Sustainability champion: IVECO Daily Blue Power is International Van of the Year 2018

5 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineNovember 25, 2017

Daily Blue Power – IVECO‘s new sustainable range for unlimited delivery in urban areas – has been voted International Van of the Year 2018.

The award demonstrates IVECO‘s commitment to technology and its focus on sustainable transport. As the 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.

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 judges said the Daily Blue Power “puts together the main and viable solutions to reduce the environmental impact of LCVs in urban and suburban operations.”

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 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, 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 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.”

Chairman International Van of the Year jury, Jarlath Sweeney, presents the award to Pierre Lahutte, IVECO brand president.

Launched internationally in October 2017, the Daily Blue Power range is unique in the market for offering customers freedom of choice between three different technologies to match the specific requirements of their mission and business. The line-up includes the Daily Electric: a zero-emissions vehicle designed to operate in cities with the strictest traffic restrictions; the Daily Euro 6 RDE 2020 Ready: the most advanced diesel-powered LCV on the market; and the Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power, the industry‘s first compressed natural gas-powered LCV.

IVECO is still the only manufacturer to offer a full range of natural gas-powered models, with more than 22,000 IVECO gas-powered vehicles sold to-date. 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, 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. IVECO BUS was also recently awarded for its sustainability: the Crossway LE Natural Power recently received the Sustainable Bus Award in the Intercity category.