TNT Express is putting Iveco’s new Daily light commercial vehicle to the test on its pick-up and delivery operations, with the arrival of 10 Daily 50C15 chassis cabs into its national fleet.
The Ivecos, supplied by Guest Trucks, form part of a larger trial by TNT Express to assess the suitability of lighter alternatives to regular 7.5 tonne box bodied trucks.
Each Daily has a 5.2 tonne gross vehicle weight and has been mounted with a Cartwright dry freight box body. They will be in operation up to six days a week for the next five years, covering approximately 30,000 miles per year.
Steve Davis, National Engineering Manager at TNT Express, says: “We watched the recent launch of the new Daily with interest and it coincided perfectly with this opportunity to reassess the model’s suitability for our fleet.
“Our depots in Bradford and Nottingham will be putting this initial batch of 10 Dailys through their paces on demanding pick-up and delivery routes, where each vehicle will make around 100 collections and deliveries per day. Despite its smaller size we’re achieving a competitive payload capacity of up to 2.1 tonnes,” he adds.
The Iveco Daily combines the strength of a truck with the agility of a light vehicle, with its truck-style chassis frame ensuring structural rigidity, fatigue resistance and long-term durability, whilst affording maximum bodybuilding flexibility. These new vehicles are ideal for operation in urban environments and offer quick and easy cab access via a single step, excellent driver visibility and optimum manoeuvrability – with a turning circle of just 15.28m.
TNT Express specified the Daily 50C15 to its bespoke requirements – selecting this model from over 7,000 possible chassis configurations.
Amongst the vehicle’s key features is the comprehensive new ESP 9 safety system, which is fitted as standard, making New Daily one of the safest light commercials on the road. Amongst an array of safety features this includes ABS (anti-lock brakes), EBD (electronic brake force distribution), ASR (traction control), ESP (stability control), HBA (hydraulic brake assist) to ensure emergency braking is as effective as possible, Hill Holder, LAC (load adaptive braking control), RMI (roll movement intervention) and ROM (roll over mitigation).
Power is provided by a 3.0 litre FPT diesel engine meeting the latest Euro 5 emissions legislation. Capable of producing up to 146 hp and 350 Nm of torque, it features an enhanced EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) system with a DPF (diesel particulate filter) as standard. The exhaust system architecture and the EGR logic have also been optimised with particular attention to urban duty cycles.