Fiat lands double win at TVD Awards
Fiat's standing in the commercial vehicle sector has been given a significant boost following the inaugural Trade Van Driver (TVD) Awards.
The Italian firm secured not one but two gongs at the industry ceremony, with both the Doblo Cargo and Fiat Fiorino being recognised by the judging panel.
Fiat's Doblo Cargo - one of its most popular commercial vehicles - was crowned Most Versatile Trades Van 2012 at the awards ceremony, while the Fiorino helped Fiat Professional scoop the TVD Editor's Choice award.
According to the TVD judges, the vans show that Fiat has upped its game in the sector and can now boast an array of vans offering superb quality and a wide range.
"Fiat really upped the ante in the mid-range sector with the launch of the new Doblo Cargo in 2010," they said.
"Since then it has been winning prizes across the world and our award here recognises the superb build quality and the huge number of variants Fiat has made available to trade buyers."
Indeed, the Doblo van comes in a multitude of guises, with drivers able to pick from the Cargo, Cargo Maxi, Cargo SX, Cargo maxi SX, Combi, Combi Maxi, Platform Cab and Work Up versions of the model.
Sebastiano Fedrigo, director of Fiat Professional UK, welcomed the win, saying the fact that both drivers and journalists were involved in the judging makes the accolades all the more pleasing.
"We are delighted to receive these accolades for our class-leading vans from Trade Van Driver," he said.
"It is particularly pleasing that our models have not only been recognised by an expert panel of journalists, but also by a panel of readers who use light commercial vehicles as part of their businesses."
Other winners on the night include the Citroen Nemo, which helped the French carmaker land the Best City Van prize.
Posted by Craig Salter