting to very different models and segments.
The FIAT brand has created some of their most famous models at the French site, those vehicles include the high-end 1994 to 2022 Fiat Ulysse MPV and the 1996 to 2016 Fiat Scudo commercial van. Opened in 1992 as a result of a joint venture between FIAT and PSA dating back to 1978, the industrial complex will be the birthplace of the two newest FIAT and FIAT Professional vehicles, ready to meet the challenges of the new, increasingly sustainable, and environment-friendly urban mobility.
Inspired by the success of their predecessors, the two new models will take the names Fiat Ulysse and Fiat Professional Scudo. They will give a boost to the ranges of the Turin-based brands, serving as a zero-emissions solution aimed at large families, the recreational vehicles market, chauffeured transportation, professionals, and outfitters. In actual fact, the familiar, reliable internal combustion engine versions of both vehicles will be joined by the innovative 100% electric models, which are bound to attract great interest among the public.
The new FIAT and FIAT Professional generation is therefore a response to the ongoing transition to zero-emissions mobility. Specifically, with the rising use of light commercial vehicles in urban areas – partly due to the increase in demand for online delivery services, these vehicles will make a significant contribution to reducing emissions in cities. Likewise, the passenger-carrying versions will enable families to enjoy a ‘green’ active lifestyle, benefiting from innovative high-tech devices, extraordinary levels of comfort and space at the top of their segment, and advanced safety features.
Orders for the Fiat Professional Scudo will open in the main European countries between the end of this year and the beginning of next, while the Fiat Ulysse will be available by the first quarter of 2022.
We have already seen a preview of the new vans, with their Peugeot, Citroën, Opel, and Vauxhall counterparts.
Stellantis already plays a leading role in this context, proven by its undisputed European supremacy in commercial vehicles, and by its clear intention to become a world leader in electric commercial vehicles. By the same token, the Group is aiming at an all-encompassing electrification strategy, to provide its iconic brands with exciting, cutting-edge vehicles, leveraging both in-house expertise and partnerships/joint ventures to develop advanced technologies at affordable prices. Over the next three years, the journey to electrifying commercial vehicles will be rolled out to all its products and regions, including by offering vans powered with hydrogen fuel cells by the end of 2021.
By 2030, Stellantis low-emissions vehicles are expected to make up more than 70% of sales in Europe and more than 40% in the U.S., with an investment of more than €30 billion ($34.8 million USD) by 2025 in electrification and software development.