The new Fiat Professional Talento – the brand’s supremely versatile and dependable workmate – has been named Medium Van of the Year at the prestigious Great British Fleet Awards 2020.
The model took the title at a glitzy ceremony in London after an expert panel of Fleet World Group editors put it through its paces alongside a full field of competitors.
They chose New Talento as their winner after being impressed by its winning combination of cutting-edge technology, design appeal, lower emissions, improved driving dynamics and reduced SMR costs.
Van Fleet World Editor, Dan Gilkes, said: “Last year’s update to the Fiat Professional Talento was not simply a tweak of the engine management or the addition of improved exhaust aftertreatment, but a wholesale change beneath the bonnet. It now offers lower emissions, reduced fuel consumption and a cut in service and maintenance costs. There’s also increased equipment and a simplified line-up for customers. A cosmetic facelift completes what, under the skin, was a major driveline overhaul. A familiar appearance hides a major update, with an improved driving experience and lower emissions, along with the potential for improved productivity.”
Receiving the award, Richard Chamberlain, Director of Fiat Professional UK, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to see the new Talento recognised by the fleet industry for this hotly-contested award. It’s really pleasing that a panel of expert judges agree with our own assessment that the new Talento ticks all the boxes for anyone in the market for a medium-sized van.”
Updated for 2020, the new Fiat Professional Talento has been updated with a range of new features designed to make it even more practical, productive and user-friendly for tradespeople and businesses everywhere.
This includes the introduction of the new 2.0-litre EcoJet engine with Start & Stop technology, enhanced styling, and new infotainment options, including DAB radio with Bluetooth and a 7-inch Touch-Radio Nav, which is Apple CarPlay ready and Android Auto compatible.
Available with a full range of body types (low roof and high roof van, crew cab and platform cab), the Talento MY20 comes in a choice of two lengths, two heights and two different wheelbases. By combining these elements, the renewed model can be tailored to meet all needs for light transport, from 5.2 to 8.6 cubic meters and with a gross vehicle weight from 2.80 to 3.05 tons and a payload that can reach 1,258kg.
In addition to all this, by opening the “CargoPlus” partition situated under the passenger seats, professionals can carry objects measuring up to 3.75m in length (4.15m for the long wheelbase trim level). The extraordinary flexibility is also guaranteed by the loading height of just 552mm and the sliding door width of 1,030mm. The load volume of 5.2 cubic metres in the short wheelbase trim, 6 cubic metres in the long wheelbase trim and a generous 8.6 cubic metres in the long wheelbase and high roof trim means that the Talento MY20, even in the short wheelbase trim, can carry three Euro pallets.