Iveco’s range of trucks from the Daily van upwards has resulted in one company turning their fleet 100% Iveco.
It was the innovative 7-tonne Daily with the Hi-Matic transmission that effectively sealed the deal and prompted national cleaning, hygiene and healthcare product suppliers, Nexon Group to go 100% Iveco.
The most recent acquisition for its Lincoln-based fleet is a pair of IVECO S-WAY rigid trucks. The Instinct Blue metallic fleet travels nationwide delivering cleaning and hygiene products, mainly heavy fluids, to healthcare providers and care home groups.
Supplied by North East Truck & Van, the two 19-tonne 4×2 rigid AT190S33/P vehicles were among the first batch of rigid IVECO S-WAY to reach UK customers and feature a 28ft Dependable Bodies box body with a 1.5t Dhollandia column tail lift. Up front is a medium-high roof AT sleeper cab, which sits in the middle of the cab line-up, slightly lower than the largest and 200mm narrower at 2.3m wide. This makes it easier to climb in and out of on multi-drop routes, and more suited to urban driving with a lower line-of-sight and smaller overall footprint.
The New S-Way AT Rigid Cabs
The AT cab is clearly identifiable as an IVECO S-WAY, carrying over its distinctive and aerodynamic styling. More prominent ‘hips’ step out below the cab, creating a purposeful stance and a deep well for three tiered and evenly spaced entry/exit steps. Internally, a symmetrical dashboard shape creates an open walk-through interior living space and a standard-fit 3-piece single bunk features a liftable middle section to enhance this further during driving breaks. Nexon have supplemented this with the independent night heater, electric roof hatch, door roller blinds and upgraded the standard cool box to a 25-litre fridge as the trucks will be used overnight.
“Payload was our primary driver towards IVECO, being able to take advantage of favourable running costs on 7.2-tonne Daily box vans, then the HI-MATIC gearbox caught our attention to improve driver comfort while reducing fuel costs and our emissions, commented Nexon’s Operations Director, Stephen Green.
“With a model at every weight, it made sense to build our fleet around the same brand and now we run 16 vehicles, all IVECO from Daily, through 12t Eurocargo to the new IVECO S-WAY. We decided to climb up to S-WAY in order to maximise carrying capacity with a large box body while making sure that the drivers could have a large, modern and comfortable cab to night out in. We’re getting very good feedback on them already; They’re very smooth, comfortable and quiet on the move and the turning circle is excellent”.
Nexon expects to run the IVECO S-WAY for 4-years, covering around 250,000km each. IVECO S-WAY comes with a comprehensive IVECO ON 3XL R&M package with a connection to IVECO’s European control centre for the first two years as standard and Nexon has extended this for the duration of the vehicles’ fleet tenure. With the vehicles traveling across the UK, it is imperative that they maintain easy access to a network of workshops and assistance should it ever be required. For this, IVECO is able to keep minds at rest with its dealer-operated Assistance Non-Stop service.
Running a 4×2 chassis with rear air suspension on the second longest 6,300mm wheelbase, the two new IVECO S-WAY employ IVECO’s 8.7-litre Cursor 9 diesel engine, producing 330hp and 1,400Nm of torque through the 12-speed HI-TRONIX gearbox. Full LED taillights offer an extremely long-life, curtailing wasted time swapping out blown bulbs during daily walk-around checks. Behind the wheel, DAS + DSE (Driver Attention Support + Driving Style Evaluation) helps to ensure high levels of operational safety, providing tips for more fuel-efficient driving.