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Iveco Daily Blue Power Wins International Van of the Year 2018

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Iveco Daily Blue Power

In electing the Daily Blue Power as International Van of the Year 2018, much praise was directed towards Iveco on producing a new range of highly sustainable light commercials with a choice of powertrains that reduce operators environmental impact. With the Iveco Daily Blue Power, the Italian brand offers a choice of efficient viable power solutions such as the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) 2.3 litre diesel Euro 6 diesel, a 3.0 litre Natural (Gas) Power with Hi-Matic automated transmission and an improved electric version.

The 25-member jury panel consisting of Light Commercial Vehicle magazine editors and journalists collectively awarded the Iveco Daily Blue Power 113 points with the new Ford transit Custom as runner-up receiving 79 points. The other podium place went to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles with its latest Gas powered Caddy TGI model.

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Jarlath Sweeney and Pierre Lahutte

Five brands were in contention for this prestigious annual prize, which also included the MAN TGE and Renault Kangoo Z.E.33. The announcement and presentation of a newly designed trophy was made at a Gala Banquet held in association with SOLUTRANS 2017 a Lyon, France on Wednesday 22 November and attended by 1,500 representatives from the European commercial vehicle industry.

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A delighted Iveco Brand President Pierre Lahutte commented on receiving the award: “In the year of its 40th anniversary, the Daily has been elected as the “International Van of the Year” for the third time. Beyond the acclaimed and successful product, this award recognizes the tremendous efforts made by IVECO to decisively contribute to the battle for clean air in our cities and CO2emission reductions. Daily Blue Power in its electric, natural gas and most advanced diesel versions, is the first and only vehicle to offer three choices that anticipate regulations increasingly impacting access to urban centers. This secures customers’ investment and gives them the competitive advantage they need to develop their sustainable businesses.”

“Congratulations to Iveco on the impressive development achievements with the Daily Blue Power. This is the third occasion that the Iveco Daily has won this award since its establishment in 1992, tasting victory in 2000 and more recently in 2015,” added Jarlath Sweeney, Chairman, International Van of the Year Jury.

Featured below is a selection of voting motivations by jury members on electing the Iveco Daily Blue Power as the International Van of the Year 2018:
“Iveco has always been on the forefront of sustainability in the LCV segment. The new Daily Blue Power range confirms this position. Whether it is a diesel or Natural Gas (CNG) powered or an electrically driven vehicle, Iveco has the sustainable vehicles the market is asking for. The Daily with the CNG engine and Hi-Matic transmission, especially, is wonderful to drive.”

“Iveco Daily Blue Power is honoured for its technical innovation – presenting the new Real Driving Emission diesel engine now - three years ahead of the EU’s RDE regulation which will be mandatory for vans - far ahead of any competitor.

Even though it’s cleaner than the Daily 2.3 litre version today, it’s seven percent more economical. The reason is among others, that the engine is lighter and that it runs on SCR only - like the Iveco trucks.”

“The Iveco Daily’s Blue Power solutions is like the chocolate ‘Kinder Egg’ – with three novelties at one time! Apart from the RDE diesel, Iveco presents an improved electric version with up to five tonne total weight and 200 km driving range with impressive torque and acceleration as well. On top of it all, Iveco has a better CNG version now with 8-speed ZF Hi-Matic automated gearbox. According to sister brand supplier, Fiat Powertrain Technologies, the CNG version has a 35 percent better TCO than the diesel versions.”

“The Daily Blue Power range puts together the main and viable solutions to reduce the environmental impact of LCVs in urban and suburban operations. Electric, Natural Gas and SCR are all proven technologies developed by Iveco. The Italian manufacturer brings into its LCVs the typical evolution modes of the sector, based on a constant and frequent refinement.”

Volkswagen Amarok V6 picks up International Pick-up Award 2018

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Volkswagen Amarok

By offering the widest selection of V6 diesel engines and model variants together with a number of technical advancements, with the latest generation Amarok, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles was honoured with the International Pick-up Award 2018 at a special Gala ceremony held during Solutrans 2017, in Lyon, France.

Following an extensive group test drive programme held over three days in Romania at the beginning of November, the Amarok V6 emerged overall winner as voted by members of the International Van of the Year Jury.

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Jarlath Sweeney and Eckhard Scholz

The fourth running of the biennial International Award for 1-tonne Pick-up trucks had established players - the Toyota Hilux & Volkswagen Amarok, up against two newcomers, the Renault Alaskan & Mercedes-Benz X-Class.

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“Jury members adjudged the Amarok V6 to be the best all-rounder in a very close-run competition. The latest Volkswagen Amarok V6 scored 56 points with its new German rival, the all-new Mercedes-Benz X-Class achieving 50 marks with the current Toyota Hilux not too far behind on 41 points. Marks were awarded based on powertrain efficiencies, load volume and capability, driver and passenger comfort and safety aspects, as well as low total cost of operation from a business point of view,” explained Jarlath Sweeney, Chairman, International Van of the Year Jury.

Having received this prestigious accolade on its inaugural presentation for 2010, Dr. Eckhard Scholz, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles was very pleased with the continued success of the Amarok on an International scale: “We are grateful for the IPUA 2018 award and feel honored by the verdict of the jury of international experts. With the Amarok, we listened to the customer and put more power, torque, and usability in all terrains rather than luxury and lifestyle. I promise, we will continue to provide best solutions for our customers to make their business better. Thank you for your confidence.”

Featured below is a selection of voting motivations by jury members on electing the Volkswagen Amarok V6 as the winner of the International Pick-up Award 2018:
“The Volkswagen Amarok is the epitome of the ‘work hard, play hard’ theme that is becoming common place in the Pick-up segment. With a clean-cut design, great fit and finish, a spacious cab with modern layout, it is full of amenities and a layout that enhances well-being. The ergoComfort seats are extremely comfortable and supportive, while the 8-speed automatic is unique in the class, as is the 3.0 litre V6. Both on tarmac and off-road the driveline excels, and the refinement and elasticity of the engine are a new ethos for the segment.”

“Power is not a problem with the Volkswagen Amarok V6, with its broad selection of 3.0 litre TDIs ranging from 120 to 190 kW to fulfill the power and torque wishes for all costumers.”

“Amarok provides the most comfortable seats compared with the competitors – and the roomiest cabin. It’s a top pedigree workhorse.”