Fiat have revealed their new compact commercial vehicle based off a newly-developed shared platform from a venture with Peugeot-Citroen PSA. The new Fiorino is a van to be marketed in over 80 countries worldwide and sold in passenger and cargo guise.

Fiat have revealed their new compact commercial vehicle based off a newly-developed shared platform from a venture with Peugeot-Citroen PSA, who together with Fiat have already produced both a compact and large van trio from the alliance. The new Fiorino is a van to be marketed in over 80 countries worldwide and sold in passenger and cargo guise with market launch due next year.

'Sturdily' designed from the protruding front to the squared lines of the rear, the Fiorino and its French counterparts, the Peugeot Bipper and Citroen Nemo, are distinctively styled and ideal for craftsmen, couriers, maintenance workers and service companies. Its compact dimensions allow for city centre maneuverability while facilitating easy loading via a low door sill (527mm), sliding side doors and a large rear opening. The Fiorino boasts a load capacity of up to 610 kg and 2.5 cubic metres of stowage (with passenger seat folded down).

Designed for long driving hours, the cab features a climate control system which maintains temperature and humidity as well as allowing rapid de-misting through eight high-powered air vents. In-car entertainment comes via a modern audio system featuring car radio with CD or MP3 player, four speaker stereo and a Bluetooth hands-free kit.

Low running costs are among the new Fiorino's advances. Fuel consumption, servicing and repair costs are reduced, with two Euro IV compliant engines on offer for increased efficiency. A 1.4-litre petrol producing 73 hp and a 1.3-litre Multijet turbodiesel with 75 hp are available - the Multijet's fuel consumption being 4.5l/100km on the combined cycle. CO2 emissions are rated at 119g/km.

Security features include ABS, EBD and driver's airbag while two interior trim levels are available. A special version will launch in 2008 specifically designed for rural use, adding raised suspension, 15" tyres and new bodywork protection. Read on for further details.

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