Today more than 500,000 families travel with a motorhome on a Fiat Ducato base, enjoying their holidays in complete confidence and peace of mind. This is thanks to unique experience and constant communication between Fiat – with its engineers, designers and assistance specialists throughout Europe – and motorhome manufacturers, dealerships, journalists and customers.
In 2006 Fiat launched the first – and to date only – motorhome base designed in partnership with all leading European manufacturers in the sector. The resulting slogan: “Fiat Ducato Born to be a motorhome”. Moreover, the technical base of the Ducato is regularly optimised and made fit for purpose according to the indications from motorhome manufacturers, in order to respond to the evolution of the customer’s expectations, as well as presenting exclusive characteristics that adapt perfectly to motorhome conversions.
With a strong footing thanks to its great modularity, the specific “motorhome base” range is the widest and most complete in the segment with no fewer than 5 wheelbases, 6 different chassis lengths and 4 engines. In total, by combining bodies, capacities and engines, a record number of 600 specific motorhome versions can be achieved. The final result confirms the unrivalled position of the model: to date, more than three motorhomes out of four sold in Europe are created on a Ducato base.
The New Ducato results from the perfect marriage of chassis and living unit to offer the highest level of quality in the sector, from all perspectives: cab roof open and fitted with structural reinforcements, pivoting front seats that become part of the living room, a specific reduced-weight chassis for motorhomes, high stiffness and optimal connection to the living unit and tanks, widened rear track to have more space inside and greater stability, as well as the new rear suspension in composite material and new front springs for “maximum loads”. What’s more the practicality of a pre-prepared electrical connection optimises the integration of the wiring between vehicle and outfit.
The design of the New Ducato satisfies the specific requirements of motorhome customers: many customisation options, horizontal lines for optimal integration with the style of the living unit, ease of driving and manouvering thanks to limited length in the front section – the best in the category – which also permits greater dimensions for the living unit.
The specific motorhome range extends further also thanks to the new content on the model. Some of this is particularly useful for the role of the New Ducato “motorhome base”. For example, among the technology there’s:
· rear suspension in composite material to reduce the tare weight;
· total payload up to 4.4 tonnes on the Ducato ‘motorhome base’ Maxi versions;
· the 16″ wheels now available on the standard Ducato range, also in alloy with new design;
· reinforced front suspension for motorhome versions with high gross weight;
· the introduction in the factory (SEVEL) of another interface variant for the installation of Alko AMC chassis to further reduce the weight;
· the availability of ESC and TPMS on all AlKo AMC chassis versions.
Another focus of the New Ducato ‘motorhome base’ was increased comfort at the wheel and on board. The model’s traditional strengths – ‘automotive’ style driving, high visibility, comfortable driving position, etc. – are built on by the vehicle’s addition of improvements to suspension, brakes and Comfort-Matic gearbox and new content is introduced such as ‘captain chairs’ developed with specialists in the motorhome sector. Whatever the market segment – from Vans to top-of-the-range “A classes” – or usage location, the Fiat Ducato ‘motorhome base’ range always offers the best and most comfortable solution.
The freedom to set out, the possibility of more direct and closer contact with nature, the luxury of deciding when and where to stop in order to savour a break: these are all ingredients in the growing success of camper style. The New Ducato adds to these benefits not only the reliability of an unrivalled motorhome base, but the unique value of service, assistance and belonging to a historic brand.
Fiat Professional is offering itself to leisure time lovers as a true “travel companion” that takes care of every aspect of the motorhome holiday, providing information, services and state-of-the-art solutions: from the ‘Fiat Ducato Camper Mobile’ application to the www.fiatcamper.com site, and from the exclusive freephone number to a service network distributed throughout Europe.
In detail, the customer service dedicated to motorhomes is active throughout Europe, with operators speaking 15 different languages, and offers a range of services ranging from simple information to complete roadside assistance available in 51 countries, 24/7. There’s also the www.fiatcamper.com site – totalling more than 35,000 visitors a month – and the ‘Fiat Ducato Camper Mobile’ application for smartphones (Android and IOS) available for free in various languages and countries. What’s more, Ducato-based motorhome owners can count on more than 6,500 Fiat Professional service centres, all perfectly equipped for the maintenance and repair of Fiat Ducato chassis. Among these, more than 1,800 workshops have additional specific structures for motorhomes.
All of these services are managed with specific processes for motorhome customers which result from Fiat’s unique experience, thanks to more than 500,000 customers travelling on a Ducato base from Morocco to the Artic Circle. So, with the New Ducato as well, you can “Travel with complete confidence”, a slogan that neatly sums up a holiday on board a camper outfitted on a Ducato base.