January 23, 2019

Ducato celebrates its 35th birthday

Sold in more than 80 countries worldwide and with an incredible 10,000 variants, the Fiat Ducato is celebrating its 35th birthday this week.

The first Ducato rolled off the production line at Val di Sangro’s SEVEL (Società Europea Veicoli Leggeri) factory in October 1981.

Today, the sixth-generation Ducato is produced in three countries (Mexico, Brazil and Italy), with a better payload than ever (2,100kg).

Other milestones reached over the years include the introduction of Steyr-Puch all-wheel drive in 1989, the all-electric Ducato Elettra launched in the early 1990s and winning International Van of the Year in 1994.

Its third-generation variant became a game changer when, for the first time in the sector, the gear lever was incorporated into the central console, facilitating access to the cab from both doors and from the cab to the loading compartment.

In the early 2000s it led the way for alternative fuels in Europe with its petrol/methane engine, while the fifth-generation Ducato, launched in 2006, was the first front-wheel-drive van to offer a volume of 17 cubic metres.

The popularity of the Ducato shows no sign of stopping with more than five million sales since its launch.

Today’s Fiat Ducato starts at £21,445 (excluding VAT).