Thank you very much for all your helpful replies. I think what amazed me the most was that I emailed this question last week to 4 Fiat MH dealers..one dealer replied to say that it would act just like the auto transmission on the new Mercedes Sprinter, 2 dealers didn't bother replying and only 1 dealer..Rex Kneebone of Murvi came back to me with the correct reply which was corroborated when I finally managed to get a response from a Fiat commercial dealer. Anybody interested in all the new features of the new Ducato and its various options can download up to date PDF files from this link and clicking 'brochure' then choose 'motorhome' http://www.fiatprofessional.co.uk/cg...CV_UK/home.jsp
Although the newComfort-Matic transmission is mentioned in the brochure and how it incorporates the new 'Heavy Load' and 'UP' systems it does not mention anything about how the transmission works with hill starts.
However, in the separate 'Ducato' brochure under 'Options' there is the following comment: "Preventative safety is also class beating, with dual-circuit braking, discs all round, ABS and EBD. You can also
choose optional ESP, which keeps the Ducato securely on course in critical situations, such as when you have to manoeuvre suddenly to avoid trouble. The system includes Hill-holder, HBA and LAC, a system that
continually adjusts and optimises the ABS, ASR and ESP functions."
So it seems that however sophisticated Fiat's new robotised automatic transmission is, it in no way compares with the full torque convertor automatic transmission on the Mercedes Sprinter.
Unfortunately choosing the Merc chassis option for my new Morello will cost me £14K extra with all the upgrades I need...over the Ducato price. As much as I love the relaxing experience of driving my Mercedes car with full auto I'm just not prepared to pay this exhorbitant extra cost on my new MH.... so the Fiat Comfort-Matic with Hill Holder its is.