Stellantis announces the enlargement of its product range in the light/midsize commercial vehicles with the new Fiat Professional Scudo. The new vehicle will come in three configurations – Van, Combi and Cab with platform – with orders to be open in the main countries between the end of this year and the beginning of next, as stated by the global group. At the same time, Stellantis will upgrade the multi-purpose Ulysses: the two vehicles will be provided both in the ICE and BEV versions, with the latter supposed to «give a boost to the ranges of the Turin-based brands, serving as a zero-emissions solution aimed at large families, the recreational vehicles market, chauffeured transportation, professionals, and outfitters».
The New Fiat Professional Scudo to be produced in Hordain, France
Both vehicles will be produced at the historic Stellantis plant in Hordain, near Valenciennes in northern France. Opened in 1992 as a result of the historic 1978 joint venture between the then Fiat and PSA Groups, the industrial complex will be the ‘cradle’ of the two new Fiat and Fiat Professional models, ready to meet the challenges of the new, increasingly sustainable and environment-friendly urban mobility.
Both vehicles are also based on the EMP2 platform, the modular nature of which makes it possible to meet specific needs in various markets, by adapting to very different models and segments. The same platform is also used for the Peugeot Expert and Traveller models, for the Citroën Jumpy and SpaceTourer, and for the Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro and Zafira Life.
Towards zero-emissions mobility
The new Fiat and Fiat Professional generation is a response to the ongoing transition to zero-emissions mobility. Specifically, with the rising use of light commercial vehicles in urban areas – partly due to the increase in demand for online delivery services, these vehicles will make a significant contribution to reducing emissions in cities. Let’s recall that by 2030, as stated during a press conference earlier this year, Stellantis low-emissions vehicles are expected to make up more than 70% of sales in Europe and more than 40% in the U.S., with investment of more than 30 billion euro by 2025 in electrification and software development.