The Italian Fiat Ducato has just taken the coveted Which  Motorcaravan Base  Vehicle winner’s accolade for the third year  running. Along with the  awards from the United Kingdom-based magazine, the success of the design is reflected in the marketplace – two  out of every three motorhomes in Europe are built on the Fiat Ducato  base and there are more than 400,000 Fiat Ducato motorhomes on the  road in Europe alone. The Trakka Trakkaway 830, shown at left, is one  of  the latest motorhomes to be based on the Fiat Ducato base  vehicle. The Fiat Ducato, according to the magazine, has also  transferred its success to Australia,  providing vehicles for the eight  Australian motorhome companies. The  Fiat Ducato base vehicle was  designed specifically for the motorhome  market and this  year’s award  presented by the United  Kingdom’s Which Motorcaravan magazine recognizes the added  benefits offered by Fiat’s six-speed automated manual MTA gearbox which it says provides the economy and performance of a manual and the ease of use of an automatic. The chassis versions come in a range of lengths and heights  with different axles and construction materials to suit a  range of designs. The entire drivetrain is contained to the front of the vehicle with the fuel tank ahead of the load area. This means equipment that has to be inside other conversions can be placed under the floor, freeing up living space, and that floor is lower, improving ease of access.