Truck and van manufacturers have launched a number of new machines with the construction industry in mind. The new vehicles combine engine power and lightweight bodies to provide maximum load capacities.
IVECO has introduced an all-new Daily van that is set to outpace its predecessor in both looks and drive.
At gross weights from 2.8-6.5 tonnes, the vehicle is available as a van and, from 3.5 tonnes upwards, it is available as chassis cabs and double cabs too.
There are three diesel engines powering the Daily, the same as those unveiled in the Renault Mascott (which also shares some cab structure with the Iveco range): a 2.8 litre Sofim engine available normally aspirated at 85 HP, turbocharged at 105 HP and in direct injection form at 125 HP.
There are five- and six-speed ZF gearboxes with drive to the rear axle. The Daily is available with single and double rear wheels, depending on weight.
Iveco has split the vans into three weight classes. The entry level L class, with load volumes of 7-9 cu m, will have single rear wheels and a maximum gross weight of 3.2 tonnes. It is only available with the 85 and 105 HP engines. The S class models are expected to be the most
With a gross weight of 3.5 tonnes, the vans can be bought in versions featuring all three engines.
These vehicles have single rear wheels, but offer two wheelbases and seven cargo volumes, from 7 cu m to 17.2 cu m.
Topping the range is the C class, with weights from 3.5-6.5 tonnes. These models all run on twin rear wheels and their maximum van volume is 17 cu m.
With a truck-like chassis, the C class vehicles are bound to be the favourite choice for conversion to tippers and dropside trucks.
The new cab offers drivers a 25 per cent improvement in visibility over the old Daily, while an 18 per cent reduction in drag helps to reduce noise and fuel consumption.
Iveco UK's light business unit manager, Sandy Mathieson, has big plans for the revised van, which at present takes around 8 per cent of the 3.5 tonne market.
He said: 'Within two years we should be up around a 12 per cent share. We won't compete on price with LDV, but we'll compete with Transit, Mercedes Sprinter, VW, Vauxhall and Renault.'
The launch raises the prospect of a clash with Ford's Transit, since 70 per cent of Daily sales in the UK are through Iveco Ford dealers who also sell the Transit van at 3.5 tonnes.
Iveco chief executive officer Giancarlo Boschetti said the firm is currently in alks with Ford about distribution of the vehicles.