In the demanding world of light commercial vehicles, where every penny counts, it helps to have friends – friends who share the burden and provide the economies of scale necessary to drive down prices.
Three different automotive groups, General Motors, Fiat and the Renault-Nissan Alliance, came together to create a van for the popular light commercial van segment, with the Italians now presenting their own version of the existing Renault Traffic, Opel and Vauxhall Vivaro, and the upcoming Nissan NV300.
It’s called the Fiat Talento, as a reference to the Italian name of an ancient coin, which the automaker says “evokes value and dependability, while also suggesting its broad range of abilities”.
To be assembled alongside the other members of the extended van family at Renault’s upgraded Sandouville plant, in Northwest France, the Talento gets a different grille, front bumper design, and wheels, but that’s about it, so choosing which one is for you, mostly comes down to badge and dealer preferences.
Positioned between the Doblò Cargo and Ducato in Fiat’s commercial range, the Talento will be available with single and twin-turbo and diesel engines paired to six-speed manual gearboxes with power outputs of up to 145 horses.
Sales will begin in the second half of the year.