Fiat Professional's Doblo Cargo has been named as the Best Light Van in the VansA2Z Van of the Year Awards for 2013.
Sebastiano Fedrigo, director at Fiat Professional UK, was presented with the award at an industry lunch held at Lords Cricket Ground in London.
He expressed delight at the accolade and said it offers "further proof" of the excellent all-round quality of the vehicle.
The Doblo Cargo has enjoyed huge success ever since its launch and "is widely recognised as a class-leader in its category", he added.
Neil McIntee, editor of VansA2Z.com, said the vehicle is one of the most impressive in its category to have been released within the past few years.
He cited the van's "unique and intelligently designed rear suspension system" as key to its appeal as it enhances handling, while he also reserved praise for the vehicle's lightweight and compact design.
The bi-link rear suspension to which Mr McIntee refers is the first of its type in a light commercial vehicle, providing loading benefits as well as a smoother ride.
Thanks to that innovative suspension commercial users are able to use the Doblo Cargo for rear axle loads of up to 1,450kg.
The carrying capacity figures are pretty formidable in both weight and size terms, with the vehicle boasting a payload of up to one ton and a maximum of 5.0m3 volume.
"What really impresses is the breadth of model choice available. Drivers are going to be happy too. It rides and handles well with the rear suspension coping admirably, both laden and unladen. A great piece of functional design from the Italian manufacturer," he added.
The Doblo Cargo comes in a choice of five engines, which all boast low emissions, including a 1.4-litre 16v 95bhp petrol unit.
A choice of four MultiJet 16v diesels completes the range: a 1.3 (90bhp), 1.6 (105bhp), 1.6 Comfort-Matic (90bhp) and a 2.0 (135bhp).
There are also a number of different forms designed to meet the varying needs of different commercial operations, providing the impressive variety that so impressed the VansA2Z.com editor.
Those different forms are the Cargo, Cargo Maxi, Cargo SX, Cargo Tecnico, Cargo Maxi SX, Cargo Maxi Tecnico, Combi, Combi Maxi, Platform Cab, Work Up, and the XL.
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