The brand came out on top in the 'Light Industrial Vehicle of the Year' and 'Ecological Industrial Vehicle of the Year' categories at the awards, which are organised by the publishing group Editec.
Gaetano de Astis, IVECO Managing Director for Spain and Portugal, collected the prizes, which were awarded by a panel comprising technical specialists and executives from the passenger and goods transportation sectors.
Following the relaunch of IVECO's Daily range in April 2016, and that of the New Stralis XP and natural gas-powered New Stralis NP two months later, these innovative vehicles have been crowned 'Light Industrial Vehicle of the Year' and 'Ecological Industrial Vehicle of the Year', respectively, at the Spanish National Transport Awards 2017.
The awards are presented annually by the publishing group Editec, whose publications include specialist magazines Transporte 3 and Viajeros. The winning vehicles were selected based on the judgement of a panel composed of 244 prominent business people and professionals in the passenger and goods transportation sectors, drawn from all of Spain's autonomous communities.
In the case of the IVECO Daily E6, the panel, which comprises 42 experts for this category, praised "its strong commitment to connectivity and reducing operating costs". Introduced internationally in April 2016, the Daily E6 is the most versatile vehicle in its category, and offers the widest range of options in the sector, with maximum load capacities from 3.3 to 7.2 tonnes, and maximum load volumes from 7.3 to 19.6 m3. This exceptional versatility, and the variety of options on offer (van, semi-windowed van, chassis cab, chassis cowl and crew cab) provide a wealth of possibilities for all kinds of operations. Moreover, in terms of cab connectivity, the exclusive IVECO DAILY BUSINESS UP app makes these vehicles truly professional working tools.
As for the winner of the 'Ecological Industrial Vehicle of the Year' award – the IVECO Stralis NP – the 27 members of the panel in this category said the truck "provides a genuine alternative for long-distance haulage". The truck's power train also received positive feedback, owing to it having "the most powerful gas engine on the market, and an automated 12-speed gearbox".
The New Stralis NP is the first natural gas truck designed specifically for long-haul operations. With a range of up to 1,500 km, it is the only heavy vehicle powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG), to offer power, comfort, transmission technology and range necessary to complete long-haul operations.
Gaetano De Astis, IVECO Managing Director for Spain and Portugal, collected the award for the Daily E6 from Marcos Basante, president of the Association of International Road Transport (ASTIC), and the award for the New Stralis NP from Isabel del Olmo, director of the Transport Department at the Spanish Institute for Diversification and Saving of Energy (IDAE), at a ceremony held on Wednesday 18 January.
According to De Astis, "these prizes are recognition of two models designed to satisfy all of our clients' needs".
He adds: "In the case of vehicles from the IVECO Daily range, which previously won this award in 2000, 2007 and 2012, the improvement has been continuous. The current Daily E6 boasts more efficient engine sizes and demonstrates a strong commitment to connectivity. Meanwhile, the Stralis NP is clear evidence of IVECO's investment in the development of alternative energies, specifically natural gas, which we believe is the only real option for long-haul road transportation."