20 September, 2017
Iveco Daily crowned ‘International Minibus of the Year 2017’
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 Mini Coach locally to the country’s leading transport journalists, who were also impressed with the models’ performance.
Due for release here at the Bus & Coach Conference in Rotorua in two weeks, Kristi Walker, Product Manager Iveco New Zealand elaborates “we are pleased to be bringing the Daily Mini Coach to New Zealand. This vehicle will be leading the industry with high horsepower, the Hi-Matic 8 speed transmission, standard electric plug door, rear air suspension, luggage racks, leg room and more. We are working diligently between Auckland, Melbourne and Turin to expand and customize our product line-up specifically for New Zealand and I think the results are certainly showing. The launch of the award-winning Daily Mini Coach is the latest arrival into the country and we are very proud of the award won in Spain earlier in the year.” Kristi goes on to explain that the New Zealand Daily Mini Coach will be standard with a market-expected Euro 5 engine it will also be available with an optional Euro 6 engine.
The two model variants of the IVECO Daily Mini Coach will be on display at the Bus & Coach Conference, October 4th-6th in Rotorua.
Iveco New Zealand supplies commercial vehicles spanning the light, medium and heavy duty truck segments and, under the Iveco Bus brand, buses and coaches. The commercial vehicle range includes on and off-road models beginning with car licence vans, through to prime movers rated at up to 140 tonnes GCM. The Acco and Powerstar vehicles, developed and produced specifically for the Australian and New Zealand markets, complement Iveco’s worldwide best sellers such as the Daily, Eurocargo, Trakker and Stralis. Iveco vehicles are ably supported by a dedicated network of 21 dealerships and service outlets strategically located nationwide, offering aftersales services that include extended warranties, roadside assistance and programmed maintenance contracts
Iveco is a brand of CNH Industrial N.V., a World leader in Capital Goods listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CNHI) and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario of the Borsa Italiana (MI: CNHI). Iveco designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, off-road trucks, and vehicles for applications such as off-road missions.
Iveco employs close to 21,000 individuals globally. It manages production sites in seven countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America where it produces vehicles featuring the latest advanced technologies. 4,200 sales and service outlets in over 160 countries guarantee technical support wherever an Iveco vehicle is at work.
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