The Ducato Fiat is a large van produced by Fiat in Italy and Brazil, and under license in Elabuga (Russia) by Russian automobile company Sollers JSC (formerly Severstal Auto). Since 1981, more than 2 million Fiat Ducato vehicles have been produced. We are now at the third generation Ducato, launched in late 2006 and available in many variants both for people and goods transport. There are three wheelbases, four overall lengths, three roof heights and seven different interior volume options available. The interior loading length was extended by 710mm to a maximum of 4,100mm and the width between the wheel arches is now 1.422mm, which Fiat claims is the markets best. The load bay has been designed to maximize the useful space available: uniform shape and a distance between wheel arches up to 1,422 mm. Where some panel vans noticeably taper off growing narrower towards the roofline, the space in the Ducato is very square, allowing the full load volume to be better utilized also thanks to Syncro System van racking. By mixing and matching the various body options, Ducato operators can achieve load volumes ranging from 8 to 17 m3 and maximum payloads from 1,115 to 1,850 kg. Power comes from one of three engines, all sophisticated Multijet common-rail diesels: there is a 100bhp 2.2-litre, a 120bhp 2.3-litre and a 157bhp 3.0-litre that generate 250, 320 and 400Nm maximum torque outputs respectively.

Van lining for Ducato Fiat

Vans are not provided usually with internal protection so the risk of damage to bodywork due to goods transport is quite high. Syncro System New Zealand offers a comprehensive range of van lining and internal protection, including side metal lining, rear door covering, wheel arch and bulkhead covers for Ducato.

Side Lining for Ducato Fiat in New ZealandSide Cladding for Van inside Ducato Fiat equipped by Van ExtrasLaminated Marine Plywood Floor Panel inside the Ducato Fiat

For the Fiat Ducato, as for all light commercial vehicles, installing interior linings is highly advised.

There are two main reasons:

1. To protect the cargo walls and floor of the Ducato cargo from denting, warping and dampness.

2. To provide a solid base for loading, unloading, tying down cargo and mounting racking units.

In the example seen in the photos above, we installed the Syncro resin-coated, non-slip marble-look plywood floor panel. Galvanized steel paneling was used to protect the walls and doors. Syncro System New Zealand allows the client to choose the materials and finishing that best suit his or her needs. For the Ducato, it is also possible to choose the chequered-plate aluminum floor panel, or wall paneling in aluminum or alveolar plastic. Also available are protective linings for the ceiling and wheel arch covers. All floor panels come with anti-slip steel borders, and for even further protection, rear bumper covers in steel or chequered-plate aluminum can be installed.

A conversion solution for Ducato

Van Extras Transforms Ducato Fiat into Mobile WorkshopVan Storage Solutions and Accessories for Van in Ducato FiatShelving Unit for Van Installed by Van ExtrasWorkbench with Vice for Vans inside the Ducato Fiat

The Ducato’s large size allows for a wide range of conversion solutions that can be decided according to needs of each individual client. In the photos, we see an example of a Ducato with racking units along three walls, including the addition of some handy accessories, like neon ceiling lights, paper towel roll holder, first aid kit, a metal canister bracket, and the Syncro track and strap blocking system.

On the left, the racking unit consists of an open wheel arch base frame (with base board), and a drawer unit with six drawers of different heights. Above that are two bin shelves with removable plastic containers. At the top is another shelf subdivided in many separate sections, thanks to the Syncro metal dividers. The racking unit on the right is a basic shelving unit with five open shelves. The racking unit along the bulkhead is more elaborate and composed of two components - on the left, a shelving unit with five shelves and on the right, a drawer unit with six drawers that create the base for a resin-coated wooden worktop complete with metal vise and perforated tool storage panel.

Fiat Ducato as a mobile workshop

Ducato Fiat with Vertical Cargo Blocking Bars equipped by Van Extras in New ZealandDucato Fiat with Van Furnitures from Van Extras Straps and Bars Cargo Blocking System for Van inside Ducato Fiat

A more basic conversion can be seen on this second example of a Fiat Ducato, racked out by Syncro System New Zealand. The racking equipment has been mounted only along the left-hand side. The right-hand side and the bulkhead have been fitted with metal tracks, including straps and clasps, for tying down heavy and/or bulky equipment and material. The left-hand side racking unit consists of two closed wheel arch frames with front door panels (one with additional forward-tilting base board). The racking equipment closest to the back doors has three large drawers complete with individual recessed buttons for easy opening and automatic locking, and two shelves. Next to this, we find a second racking unit with a shelf for removable clear plastic bins, and two more identical shelves. The extra-long storage shelf has been mounted along the top.

Loading ramps, roof racks and accessories for Ducato 

In New Zealand from Van Extras, Ladder Holders and Tube Carrier for Ducato FiatRoof Bars by Syncro System for Ducato Fiat

The roof of the Fiat Ducato is particularly adapted to transporting cargo, given its size and flat, square, surface. With the range of options offered by Syncro System New Zealand, it is possible to design and mount roof-top equipment that fits the working needs of each individual client. In the conversion on the left, the Syncro technicians installed a ladder rack with slide-out, and tube carrier. In the example to the right, we see a utility rack with side bars and front rolling bar for facilitating the front loading of cargo. If needed, Syncro NZ can also mount loading ramps for easy loading of heavy/bulky equipment and goods in the cargo space. To truly customize every rack out, keep in mind the extensive range of Syncro accessories for lighting, cleaning, ventilating, securing, trying down, and storing. We do it all!

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