New IVECO Daily: the minibus that takes passenger transport to the next level
Wednesday 2nd June 2021
Iveco Bus presented the New Daily minibus to its dealer network and the international press in a live digital event. The latest evolution of the Daily minibus family breaks new ground, introducing new adaptive and intelligent solutions that take interaction and collaboration with the driver and the transport operator to a new level, making the Daily minibus the perfect complement to the daily minibus range of Iveco Bus.
Ste?phane Espinasse, IVECO Bus Brand President, said: “With the New Daily minibus, which is enriched with, among other things, a Low Entry version, we are moving to the next level. With new innovations with no equivalent on the market, it always offers more comfort and safety on board, flexibility focus on the missions as well as a substantial TCO reduction. With the New Daily, we propose to our customers a unique set of digital services available to optimize their operation and decrease their costs. A constant search for improvement which positions this minibus as the best in its category.”
Iveco Bus has designed the New Daily minibus by combining the recognized qualities of the Daily and the skills of a leader in passenger transport. It builds on its core values of versatility, robustness, durability and performance, which have made it a favourite in its segment for more than 40 years. It introduces innovative, customer-centred solutions that make it a supremely adaptive, interactive, collaborative and connected vehicle – the most innovative minibus in its generation and the smart companion of transport companies.
The New minibus Daily anticipates the needs of transport companies that is changing fast. Connectivity has become a necessity in every area of everyday life – personal and professional – and vehicles must meet this requirement. Sustainability and clean air have acquired even more urgency, leading to increasingly challenging vehicle emissions standards. Thanks to its environmentally friendly natural gas engine and its particularly silent mode of operation, the New minibus Daily represents a true clean transport solution.
AIR-PRO intelligent suspension: a uniquely smooth and comfortable drive
The New minibus Daily introduces the revolutionary AIR-PRO pneumatic suspension, which continuously adapts to the condition of usage to deliver a uniquely smooth and safe ride for driver and passengers. The exclusive AIR-PRO Continuous Damping Control (CDC) unit reacts almost instantly to road disturbances, calculating every 10 milliseconds the ideal pressure on each shock absorber to deliver the best dynamic reaction. The lower vibrations, reduced by 25% contribute further to a supremely comfortable driving experience.
The AIR-PRO intelligent system also adapts to the driver’s requirements and puts them in control of the suspension’s behaviour. They can choose to prioritise comfort with the Soft setting; select Load to optimise handling and roll control in full load conditions; or leave it to the system’s self-adapting parameters with the Auto setting. The AIR-PRO suspension adapts to the vehicle load, reducing the roll angle by 30% in bends, enhancing the driver’s safety and protecting the passengers.
The AIR-PRO suspension makes access and exit operations easy and efficient, adjusting the height of the vehicle chassis in less than 10 seconds. A memory function also enables the operator to memorise the alignment with usual access platforms, making it even easier to get the vehicle ready.
The AIR-PRO intelligent system is easy to manage via a dedicated rotary switch on the dashboard and new, intuitive TFT graphics.
New memory foam seat for the driver: to provide supreme comfort
The New Daily minibus features a new driver seat with central pad of the cushion and backrest, and the headrest in memory foam – an industry first for minibuses. The foam moulds to the body, distributing the weight evenly, reducing pressure peaks by up to 30%. This results in supreme comfort and protects from back pain. The side sections have been thickened with 15mm of high-density foam to improve lateral containment, enhancing safety and the driving experience. Taller people will be more comfortable the 20 mm longer and 15 mm thicker front cushion, which provides better support for their longer legs. The seat side carter and levers have been redesigned to make it easier to get on and off the vehicle.
Unique engine line-up: performance and sustainability in every mission
The New Daily minibus remains true to its reputation for versatility with its extensive engine line-up. It is now available in 2 diesel engine powers (180 and 210 hp) and a Natural Gas engine (136 hp) and provides an appropriate response to all the needs related to passenger transport: shuttle minibus ideal for short journeys (Start), interurban minibus with the largest passenger capacity in its category (Line), tourist minibus for traveling in style and comfort (Tourys), and soon an urban minibus (Access).
Facing with the challenges of reducing air pollution for the transport sector and the creation of low- emission zones, Iveco Bus, a pioneer in the development of alternative energies for more than 20 years, naturally offers an alternative motorization with the engine 3.0 liter CNG. It delivers powerful and responsive performance with 136 hp and 350 Nm of torque. This CNG version helps to preserve natural resources, as it is fully compatible with biomethane, which comes from the recovery of organic waste. Thus, the CNG Daily minibus guarantees an excellent carbon footprint and represents a concrete step towards energy transition. The environmental benefits then translate into greenhouse gas reductions of up to 95%.
The New minibus Daily complies with Euro VI-E standards, achieving Conformity Factor 1 (CF=1) ahead of regulations. This means that it meets the emissions limits in real conditions and for the life of the vehicle. It uses a double SCR after-treatment system that has been entirely redesigned to occupy the same spaces as in the previous models, so that it has no impact on the vehicle’s body-ability, preserving the Daily’s legendary versatility.