New Fiat Talento Joins The Renault Traffic And Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro Family

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.

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  • The van Market is now officialy WTF :
    Fiat makes vans with Peugeot, Citroën, Toyota, RAM, Opel/Vauxhall, Nissan.

    A pro Ram in the US, is an Opel in EU. Chevy sells a Nissan in the US along side a Nissan, But the same Nissan goes against an Opel/Fiat… Who is sold as a RAM in the US.

    I know impossible to follow. So they all sell vans sold by an other company in an other country.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Don’t forget the RAMs that are actually Mercedes products though Mercedes sells the same van in the US as a Mercedes. I mean since when did Mercedes get into the commercial van business in the USA?

      • Socarboy

        That was before the Diamler-Chysler divorce a few years ago

    • Miknik

      And if you buy a FIat Pick Up in Europe, it’s actually a Mitsubishi L200….

  • FromTheBackSeat

    I wonder how long it will be before this shows up in North America as a replacement for the Chevy Express and GMC Savana vans…..

    • Socarboy

      You’re probably dead on with that assumption

    • mccarluvr123

      Or would it show up as a Ram? Or both?

  • mccarluvr123

    Fiat partners with GM and Renault to make these vans while it partners with Renault’s rival PSA on other vans. PSA not only partners with Fiat but also Toyota to make vans. In addition to Fiat and Renault, GM sells a Nissan van in the US, while Fiat, whom they partner with to make the vans in this article, sells its vans as Rams in the US to compete against GM’s Nissan! My head is spinning…

  • Tom

    And don’t forget that Renault build also a light commercial vehicle for Mercedes in Europe called Citan and based on the Renault Kango… which the first generation was also a Nissan Kubistar since replaced by the Nissan NV200 (also sold in the US as a Chevy City Express). Things have finally come full circle 🙂

  • MarketAndChurch

    The FIAT looks the best.

  • Markey

    I hate badge engineering, even on vans…
    BTW: the previous fiat offering in this segment was the Scudo, developed and built by PSA.
    With this, Fiat seem to have gone one size bigger. I wonder if this doesn’t step into Ducato territory…

    • KareKakk

      The next Ducato will be the Renault Master/Nissan NV400/Opel Movano with a new face, so then sizes will be in order again.

  • fabri99

    That is one silly name though.

  • roy

    the only two guys left is vw and toyota… why dont they do it.. then it cloud bring global peace with the help of a van