Taking its second award of the year so far, the IVECO Daily 7-Tonne has once again stood its ground against much larger competition to be named Fleet News’ Rigid Truck of the Year (6-16 tonnes).
The annual Fleet News Awards this year took place at Ascot Racecourse and for the first time encompassed both Fleet News and its commercial vehicle-focussed parallel title, Commercial Fleet, to celebrate distinction across the hugely varied fleet sector.
The judges, made up of a panel of key industry market makers and the Fleet news editorial team, remarked that “This seven-tonne model comes in a variety of powertrains including diesel and CNG options, and body configurations, making it a clear winner. Flexible, manoeuvrable and with an impressive payload, it’s clear to see why the Daily 7-Tonne is a very popular vehicle with fleet operators.”
Commenting on the win, IVECO UKs Light Business-line Director, Mike Cutts said, “It’s fantastic to have Daily 7-Tonne recognised against some heavy-hitting competition. It clearly underlines the unique dexterity of the Daily range and how critical TCO has become to the buying process. We are very focussed on our customers’ missions and from panel van, through built-up chassis variations to the mud-plugging 4×4, there is a Daily to suit each and every one.”
Sitting at the top of the most comprehensive gross vehicle weight range on the market, Daily 7-Tonne can offer operators up to 4,900kgs (chassis cab) in payload on its extremely tough C-shaped ladder frame chassis. Stretching from 16m3 to a resonant, class-leading 19.6m3, panel van variants of Daily 7-Tonne present an ideal base for load carrying or conversions.
Alongside Crew Cab and stripped chassis cowls, Daily 7-Tonne chassis is available with wheelbases from 3450mm and reaching up to 5100mm suitable for bodies of almost 7m in length and over and 2.5m wide. All the while, Daily retains its comfortable, car-like driving experience and exceptionally tight turning circle.
Pulling power comes from a range of strong and efficient 3-litre F1C turbodiesels and another powered by Compressed Natural Gas. The former can be had in 160, 180 and 210hp and a maximum 470nm of torque while the latter produces 136hp and 350nm with up to 95% reduction in CO2 when filled with biomethane.
A 6-speed manual is available on the 160hp, 180hp and CNG engines while IVECOs renowned 8-speed HI-MATIC automatic gearbox can be specified on the 180 and 210hp diesels as well as the CNG. The gearbox can swap ratios in 200 milliseconds, ensuring the perfect blend of power and economy in every situation while reducing driver fatigue in busy urban traffic.
With over 40-years of experience, continually striving to redefine the boundaries of functionality and durability, Daily offers a complete transport solution in any mission. Supported by IVECOs truck culture, the same responsive Assistance Non-Stop 24/7 roadside support network is always on hand, backed by the same commercial workshops that care for the brands heavy trucks. Not only that, but Daily operators too can utilise an impressive collection of smart and connected IVECO On Repair & Maintenance packages to ensure that each vehicle maximises its TCO potential. Maximum uptime is reached through adaptable service intervals depending on vehicle use, with suggestive driving style improvements and a connection to IVECOs central control room to keep a watchful eye on running performance. Keeping vehicles out of workshops altogether is a new ability for the driver to initiate over-the-air updates from the comfort of the cab using the clear and reactive 7” Hi-Connect infotainment system.
For further information about the IVECO Daily range, or to find your local dealer, visit www.iveco-dealership.co.uk