Much-awaited new Iveco Daily Mini Coaches launched

19/09/2017

20 September, 2017

Much-awaited new Iveco Daily Mini Coaches launched

The many market-leading features of Iveco’s Daily van range are now available in the people mover market with the brand launching a highly anticipated mini coach range, comprising of two model variants standard with electric plug doors and rear air suspension.

The new mini coach models will be introduced on the latest Daily platform which features a clean-running Euro5 engine and a host of safety enhancements to add to the Daily’s already impressive array of active and passive safety features.

The entry-level ‘Shuttle’ is anything but basic, boasting class-leading comfort and style.  It is based on a longer 4100mm plus-wheelbase with rear suspension and provides the option for local-fitted seats for up to 19 occupants plus the driver. This vehicle provides a best-in-class passenger seating area allowing more legroom for the occupants.  This variant also features the generous H2 roof with luggage racks ensuring there’s plenty of overhead height for customers both when seated and also when entering or exiting the mini coach. GVM for the ‘Shuttle’ is 5.6 tonnes.

Although the ‘Shuttle’ is well appointed with a long list of comfort and convenience features, operators requiring an even higher end, premium finish can opt for the ‘Executive’. This 5.6 tonne GVM variant offers the same number of seats and wheelbase specifications as the ‘Shuttle’ but with a higher H3 roof (2010 mm standing height) for even greater headroom, larger luggage racks, extra feeling of space for passengers and premium trim.

Vehicles currently do not come fitted from the factory with the seats, so there are a plethora of local-fitted seating options.  If fewer seats and more luggage storage is chosen then the luggage area is easily-accessed via the 270°-opening rear ‘barn’ doors.

Powering the mini coach range is Iveco’s Euro 5, 3 litre twin turbo producing 250hp / 150kW @ between 3100-3500 rpm and hefty torque output of 347lb ft/ 470Nm @ between 1400-3000 rpm. At 205HP this engine provides the highest power available to Kiwi operators.  Also available as an option is a Euro 6, 4 cylinder turbodiesel engine with ‘Unijet’ common rail injection and four valves per cylinder.  The power plant produces 170 horsepower with maximum torque of 400 Nm.

Coupled to the engine is Iveco’s market-leading 8-speed full automatic transmission, delivering crisp and seamless power to provide 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 and pneumatic suspension

To deliver a comfortable ride, all models are equipped with front independent torsion bar and rear air suspension – the driver is also treated to a heated, air suspended seat.

Standard to the range is the touchscreen Iveconnect multimedia systems boasting radio, CD player, MP3 and DVD player, GPS and reversing camera.

Other standard features include rear air-conditioning including individual passenger air conditioning on selected models, which is delivered through air channels in the luggage racks.

Also standard is the convenience of an electric bus plug door. A wide range of optional extras are available to further customise the mini coaches to operator needs. 

Iveco NZ General Manager, Ian Walker, cites the Daily Mini Coaches’ mix of standard options as key selling points of the new vehicles.

“To be the first mini coach OEM to the market with a factory-fitted electric plug door, rear air suspension and market-leading internal length as standard is very exciting.  The market has been hungry for a higher-end mini coach option and Iveco is looking forward to providing just that at competitive market prices.”

“Many of these vehicles will operate in metropolitan and urban environments, so for the driver the 8-speed full automatic transmission makes for a much more relaxed driving environment leading to reduced fatigue,” Mr Walker said.

“Safety is another important consideration in a mini coach – the driver has the wellbeing of many people in his or her hands; the safety features in the new range are second to none especially with Iveco’s ESP 9 program being standard fitment and the introduction of new technologies such as the optional LDW system.”

David Didsbury, Daily National Sales Manager, said the Daily Mini Coach has been developed to suit a number of applications where its specifications will compare favourably to others in the market.

“Iveco New Zealand expects the new Daily Mini Coach to find its calling in work such as tourism, airport and hotel shuttle services and related,” he said.

Mr. Didsbury continued “we are pleased with our expanding Daily product range and investment into the business.  We are focused on growing the position of Daily in New Zealand and this mini coach is absolutely a feather in our cap.  Being able to provide kiwi operators and their customers an all-around best-in-class premium mini coach is long overdue in New Zealand.  The mini coach launch coupled with our appointment of Richard Field on the South Island is perfectly in line with our expansion plan.”

The new Daily Mini Coach range will be launched at the Bus & Coach Conference October 4th-6th   

‘ESP9’ partial program overview

EBD

Electronic Brake force Distribution: shares the brake force between front and rear axles

ESP

Electronic Stability Program: brakes each wheel and controls the engine by reducing the number of revolutions if the vehicle becomes unstable

ASR

Anti Slip Regulator: acts on the engine and the brakes preventing the driving wheel from skidding

DTC

Drag Torque Control: acts on engine speed to reduce the braking torque in release

RMI

Roll Movement Intervention: mitigate dangerous roll-over situations during highly dynamic driving

ROM

 

Roll Over Mitigation: extension of RMI by mitigation of rollover at quasi-stationary maneuvers.

 

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.

For further information about Iveco: www.iveco.com

For further information about Iveco New Zealand: www.iveco.co.nz

For further information about CNH Industrial: www.cnhindustrial.com

 

Media Enquiries:

Kristi Walker

Iveco Vans, Trucks and Buses

T: +64 9 277 2070

M: +64 204 227 722

Email: Kristi.walker@iveco.co.nz

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