Fiat Professional has collected the UK Motor Transport Fleet Van of the Year award with its large Ducato offering.

The Motor Transport panel of expert judges also saluted the Ducato’s excellent chassis which is becoming widely recognised for its excellent payload, flexibility and durability.

The Motor Transport Awards are judged by a broad panel of more than 50 industry experts chaired by members of the Motor Transport team to ensure thorough assessment and fairness to all entries.

The judging panel described the Ducato as one of the most flexible models.

“Servicing intervals are now at 30,000 miles [48,000km in Aus] and the Ducato has been improved with a new clutch system, upgraded brakes, stronger door hinges and body panel reinforcement,” the judging panel said.

“These changes have been made to help prolong the life of the vehicles, and helped secure it some impressive new customers.”

Fiat Professional UK brand country manager Richard Chamberlain said the award is validation of the Ducato’s credentials.

“I am absolutely delighted that the Ducato has won this important award against some strong competition. We are confident that the Ducato is an excellent van choice for large and small fleets, so to have that confirmed by a panel of esteemed judges makes the award all the more important for us,” Chamberlain said.

“This is also recognised by many ambulance authorities, saving lives across the UK, who run Fiat Ducato as their core front line choice of vehicle,” he added.