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Europcar invests in Iveco Daily vans

Europcar Australia has added to its rental fleet with the purchase of 15 Iveco Daily vans for its Queensland operations.

According to Iveco, the Daily 35S13 vans are 2017 model year variants featuring a 2.3 litre turbo diesel engine producing 126hp and 320Nm of torque mated to Iveco’s eight-speed full automatic transmission.

The ease of use and reliability of a full automatic transmission was a key requirement of the selection process, according to Europcar Fleet Director – Australia and New Zealand, Philip Lee.

“The easier it is for our clientele to step into the vans and feel comfortable and confident in driving them, the better for them and for Europcar,” Lee said.

“Many of the people that will be renting these vans are not regular drivers of commercial vehicles, one of the great things about these Daily models is that they can be driven on a passenger car licence and they’re equipped and drive much more like a car than a van or light truck.

“The cabin layout, seating position and full automatic transmission is a real bonus in this regard.”

According to Lee, another important consideration in Europcar’s selection criteria was a high level of safety features.

“The vehicles’ overall safety package both in terms of active and passive features is impressive,” he said.

“Europcar is known in the industry for its modern and safe fleet and we want to maintain this position in the market.”

The Daily range is equipped with four SRS airbags, front and rear disc brakes with ABS and EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) as well as Hill Holder, which prevents rollback when the vans are stationary on a steep incline.

Other features include a Bluetooth-equipped radio with steering wheel-mounted controls and rear reverse sensors.

Lee said that Iveco vans are extensively used in Europcar’s European operations, and that the Daily models are well regarded amongst overseas depots for their performance and low total cost of ownership.

“The Daily powertrains are known for their efficiency and long oil change intervals of 40,000 kilometres – from a business perspective that’s a real benefit,” he said.

“Feedback from our counterparts in Europe on the performance of the Dailys has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Europcar purchased the 15 new Dailys on a fixed cost operating lease, organised through Iveco’s in house financier, CNH Industrial Capital.

“Working with CNH Industrial was a seamless process – from a finance perspective it really made purchasing the vans a hassle-free experience. Given they are always dealing with Iveco products and the commercial vehicle industry, they had a thorough knowledge of what we required,” Lee said.

Additional Daily vans are expected to be added to Europcar’s Australian fleet in the coming months.

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