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Iveco celebrates the 40th anniversary of its Daily range, which was first launched in 1978. The Daily range, now in its third generation, has introduced ground-breaking innovations that changed the industry: from the adoption of a truck-derived chassis with rear traction and independent front suspension, to the introduction of Common Rail technology in 1999 – a world first – or the advanced Electronic Stability Program (ESP) for regulating vehicle handling during steering and braking.
Over the years since its launch, the Daily had constantly evolved to meet the changing needs of customers, always remaining true to its DNA. It led the way with its efficient and environmentally friendly technologies as these demands became increasingly critical to the transport sector. To-date, it is seen as being ahead of the industry in sustainability with the unique concept of the Daily Blue Power: a vehicle family that frees transport operators from the constraints of the strictest environmental regulations and was awarded the title of ‘International Van of the Year 2018’. The Iveco Daily has seen widespread success, selling more than 3 million vans in 110 countries.
“This year we are celebrating an important milestone in the life of the Daily – a family of vehicles that has been ahead of the industry right from its beginning, and 40 years on is spearheading the industry’s transition to sustainable transport. Throughout its long history, it enjoyed enormous success with transport operators and industry experts alike, reaping numerous awards across the world. It is a vehicle family that always looked to the future and has known how to anticipate our customers’ needs while remaining true to its core values of versatility, reliability and efficiency – always the perfect partner for our customers’ business and environmental sustainability, ” said Iveco Brand President Pierre Lahutte.
Today the Daily is a vehicle seen at the forefront of the industry, with a success built on its historical strengths that make up its DNA – starting from its unique chassis frame, which gives it the robustness and versatility it is known for. The load-bearing structure with ‘C’ shaped, special steel cross-members is described as the best platform for bodybuilders to adapt for the most diverse missions – including special vehicles such as motor homes, couriers, waste collection, tippers, cranes, public services, tow trucks, ambulances. It also gained recognition for its unique features such as rear wheel drive and the 4x4 version.
It offers the widest line-up in the industry ranging from 3.3 right up to 7.2 tonnes of gross vehicle weight, and from 7.3m3 to 19.6m3 cargo volume. Its advanced features use technology to push the boundaries of performance, raise comfort to a new level, deliver more connectivity and lower its Total Cost of Ownership, reflecting its ‘Business Instinct’ and making it the perfect business partner.
With the Blue Power Family, it leads the way in sustainability, anticipating the future with the most advanced diesel and alternative traction technologies: the Daily Euro 6 RDE 2020 Ready, the first LCV ready for 2020 Real Driving Emissions regulations; the Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power, the first CNG vehicle with an 8-speed automatic gearbox in the LCV industry; and the zero-emission Daily Electric. This family is said to offer the perfect solution for unlimited delivery in urban and suburban missions, opening round-the-clock access to city centres with the strictest noise and emissions abatement regulations.
Setting new standards
Iveco says the Daily range of vans is always the one setting the new standards. For example, the TurboDaily was the first light commercial vehicle to introduce turbodiesel technology in 1985, the EcoDaily was the first light commercial vehicle that featured a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) engine in 1998 and the sustainable Daily Blue Power family enters the market with the unique offer of three technologies – electric, natural gas and the most advanced diesel technology in the market that meets 2020 Real Driving Emissions regulations, three years ahead of time.
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