Fiat Fiorino: New Compact, Economy Van Concept Developed by Fiat, PSA Peugeot Citroën In Partnership with Tofas
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Turin, October 3, 2007 -- The new LCVs developed in common by Fiat and PSA Peugeot Citroën and built in partnership with Tofas, which will be soon launched, represent a totally new option for the light van market by virtue of their compactness, useful performance and styles.
Measuring 3.86 metres in length, the new vans are surprisingly roomy inside, with a load volume of 2.5 cubic metres. A stowable passenger seat enables capacity to be increased to 2.8 cubic metres for a loading space length of 2.5metres.
These highly functional vehicles feature optimal loading height and large side-hinged rear doors and sliding side doors that make the loading bay easily accessible.
The bright, modern, roomy cab combines practical, functional features with advanced ergonomics designed to ensure comfort and well-being for intensive professional use. Standard equipment includes power steering for driving comfort, as well as ABS and a driver airbag for enhanced safety. Many other options usually found in higher-priced segments are also available, including parking sensors, a separate cab locking system and additional storage space.
Proven gasoline and diesel engines, both fuel efficient and environmentally friendly (119g/km of CO2 in diesel-equipped versions), help to lower running costs.
Marketed as the Fiat Fiorino, the Citroën Nemo and the Peugeot Bipper the new vehicles will be gradually introduced as from the end of 2007.
Bringing the new lineup to market required a total investment of €380million, of which €190million for research and development. The vans are manufactured by Tofas at its plant in Bursa, Turkey, which has an installed capacity of 158,000 vehicles a year. Turkey’s leading automobile manufacturer, Tofas is equally owned by Fiat and Koç (37.8% Fiat Group Automobiles, 37.8% Koc, 24.3% others).,.
With these new panel vans, Fiat and PSA Peugeot Citroën have extended their long-standing cooperation while substantially expanding their light commercial vehicle portfolios. The launch comes just a few months after the partners revitalised their jointly developed line-ups of large vans (Fiat Ducato, Citroën Jumper/ Relay, Peugeot Boxer) and compact vans (Fiat Scudo, Citroën Jumpy/Dispatch, Peugeot Expert).
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