Iveco’s Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power has just won the title of Sustainable Truck of the Year 2018 in the van category; the award is promoted by Italian magazine Vado e Torno in collaboration with the University of Milan.

Iveco’s Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power has won the prestigious title of Sustainable Truck of the Year 2018 in the van category. The award is promoted by Italian magazine Vado e Torno in collaboration with the University of Milan with the aim of highlighting the new technologies available in the commercial vehicle sector for 2017.

Judging is based on the Mobility Revolution Truck rating developed in partnership with LifeGate, a numerical classification system that can be used to assess and summarise the environmental impact of any freight vehicle. Now in its second year, the prize is awarded in three categories: The 'Tractor' category, for articulated trucks, the 'Distribution' category for delivery vehicles and the 'Van' category.

The Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power is part of the new Daily Blue Power product family, which was officially launched by IVECO on October 4th in Suzzara at the opening of the New Daily Center, the brand-new factory outlet and gateway to the home of the Daily.

This new sales outlet was created to showcase the multi-award winning Daily product family at its best and offer a unique customer experience. Visitors can discover the Daily’s long history of innovations and successes, as well as its features and advanced technologies that make this exceptional product family stand out. Customers are also able to see how the Daily comes together at the manufacturing plant, experiencing first-hand the advanced manufacturing technologies and processes that guarantee the consistently high quality of the vehicles coming off the assembly line.

The new Daily Blue Power family, produced in Suzzara, aims to be the sustainable business partner for urban transport operators, opening the way for a new concept of unlimited transport that will free them from the constraints of increasingly stringent traffic and access restrictions in cities.

The winner of the Sustainable Truck of the Year award, the Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power, combines the sustainability of IVECO’s Natural gas engine technology its class-exclusive 8-speed Hi-Matic transmission, making it an excellent solution for urban transport applications.

The Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power builds on IVECO’s extensive experience of more than 20 years' pioneering work in natural gas technologies. It features the 3.0-litre F1C engine that generates 136 hp, delivering a best-in-class torque of 350 Nm. This engine of industrial derivation is more robust and guarantees more torque and better driveability than ordinary CNG car-derived engines.

The environmental performance of the Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power is equally remarkable: the engine complies with Euro 6/D standards with 76% less particulate matter and 12% lower NOx emissions than IVECO’s Euro VI 3.0-litre diesel engine, which already generates extremely low levels. In real driving conditions and in an urban context, the CO2 emissions of the CNG engine are 3% lower than those of the equivalent diesel version. The application of the Hi-Matic transmission to CNG engine further improves this performance, extending this gap to 5%. If bio-methane is used to run the CNG engine, CO2 emissions can be slashed by 95%, to almost zero.

The use of biomethane also brings other advantages, such as a further dramatic reduction in the CO2 emissions linked to transportation of fuel, since biomethane can be handled at local level.

The Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power is also economically more sustainable: 2.5% less fuel is required (when compared to the CNG manual gearbox version used in a real urban context), and the lower pump price of CNG compared to diesel translates into a very competitive cost per km. If factors such as engine efficiency and energy value are considered, natural gas can deliver cost savings of up to 35% compared to diesel.

The Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power is also extremely quiet compared to its diesel equivalent, making it ideal for night time deliveries in urban areas.

The on-board technology provided with the vehicle also includes the exclusive BUSINESS UP application, which transforms on-board connectivity into a true professional work tool, providing the customer with driving assistance as well as valuable business support.

The jury panel awarded the Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power because "even though the fourth generation of the vehicle was only released last year, the Daily continues its drive towards greater sustainability, with continued updates and improvements both on a small and large scale.

With the launch of the Blue Power series, the 3.0-litre natural gas model is also equipped with an 8- speed electronic transmission, built by ZF and bearing the Hi-Matic name. This leap in quality not only greatly improves driving comfort - it also optimises the overall experience, both in terms of pure performance and fuel consumption.

With this latest advance, the Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power is an even more eligible candidate to replace diesel vehicles in city centres, thanks to even lower emissions (lower fuel consumption) compared to the manual version, lower noise levels (enhanced by the Eco function) and no drop in performance, with a range that is more than adequate.

The award was presented by Mauro Delle Fratte, Brand Manager Italian Exhibition Group, to Mihai Daderlat, IVECO Business Director for the Italian Market, during the 21st edition of Ecomondo 2017, the leading European green and circular economy trade fair.

Maurizio Cervetto, General Manager of "Vado e Torno" made the following comment on the award of the prize to the Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power: "With the Daily Hi-Matic Natural Power, IVECO has taken another decisive step towards sustainability. The engine – which delivers the same torque as its diesel equivalent – is combined with a superb transmission that ensures the smoothest possible operation, improving comfort and enhancing the benefits of the gas-powered Daily. This model emits up to 4 decibels of noise less than diesel version, with lower pollutant emissions and virtually no particulate matter, as well as boasting a greater capacity than diesel. What’s more, restricted traffic areas and night-time missions in city centres are no longer off-limits. The range is complete.”

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