IVECO Daily Blue Power range crowned International Van of the Year 2018

In Iveco4 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineApril 11, 2018

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.”

They highlighted the fact that with this range “IVECO has the sustainable vehicles the market is asking for” and that the range‘s “Electric, Natural Gas and SCR are all proven technologies developed by IVECO.”

The jury was particularly impressed by the technical innovation of IVECO‘s new range and for “presenting the new Real Driving Emission diesel engine now – three years ahead of the EU‘s RDE regulation which will be mandatory for vans – far ahead of any competitor” and by the absolute driving pleasure of the Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power.

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, said the award came in the year of Daily‘s 40th  anniversary.

“Beyond the acclaimed and successful product, this award recognises 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.”

Jarlath Sweeney, chairman International Van of the Year jury and Pierre Lahutte, IVECO brand president.

Launched internationally in October 2017, the Daily Blue Power range offers customers three different technologies to match the specific requirements of their mission and business. The line-up includes the Daily Electric zero-emissions vehicle, the Daily Euro 6 RDE 2020 Ready diesel, and the Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power, the industry‘s first compressed natural gas-powered LCV.

Earlier this year IVECO was named NGV Global Industry Champion 2017 by the International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles, 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.

IVECO also won two of the three Sustainable Truck of the Year 2017 awards, with the Eurocargo CNG taking out 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.

IVECO BUS was also recently awarded for its sustainability, with the Crossway LE Natural Power recently receiving the Sustainable Bus Award in the Intercity category.