The Iveco Daily has been awarded the inaugural ‘International Minibus of the Year 2017’ by the Bus, Coach and Minibus of the Year international jury, comprising of senior journalists representing 18 major road transport magazines from Europe.
The ‘International Minibus of the Year’ was created to recognise minibuses and midibuses designed for professional passenger transport, and it’s the latest in a long series of awards won by the Daily across the world.
The award was announced at the opening of the FIAA 2017 International Bus and Coach Trade Fair held in Madrid, Spain with the jury judging the Daily to have performed very well during testing which also involved six other competitors. The vehicles were evaluated in real road conditions with uphill and downhill sections, motorways, narrow roads and a variety of other environments.
Tom Terjesen, President of the Bus & Coach of the Year jury, summed up the jury vote: “Iveco Daily combined high quality bodywork, together with a premium comfort for the passenger,” he said.
“The driveline with a strong Euro6 diesel engine and the best gearbox ever made in this class, makes the trip an experience to remember. The high capacity of luggage and a great idea with a flap inside the luggage compartment give even more space if needed.
“The fact that this is a complete factory built minibus makes the maintenance and service more efficient where ever you are on the road in Europe”.
Iveco Australia recently previewed the Daily minibus locally to the country’s leading transport journalists, who were also impressed with the models’ performance.
Due for release here later in the year, the local range will comprise three model variants with two seating capacities, 11 plus driver and 16 plus driver and two trim levels.
All models are powered by Iveco’s Euro6, F1C, 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine with ‘Unijet’ common rail injection and four valves per cylinder. The power plant produces 170 horsepower (125kW) and features a flat torque curve with maximum torque of 400 Nm from a low 1,350 – 3,000 rpm. The engine meets the stringent Euro6 emissions measure with a combination of DOC and DPF control and boasts impressive fuel efficiency leading to lower operating costs.
A slightly more powerful E6 engine is being slated for introduction into the range later in the year.
Coupled to the engine is Iveco’s market-leading 8-speed full automatic transmission, delivering crisp and seamless power deliver and providing the driver with the important benefit of reduced fatigue, especially if operating in congested traffic conditions. All models also feature cruise control.
On the safety front, all models are equipped with front and rear disc brakes with ABS and Electronic Stability Program. Iveco’s ‘ESP9’ safety package is also standard and includes a myriad of other safety features such as Electronic Brake force Distribution, Anti-slip Regulator, Drag Torque Control, Hill Hold Control, Adaptive Load Control, Trailer Sway Mitigation, Hydraulic rear Wheel Boost, Hydraulic Fading Compensation, Roll Movement Intervention and Roll Over Mitigation (see full description in table further below).
Further adding to the safety equation is a driver’s airbag, Daytime Running Lights, a steering wheel with integrated controls, pneumatic suspension and a Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system.
Iveco Bus National Manager – ANZ, Steve Heanes, said interest in the Daily Minibus range was already strong but anticipated that the Daily’s ‘International Minibus of the Year 2017’ win, would further build awareness and anticipation.
“The introduction of the Daily minibus range into the Australian market is already highly anticipated considering what the models provide: a powerful yet efficient Euro6 engine, a market-leading 8-speed full automatic transmission, a full suite of safety features, smart styling and high levels of driver and occupant comfort,” he said.
“Having the models independently endorsed by professional vehicle evaluators in Europe, will further strengthen the Daily minibuses’ attraction.”