While we’re all looking at the latest luxury SUV or mass-market sedan, the world of light commercial vehicles is one of the most demanding segments of the automotive world.
And because there every penny counts – both for the automaker and the end user, which most likely uses it to make a living – it helps when you have friends, sorry, in the automotive industry they’re called partnerships. So the economies of scales are as big as the partnership is and here the Renault, Opel and Fiat brands excel in this particular department. As such Fiat Professional is launching the Talento, a model based on the same platform that underpins the already existing Renault Traffic and Opel / Vauxhall Vivaro. The last family member will be the new iteration of the Nissan NV300.
With a design that recalls well the new styling cues of Fiat Professional’s range, the model is being equipped with powertrains that are called “reliable, powerful and cost-effective” – there are turbo and twin turbo diesel engines with up to 145 hp. The model will be produced next to the other family members of the extended van roster at Renault’s recently enhanced Sandouville factory in Northwest France. The Talento doesn’t stretch too far the boundaries of styling compared to the others, as the main body remains and you get a new badge as well as a modified grille, different front bumper styling and new wheels – so in the end the preference for such a commercial van will depend most likely on the pricing and dealer availability.