Europcar in massive local Iveco Daily order


More than 300 on order or being delivered before June

Europcar in massive local Iveco Daily order
Europcar is getting 336 Daily 355 units

It may be a momentous time for Iveco’s truckmaking future in Australia but the make’s vans arm is kicking huge goals with Europcar.

The vehicle rental business is about to digest a 195-unit order comprising of 150 vans and 45 pantech-bodied cab chassis units, while 241 are also on order and due to enter service with Europcar in the first half of next year.

The attraction of Daily 35S van models to Europcar is that can be driven on a passenger car licence and offer generous load-carrying ability, while remaining easy-to-drive and manoeuvrable for drivers of all levels of experience, Iveco noted.

Further assisting the vans’ ease of use is Iveco’s 8-speed full automatic transmission which is matched to a new 2.3l 136hp (350Nm) Euro 6-rated turbodiesel engine, delivering ample power combined with enhanced emission performance and fuel efficiency.


Read about Iveco's plans for moving away from local manufacture, here


The cab chassis models (45C) can also be driven on a car licence and are equipped with a larger 3.0l Euro 6-rated turbodiesel engine which produces 180hp and 430Nm. These light trucks feature a Pantech body and rear tail lifter, allowing for easy loading and unloading.

The models offer a full suite of standard safety equipment that includes four SRS airbags, advanced emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, front and rear disc brakes with ABS and ‘ESP 9’, Iveco’s advanced electronic stability program.

Europcar commercial director Jonathan Dexter highlighted the importance of safety in its offering rental customer.

"The Daily range provides an impressive overall safety package and fits well with our brand’s position in the market as a company that operates a modern, safe and reliable fleet," Dexter said.

"We’re also mindful that many of our customers are not full-time drivers of commercial vehicles, so providing them with vans and light trucks that are easy-to-use, while still having a large payload is important.

"Certainly, the customer feedback on the Dailys continues to be very positive nationally – customers enjoy the functionality of the vehicles as well as their sleek European design, it’s a strong point of difference for us compared to other rental fleets.

"The Daily is also a standout performer when it comes to emission performance, and again this aligns well with our corporate sustainability goals."

Europcar’s purchases are due to both an increased demand for commercial vehicle rentals as well as the company’s fleet rejuvenation program, which sees the company rotate its commercial vehicle fleet every 36 months on average.

Dexter noted that Europcar had experienced strong demand in recent months.

"In the business-to-business space, we’ve seen growth in the transport and logistics sector on the back of demand increasing for home deliveries, including directly from retailers pivoting to delivery models," he said.

 

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