IVECO celebrates the diversity of the Daily range and customer missions at the inaugural Daily Mission Awards
Friday 12th November 2021
Standing by its strapline of ‘Your Mission, Our Focus’, the IVECO Daily offers an enormous range of solutions to fit any task asked of it. New for 2021, IVECO UK have launched the Daily Mission Awards as a way of recognising the diversity, the innovation that goes into bodywork construction and the hard work carried out by those that operate them.
At a black-tie awards dinner on Wednesday November 3rd at Coombe Abbey Hotel near Coventry, IVECO invited its finalists, respective bodybuilders and supplying dealers to reveal both category victors and the overall winner. Hosted by sports presenter, Laura Winter, the prize-winners were welcomed to the stage to collect their trophies before comic entertainment from the hilarious Scott Bennett.
The awards were split into four seasonal quarterly sectors and comprised three finalists with a category winner. The four victors then contended for the overall award. Customers were nominated by their dealers and were judged by a panel of industry experts.
The Judging Panel:
James Dallas – Editor, WhatVan?
Chris Bunce – UK & ROI Network Sales Manager, IVECO UK
Mark Cartwright – Head of Commercial Vehicle Incident Prevention, Highways England
Nigel Base – Commercial Vehicle Manager, SMMT
Andy Picton – Chief Commercial Vehicle Editor, Glass’s
Q1 – Construction
Q2 – Forestry & Grounds Maintenance
Q3 – Passenger Transport & Lifestyle
Q4 – Delivery
Family-owned builder’s merchants, Elliotts (Elliott Brothers), from the south coast took the Construction award for its high-spec fleet of 3.5t Daily Dropsides. Nominated by Hendy Van & Truck of Chandlers Ford, the vehicles feature lightweight bodywork by VFS Southampton. Guest Trucks & Van’s NMC Drainage and North East Truck & Van’s MKM Builder’s Merchants were both highly commended.
From Wales, stonemasonry experts Griffith Memorials and it’s Neath Coachworks-bodied heavy-weight 7t Daily Crew Cab took the award for the Forestry & Grounds Maintenance category, nominated by supplying dealer, Glenside Commercials in Caerphilly. South West Truck & Van’s Bath & North East Somerset Council and Guest Truck & Van’s GT Access were highly commended.
The Passenger Transport & Lifestyle category was won by Kent County Council. It’s innovative fleet of 7.2t mobile libraries, bodied by Euromotive were nominated by Maidstone’s Haynes Trucks. NI Truck’s Education Authority Northern Ireland and Northern Commercials’ Kelling Group were highly commended.
Nominated by A M Phillip Glasgow for the Delivery sector, easyStorage took the award, with its bespoke tri-compartment body-equipped 7-Tonne Daily fleet. Glenside Commercials’ Euro Foods and North East Truck & Van’s Ribble Farm Fare were highly commended.
Compounding earlier successes in the evening, it was easyStorage who were named the overall inaugural Daily Mission Awards champions for a clear capitalisation of Daily 7-Tonnes’ robust build quality, payload and manoeuvrability, operational safety and driver comfort considerations with inventive customer satisfaction enhancing bodywork solutions.
Commenting on the double-win, easyStorage CEO, Tim Slesinger said, “Our award wins represent the culmination of a pioneering four-year collaboration between easyStorage, Tekbo and of course IVECO. It’s the result of great teamwork that we have managed to develop a vehicle that has not only helped to disrupt the self-storage market but has also enabled us to deliver on our Corporate Social Responsibilities within all our local communities”.
IVECO UK Light Business-line Director, Mike Cutts added, “We are very grateful for the support this initiative has been shown by our valued customers, experienced dealers and respected bodybuilder partners. It is these partnerships that encourage the continual strive to push the boundaries of mission compatibility. The Mission Awards has been a fine example of collaboration and provided a welcome and well-deserved opportunity to celebrate great achievements and catch-up after a bizarre 18 months. A huge congratulations and thanks to all of our entrants, finalists and winners”.
With almost 45-years of experience, Daily continues to redefine the frontiers of flexibility and strength, re-writing the rule books once again with the launch of new Daily for 2022. This sees the introduction of an LCV first in memory foam seating, plus market-leading adaptive AIR-PRO suspension, IVECO Driver Pal via Amazon Alexa and further improvements in TCO. IVECOs truck culture runs deep behind the scenes, with responsive Assistance Non-Stop 24/7 roadside support network and commercial workshops caring for both the brands heavy trucks and vans. Furthermore, Daily operators too can utilise an impressive collection of smart and connected IVECO On Repair & Maintenance packages to ensure that each vehicle maximises its TCO potential. Maximum uptime is reached through adaptable service intervals depending on vehicle use, with a connection to IVECOs central control room keeping a watchful eye on running performance. Drivers now have the ability to initiate over-the-air updates from the cab, ensuring that systems remain at the cutting-edge while keeping vehicles out of workshops and on the road.
A special thanks goes to our awards partners at WhatVan? (www.whatvan.co.uk), Laura Winter for hosting the event and Scott Bennett for the entertainment. The IVECO Daily Mission Awards will return for 2022.