Lawsons, a building materials supplier based in London, added four IVECO Daily Hi-Matic 3.5-tonne chassis cabs to its fleet of 25 commercial vehicles, which includes the company’s first-ever IVECO model, a 26-tonne Stralis Natural Power truck purchased in 2018 that runs on CNG (compressed natural gas). One of the primary criteria Lawsons used in selecting the Daily models is IVECO’s reliable aftersales report and overnight maintenance and servicing options.
“We considered IVECO for our light commercials as we’ve previously struggled to get the aftersales support we really needed. If we had a problem with a 3.5-tonner, we’d drop it off at the nearest dealer, but a technician might not be able look at it for days,” says Mike Kelly, group transport assistant manager at Lawsons. “Acorn Trucks is the closest dealership to our London branches and can’t do enough in looking after our Stralis NP; and they have assured us our new Dailys will be treated in the same manner. This means a driver can drop a vehicle off in the evening and pick it up early the next morning, so we never miss a day’s work. We’ve got full trust in Acorn Trucks to look after our new vehicles and that’s why we’ve put the Dailys in their care.”
IVECO Daily Specs
Each of the Daily Hi-Matic models features a 2.3-litre diesel engine that produces 136 horsepower and 350 newton metres of torque, as well as an eight-speed Hi-Matic transmission. They are outfitted with Ingimex dropside bodies as well as a five-camera safety system that offers improved visibility for the operator, a particularly important feature in London. The trucks are also fully compliant with Ultra-Low Emission Zone regulations. Lawsons plans to operate its Dailys until 2026 while adding around 30,000 miles per year to each vehicle working up to five days a week.
Looking Toward The Future
In addition to this order, Lawsons also hopes to put a CNG-powered Daily into operation later in 2019, a Daily Hi-Matic Blue Power NP model. IVECO says the first order will occur “once the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and Department for Transport finalise a training syllabus for the five hours’ training its Category B drivers will need to complete before they can drive 4.2-tonne alternative-fuelled vehicles on a standard 3.5-tonne licence.”