The Daily Blue Power – IVECO’s new sustainable range for unlimited delivery in urban areas – was recently voted International Van of the Year 2018 by a panel of 25 senior commercial vehicle journalists from across Europe. In the range is the Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power, the first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicle with an 8-speed automatic gearbox in the LCV industry.
The prestigious award demonstrates IVECO’s commitment to technology and its focus on sustainable transport: as first manufacturer in the world of commercial transport to have recognised the potential of natural gas, IVECO has developed a full range of natural gas-powered vans, trucks and buses
The new IVECO Daily Blue Power range was crowned International Van of the Year 2018 at Solutrans 2017, the international trade show for the road transport industry held in Lyon, France.
IVECO’s new light segment van and chassis cab range fought off strong competition to take the win, just three years after Daily won the 2015 title. The prestigious award is recognition of the brand’s focus on using technology to improve sustainability, with judges agreeing the Daily Blue Power “puts together the main and viable solutions to reduce the environmental impact of LCVs in urban and suburban operations.”
Jarlath Sweeney, International Van of the Year Chairman, summed up the jury vote: “Congratulations to IVECO on the impressive development achievements with the Daily Blue Power. IVECO has always been on the forefront of sustainability in the LCV segment. The new Daily Blue Power range confirms this position.”
Receiving the award, Pierre Lahutte, IVECO Brand President, commented: “In the year of its 40th anniversary, the Daily has been elected as the “International Van of the Year” for the third time. Beyond the acclaimed and successful product, this award recognizes the tremendous efforts made by IVECO to decisively contribute to the battle for clean air in our cities and CO2 emission reductions. Daily Blue Power in its electric, natural gas and most advanced diesel versions, is the first and only vehicle to offer three choices that anticipate regulations increasingly impacting access to urban centres. This secures our customers’ investment and gives them the competitive advantage they need to develop their sustainable businesses.”
Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power
Launched internationally in October 2017, the Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power is the industry’s first compressed natural gas-powered LCV with the class-exclusive 8-speed automatic gearbox, which delivers absolute driving pleasure. This extremely quiet urban vehicle delivers the robustness, performance and reliability that Daily is best known for, together with greater comfort and a 2.5% fuel economy advantage versus a manual transmission, together with reduced emissions and best-in-class driveability.
Its 3-litre F1C engine generates 136 hp to deliver best-in-class torque of 350 Nm, producing 76% less particulate matter (PM) and 12% less NOx emissions than its Euro VI 3.0-litre diesel equivalent. In real urban driving conditions, CO2 emissions are normally 3% lower than diesel – but this rises to 5% thanks to the advanced Hi-Matic transmission. If biomethane is used, CO2 emissions are close to zero, with a 95% reduction.
Iveco a multi award winner
Earlier this year IVECO was named NGV Global Industry Champion 2017 by the International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV Global), in recognition of its commitment to the natural gas sector and for its efforts in developing the CNG and LNG markets.
IVECO was also the only truck manufacturer to be shortlisted for an award at the 6th annual European Gas Awards of Excellence 2017, which saw the brand named in the “Project of the Year” category for its vision for sustainable heavy duty transport that led to the development of the first natural gas powered truck for long-distance haulage.
IVECO also won two of the three “Sustainable Truck of the Year 2017” awards, with the Eurocargo CNG being victorious in the DISTRIBUTION category and the Daily Electric in the VAN category. For the second year running, the Daily has won the “Sustainable Truck of the Year 2018” title in the van category with the new Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power thanks to “its drive towards greater sustainability, with continued updates and improvements both on a small and large scale”.
IVECO BUS was also recently awarded for its sustainability: the Crossway LE Natural Power recently received the “Sustainable Bus Award” in the Intercity category.
Source: Iveco – an associate member of NGV Global