The IVECO Daily was awarded ‘Light Truck of the Year’ at the Fleetworld Great British Fleet Awards 2023, the annual event organised by the UK publishing company Fleet World Group which recognises those at the forefront of new developments, technology, sustainability and thinking in the fleet industry.
Judged by an expert panel of Fleet World Group editors, IVECO Daily was commended for its broad range of abilities and continual improvement with each new model year, the IVECO Daily is a staple of the commercial vehicle landscape.
“Frequent model refreshes have helped to ensure that the IVECO Daily continues to sell well in the light truck sector. The backbone of Daily is its proper truck chassis and the breadth of the model range, with fleet buyers offered a broad range of models from vans to conversions. It gets better to drive with each new generation with a choice of engines and transmissions. Specialist conversions for a range of customers help to give the Daily plenty of fleet appeal” read the citation.
The IVECO Daily 7-tonne model has become a true asset to operators thanks to its rugged truck-based chassis that affords an impressive 3.5-tonne towing capability and class-leading payload of up to 4.9 tonnes. Its cargo-carrying capacity has enabled operators to downsize from larger trucks, reaping the benefits of lower total cost of ownership and increased manoeuvrability in the process.
Mike Cutts, IVECO’s Light Business Line Director said: “We are delighted to receive this award that recognises the IVECO Daily’s mission-focused approach. Operators really value this vehicle’s durable DNA.”
A range of Euro VI-E diesel engines provide a good balance of power and efficiency while a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) option can reduce emissions by up to 95% when run on biomethane. The recently launched IVECO eDaily – the Daily’s electric twin – enables zero-emissions without compromising on vehicle capabilities.
The Daily was the first vehicle in its sector to offer a smooth eight-speed Hi-Matic automatic transmission, while a new six-speed manual gearbox reduces free play in gear selection by 50% versus previous models. Clutch durability has also been boosted by 18% and gearbox oil change intervals are now 350,000km.
The IVECO Daily is also equipped with the AIR-PRO pneumatic suspension, which continuously adapts to the condition of usage to deliver a uniquely smooth and safe ride for driver and load.
Another segment first delivered by the IVECO Daily was its Hi-Comfort memory foam seats. The foam moulds to the body, evenly distributing weight and reducing pressure peaks by up to 30%. This protects against fatigue and back pain, improving comfort and driver well-being.
The IVECO Daily cab is also full of impressive technology including Driver Pal with Amazon Alexa. This is a pioneering vocal and digital driver companion that enables drivers to interact with their vehicle and the driving community, and grants access to IVECO’s connected services through voice commands, hands-free via Amazon Alexa.