Iveco gears up for international New Daily launch
Iveco is preparing to launch the latest evolution of its proven light commercial vehicle range – already a popular choice with professional transport operators around the world.
The Iveco Daily owes its success to sales in excess of two million units, with the new generation set to be launched during September 2011. Since the latest evolution of Daily and ECODAILY was unveiled in 2009 over 100,000 units have been purchased in just two years.
From its initial launch in 1978, Daily has always been a true commercial vehicle and is renowned for its truck derived strength (being built truck-tough), with its sturdy chassis frame offering bodybuilders maximum flexibility. Customers appreciate the Daily’s proven ability to operate reliably, economically and with maximum respect for the environment – whether in the city centre or on the open road. The complete range also includes models designed and built specifically to tackle arduous off-road applications, ensuring Iveco’s light commercial vehicle range has remained a top choice for discerning fleets.
In its latest form, New Daily retains its core qualities of strength, reliability, efficiency and versatility, whilst adding new high efficiency engines which offer more power, combined with refinements both economically and ecologically.
Taking pride of place in the range will be FPT Industrial’s new 3.0 litre Euro 5 diesel engine, which will introduce a class leading power output of 205 hp and a massive 470 Nm of torque. Key to providing high power and torque with low emissions and fuel consumption is the adoption of twin turbochargers – one compact turbo to provide rapid throttle response from a very low engine speed and a larger unit to deliver the engine’s maximum performance.
For New Daily models falling into the heavy duty category and all natural gas versions, the EEV (Enhanced Environmentally friendly Vehicle) certification remains, ensuring these models meet the most stringent European exhaust emission standard available.
For lighter models, the FPT Industrial 2.3 litre engine benefits from an increase in engine torque to 320 Nm and a new Multijet II multi-event fuel injection system that optimises the combustion process, bringing noteworthy benefits in terms of lower engine noise, fuel consumption and tail-pipe emissions.
All diesel engines will continue to use an enhanced EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) system with improved control to ensure accurate recirculated gas distribution among the engine cylinders and a DPF (diesel particulate filter) as standard. The exhaust system architecture and the EGR logic have been optimised with particular attention to urban duty cycles.
Safety enhancements on New Daily include daytime running lights and a new fog light cornering feature to ensure that drivers can see and be seen in even the worst driving conditions possible.
Standard equipment will include the new ESP 9 safety system with active sensors and comprises ABS (anti-lock brakes), EBD (electronic brake force distribution), ASR (traction control), MSR (engine speed management to control engine over-run braking), ESP (stability control), HBA (hydraulic brake assist) to ensure emergency braking is as effective as possible, Hill Holder, LAC (load adaptive braking control), TSM (trailer sway mitigation), HRB (hydraulic rear wheel brake boost), HFC (hydraulic brake fade compensation), RMI (roll movement intervention) and ROM (roll over mitigation).
New Daily will retain full coverage from 3.5 to 7.0 tonnes gross vehicle weight. This allows for a competitive payload of up to 4.7 tonnes and, for van models, a loading volume of up to 17.2m3. It also retains its full range of engines, including natural gas and electric drive configurations.
On-board comfort improvements have been made to the vehicle including the addition of an adjustable steering column and an increased adjustment range for the driver and passenger seats.
The New Daily will be launched in the UK from November 1, 2011, at which time full details of the UK model line-up and specifications will be made available.