Fiat Veicoli Commerciali are
present at the Bologna Motor Show this week giving the
Brazilian-built Strada "Adventure" pick-up its European
debut, showing it on a compact stand next to the special
'Ducato for Ducati'.
The "Adventure" branded model range, which is developed and
sold in Brazil and other South American countries, comprises of cost-effective off-road
The Strada is one of four members of the Adventure
family of vehicles. The pick-up joins the DoblÚ,
Palio Weekend and the newest member of the range,
the Idea, in receiving the styling treatment that
seeks to imbue these models with an off-road
appearance as well as a practical application.
includes deeper, chunkier front and rear bumpers,
wheel arch and sill moulding plastic covers,
aluminium protection plates, a raised ride height
and bigger, rugged alloy wheels. Other identifying
features include quad mist lights in the front
bumper and a compass on the dashboard. In the case
of the Strada Adventure it includes roof bars, a
roof-mounted spare wheel, full-length sill step and
aluminium step plates on the sill and the rear
bumper. Fiat LCV are now looking to replicate the
South American market success of the Strada Adventure by
selling the model in Europe.
Meanwhile the second model on the Fiat
LCV stand in Bologna is the 'Ducato for Ducati', a version
specially built this summer for Ducati Corse. The new Ducato van's load area is uniform
and very spacious, the accessibility is great thanks to the
way in which the rear doors open, and the fact that the
bottom of the Van is not too high from the ground. These features are all complimented by the fact that its
driving aspects are that of normal car, thanks to its front
wheel drive that gives the van an excellent manoeuvrable
character, as well as the precise nature of the steering and
flexible acceleration of the engines.
The powerful, stylish looks of the Ducati
'bike' range are in perfect harmony with the strong and
aggressive front design of the new Ducato van. One can't of
course miss the thick white stripe running over the full
length of the red van which represents this famous Italian
motorcycle brand. This is complemented by the tradition
Ducati Corse triangular logo.
Inside, the interior has been
realised by outfitters Sortimo Italia, and its a great
ambiance for everyone who loves two wheeled machines.