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Improved traction for Fiat's small van

Date: 03 August 2009

Fiat Professional's Fiorino small van is now offered with an electronic differential lock system aimed at users working in mud, snow or other low-grip conditions.

A £750 option on the van version or £780 on the passenger Combi alternative, the Traction + system applies brake force to the driven wheel with the lowest grip, transferring more power to the one with better traction.

Models specified with the option will also receive body and chassis enhancements including under-engine protection, a chrome-finished front bumper, 15-inch steel wheels, suspension raised by 30mm for greater ground clearance and all-weather tyres.

"Traction + will prove an extremely useful system for customers who need an extra element of grip from their Fiorino in conditions where a 4x4 vehicle would be too much and two-wheel drive is not enough," said Gerry Clarke, director of Fiat Professional.

Fuel consumption and maintenance figures are unaffected by the optional extra, which is offered on the 1.3-litre diesel version of the small van that shares its underpinnings with Citroen's Nemo and the Peugeot Bipper.