The New Daily is the practical response by professionals within the sector aimed at other professionals; two professional spheres speaking the same language and sharing the same objectives.
There is all the Iveco know-how and experience in the field of commercial and industrial vehicles; matched to, the demands of a customer in search of reliability, versatility and productivity. This “meeting of minds” is what led to the creation of the new Iveco commercial vehicle.
Available in van, chassis cab and MPV versions, the New Daily positions itself as the most solid and reliable vehicle in its category. Credit must go to the firm chassis upon which the model is built, a chassis which professional customers particularly appreciate: the chassis frame support, the model’s adaptability to an incredibly broad range of applications and body designs, not to mention the high performance behind its powerful turbodiesel engines, which are both flexible and economical.
The New Daily embodies qualities and values inherent in its make-up, once more offering truck-like strength combined with dimensions which guarantee maximum versatility in urban settings, state-ofthe-art engine technology and innovative design.
This amazing ability to evolve whilst remaining true to itself is what lies behind almost thirty years of Daily success. Time is the harshest critic: neither is it possible to stay at the top for so long without having a winning formula or the know-how to continually update it.
Now comes the turn of the New Daily to earn the accolades.
A success story
Let’s take a brief look at the major stages in the history of the model, which from 1978 to the present day has always been the runaway leader in the field of light transport throughout Europe and worldwide.
Right from its launch in 1978, the Daily adopted a highly innovative base, which up until that point had only been witnessed in industrial trucks: independent front suspension, supporting base frame, front longitudinal engine and rear traction. Nevertheless, combined with these winning characteristics, the new vehicle added smooth handling and a new level of comfort in the commercial transport field.
Thus began the story of the Daily: both the first Iveco light truck and smallest European truck. It was an unprecedented success. In fact, over 450,000 vehicles were produced between 1978 and 1995.
Since its launch, the Daily has proven itself to be the ideal solution for all light transport applications.
The Daily’s other outstanding asset during the last few years has been technological and commercial vitality, owing to the constant attention which Iveco has placed on the vehicle’s development and culminating in the range’s continuous updates: in terms of type of bodywork, as well as engines and equipment.
1985 saw the debut of the Turbo Daily (with “small” direct injection turbodiesel engine fitted as standard) and, during the same period, the launch of the 4x4 military version and the first “electric” Daily.
1989 saw the grand entrance of the new Daily range, updated both in terms of style and technology, with more powerful engines and a new gearbox. The same year also saw the introduction of the powerful 116 hp turbo-intercooled engine.
Meanwhile, 1998 saw the launch of the methane gas-powered “Daily CNG” (Compressed Natural Gas), which will remain an Iveco exclusive for years to come, and is still one of the most environmentally-friendly commercial vehicles in the world.
In short, the Daily and Turbo Daily have been the standard bearers for Iveco quality, safety, innovation and reliability throughout the world during the 80s and 90s. This led in 1991 to the inauguration of the first Turbo Daily assembly line within Chinese factories in Nanjing. It represented the first fruits of a contract signed in 1986 between the Chinese giant and Iveco for licensed production of 3 to 5-tonne GVW light vehicles in China.
1996 saw the entry onto the European market of the “New Daily”, the second big restyling of the range. It built on the winning qualities of the previous model: exceptional load capacity provided by the robust chassis frame, optimum mobility thanks to rear traction, independent front suspension, modern and aerodynamic design, technically cutting-edge engines and mechanical components, added to an elegant and comfortable cabin.
Three years later in Jerez de la Frontiera (Spain), Iveco launched a new range of light vehicles designed for a truly diverse selection of applications. Once again, it bore the Daily name, but with the definition of a City Truck. Comfortable, agile and roomy, it was conceived for loading and unloading of goods and was designed for extensive use within urban centres. Moreover, it was powerful, safe and reliable like its predecessor, appreciated by customers for its intense and prolonged usefulness over time.
This was the right direction to take: in 2000 the new Iveco commercial vehicle was awarded the prestigious title of “International Van of the Year 2000”. It should not be forgotten that, for the first time in 1999, Iveco took on the light van sector (2.8 to 3.49-tonne GVW), once again increasing the versatility of its Daily offering.
In the following years, the Daily evolution has been unrelenting. This time, a new generation of engines lies at its heart: 2002 saw the debut of the .10 HPI and .12 HPI versions, whilst October 2004 witnessed the arrival of the Daily .14 HPI and the Daily .17 HPT, in addition to a special version, the Daily AGile with automated gearbox, featuring a choice of automatic or manual mode with sequential gearshift.
Also in 2004, Iveco introduced the ESP system (Electronic Stability Program).
The Daily image was modernised with each successive launch, using stylistic touches which continue to reaffirm the defining character of the vehicle’s design.
This policy of continual innovation has ensured high levels of public and critical acclaim: in 2005, the Daily was nominated “Fleet Van of the Year” by Motor Transport newspaper and “Van of the Year” by What Van? magazine.