In São Paulo, another entrepreneur who also made a Fiat Ducato his working partner was the school bus driver Clodoaldo Silva Santos, 45 years old. "I bought my van in 2008, brand new, and have not parted with it since. I confess that I really enjoyed the design of the new generation of Ducatos, launched last year", he says, before saying:" but there is not one like mine!"
With 355,000 kilometers registered on the pedometer and many children transported in 11 years of service, he says that the passion for the model is also supported by Cartesian reasons. "My Ducato has only given me joy. It transports the children from the school where I work with ample space and comfort, has a very good ergonomic design that does not make me tired behind the wheel, and the fact that it's a partner that doesn't give me any problems. I've never had any unforeseen event; I just do the routine maintenance".
If one day I think about changing models, Clodoaldo guarantees that there will be no shortage of buyers for his Fiat Ducato. "My mechanic is the first one who offered to buy it. But I always say that I have no plans to sell it. It's my great companion".
The history of the Fiat Ducato in Europe began in October 1981, with its production in Val di Sangro, Italy. At the time, the model became the first of its segment to adopt a transverse engine, front-wheel drive and a front fuel tank. With ample rear space and a flat, low loading platform, the light commercial vehicle became a sales hit.
Its arrival in Brazil happened in 1998, imported on its second generation, equipped with a 2.5 engine of 85 hp and manual five speed gearbox. In 2000, the model came to be produced in Sete Lagoas (MG), with the options of a 2.8 engine aspirated and turbo engines. The first restyling in Brazil was done in 2006, in conjunction with a new electronic engine management to deliver more power.
In 2009, the great novelty of the Fiat Ducato was the adoption of the 2.3 Multijet engine with 127 hp. In 2016, the van was no longer produced in the country and since last year, in its most recent generation, began to be imported from Mexico with a 2.3-liter turbo diesel with 130 hp and six-speed gearbox. Currently, the Ducato is sold in 80 countries and has already had more than ten thousand options of configurations, proving its great versatility.
In the last edition of the São Paulo Motor Show in November, a Fiat Ducato transformed into an ice cream parlor was one of the attractions of the event (below), not only for having distributed ice cream, but for confirming the multi-options that consumers can have with the vehicle.