Euro 6 Minibus on way

Dealer team se­lected ahead of sales rush for peo­ple mover

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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.

PHOTOS: SUP­PLIED

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.

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