The next generation Fiat Doblo has been spied testing
25 September 2008

It’s not the most exciting of vehicles, but our spy photographers have snapped the next-generation Fiat Doblo being put through its paces ahead of its launch next year.

As with the current model, both commercial and passenger versions will be available.

The new Doblo will be the bigger sister to the recently unveiled Fiorino Qubo and will compete against the Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and Renault Kangoo.

The engine range will be familiar from other Fiat offerings, with most versions likely to ship with MultiJet diesels.

The current Doblo was introduced in 2001 and, although it has sold steadily rather than spectacularly in Europe, it’s turned into something of a ‘world car’ in other developing automotive markets through localised production. Fiat currently builds it in Brazil, Turkey (with Tofas), Russia (with Severstal-Auto) and Vietnam (with Mekong).

A version of the Doblo is even sold in North Korea as the Pyeonghwa Ppeokkugi.



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25 September 2008

I have a soft spot for this vehicle despite it being ugly, as I currently run two (one car, one van) of them. It's one of these vehicles that people don't realise how good it is until they drive one.

In fact I jumped in to the van this morning and marvelled at the way it still felt as good at 105,000 miles as it did new.

Uncomplicated, unpretentious and surprisingly fun. If the new one sticks to the same formula and improved the looks then it deserves to be a success.



It's all about the twisties........

25 September 2008

Completely agree. I had to have a go of one last time I was back and I loved it. I have a soft spot for all the cars in this segment, and all have more character than most of the cars on the road. They make no mistake at what they are supposed to be and are not trying to be anthing else other than simple motoring.

I love it, and believe that the new car deserves to be a success. If only they can import it...

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