"International Van of the Year 2011" award goes to Doblo Cargo
The Doblo Cargo was awarded a total of 128 points out of a possible 168 – by a jury made up of 24 specialist commercial vehicle trade journalists representing the same number of countries.
The prestigious trophy was awarded during a gala evening to mark the 63rd edition of the Hanover International Motor Show.
Announcing the 2011 result, chairman of the International Van of the Year jury, Pieter Wieman, said: 'The winning van design had impressed the jury on a number of fronts and above all by the fact that Fiat has succeeded in widening the number of platform and body varieties to a higher number than any other van in this category. The Doblo range includes not only a long wheelbase version with high roof but also a chassis-cab version with flatbed and an OEM truck version.
'The jury was particularly impressed with the wide range of engines which also includes a turbocharged CNG engine and an electric version. Furthermore the jury was impressed with the driving qualities and the high level of comfort that the different versions of the Doblo offer.'
Lorenzo Sistino, Fiat Professional CEO, commented: 'New Doblo Cargo has been an innovative vehicle right from its concept. With Doblò we offer our Customers the widest choice, the lowest emissions and the most advanced technology in this category. The award is a testimony to our product innovation capacity. The fact that the Doblo has won demonstrates its level of innovation, but also the extent of the changes in order to respond to new Customer needs.'