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by Tim Beissmann

Renault and Fiat have agreed to a partnership that will see the French manufacturer supply the Italian brand with a light-commercial vehicle within two years.

In a short statement, Renault confirmed the vehicle would be produced in France from the second quarter of 2016 based on one of its existing platforms.

The vehicle’s styling will be developed by Fiat and will feature “unique and distinctive elements” to differentiate the Fiat Professional-branded model from the Renault on which it’s based.

There is no word at this stage what size or type of vehicle Renault will supply to Fiat. Renault’s existing range includes the compact Kangoo, the mid-sized Trafic and the larger Master (pictured) vans – all three available in a range of lengths, heights and body styles.

Fiat Professional’s line-up features the small Doblo, medium-sized Scudo and full-size Ducato, as well as the city-sized Fiorino van and Strada ute.

Renault has been the top-selling manufacturer of light-commercial vehicles in Europe for the past 16 years.




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