Euro 6 Minibus on way
Dealer team selected ahead of sales rush for people mover
IVECO Minibus dealers have been announced in preparation for the Daily E6 Minibus arrival.
Officially revealed to the Australian media in April and slated for launch in the fourth quarter of 2017, the minibus comprises three model variants and two seating capacities: 11 plus driver and 16 plus driver.
Iveco Bus National manager – ANZ, Steve Heanes, said the initial dealership appointments provided strong coverage for the Daily Minibus across most areas of Australia.
“All Daily Minibus Dealerships appointed to date are either existing IVECO full line or light duty dealerships – this provides us with over 25 outlets across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia,” Mr Heanes said.
“The Daily Minibus uses the same underpinnings as the Daily van and cab chassis ranges, meaning that these dealerships will be well versed in diagnosing, servicing and supporting the Daily Minibus range when it arrives.”
Mr Heanes said this was the first time dealerships had been appointed to sell IVECO bus models, but given the retail nature of the minibus market, it was a logical decision to utilise the IVECO network.
“Buyer demographics for the Daily Minibus are quite diverse – we envisage that these vehicles will enter service in applications including airport and hotel shuttle work and related, as well as for medical-based applications including patient transport,” he said.
“The platform is flexible and provides for straightforward fitting of lifts and wheelchair access equipment for use in disabled transport and for aged care facilities.”
On offer in the range is a powerful yet fuel efficient Euro6-rated engine rated at 180hp and 430Nm, a classleading 8-speed full automatic transmission and the convenient electric bus plug door.
These features are complemented by a wide array of active and passive safety equipment including front and rear disc brakes with ABS and Electronic Stability Program.
IVECO’s ESP9 safety package is also standard and includes a myriad of other safety features such as electronic brake force distribution, anti-slip regulator, drag torque control, hill hold control, adaptive load control, trailer sway mitigation, hydraulic rear wheel boost, hydraulic fading compensation, roll movement intervention and roll-over mitigation.
Further adding to the safety equation is a driver’s airbag, daytime running lights, a steering wheel with integrated controls, pneumatic suspension and a lane departure warning system.
READY TO ROLL: Heading for daily use in Australia, the Iveco Daily Minibus is high tech and enviro-friendly.
Iveco’s Steve Heanes reckons the E6 is a winner.