As distributors of natural food products, Ian Ward and his wife Linda of ‘Earthly Indulgence’ spend long hours on the road each day delivering a range of goods to supermarkets, cafes, health food shops, chemists and fitness and well-being centres.
Such is the workload that the couple have equipped their 12m³ IVECO Daily 50C van as a mobile office, this allows Linda to keep up with the paperwork from the passenger seat while Ian does the driving.
“The Daily is fitted with an inverter and powers a computer and printer, Wi-Fi system and bankcard machine,” Ian said.
“We deliver from the Mornington Peninsula outside of Melbourne to just about all areas of Victoria, so this set-up allows us to stay on top of all the business’ administration. We can spend 8-10 hours of the day out with the van, so it’s important that we’re efficient.”
The van features IVECO’s 3.0 litre turbo-diesel engine which produces 170hp of power and 430Nm of torque and is matched to the market-leading Hi-Matic 8-speed full automatic transmission. It’s an outstanding combination according to Ian.
“The engine is powerful and the 8-speed automatic is fantastic,” he said.
“When the speed limit allows, we can very comfortably hold 110 kilometres per hour, uphill and with close to two tonnes of payload in the back. It doesn’t feel like you’re driving a big van.
“The van does it so easily that you wouldn’t think it was even loaded.”