Steve Taylor, owner and operator of Steven Taylor & Co Electrix, has been servicing the Brisbane area for more than 20 years. Appliance testing, lighting design and installation, rewiring, and safety switch installations are all in a day’s work, and keeping him mobile from job to job is Iveco’s ‘International Van of the Year’-winning Daily.
Like many in the trade, Steve considers his van to be one of the most important tools of his business, as it is essentially a workshop and stock vehicle combined. To that end he says Iveco's new 19.6m3 Daily 50C17 – the largest volume capacity of any van available in Australia – has been his single best investment in recent times.
"The Daily is half a metre longer in the back than my previous van, which is great. I've been able to carry a couple more ladders that I couldn’t previously. It's also freed up quite a large area that I can use to store bigger items like switchboards and stoves for installation, along with all my essential gear," Steve said.
"The purchase of my Iveco van was actually very spur-of-the-moment. There were some warning signs that my previous van was reaching the end of its service life. I was basically forced into the position of finding a vehicle as soon as possible.
“I immediately thought of Iveco from a chance conversation with a customer a few weeks prior. As it turned out, Iveco had the exact model I was after and I was able to pick up a vehicle 24 hours after I made the order. I can't imagine a better vehicle."
Steve’s Daily runs a 3-litre turbo diesel Iveco engine with 170hp and features a six speed synchromesh single overdrive manual transmission that as Steve commented, "Ensures there’s always a gear ratio perfect for the grade and speed I'm travelling."
The extra power compared to its predecessor has not only allowed him to carry all necessary equipment and supplies, it also handles the road especially well despite the added payload.
"I need to be able to stand up easily in the rear section to gather the required parts for the job at hand, and for my van to carry my two-tonne payload of tools and stock items. And if I wish to pay a bit more registration, an additional 700kgs of stuff can be added legally," Steve said.
"The most important thing to me was being able to carry the two tonnes necessary with safety, and within the Australian road rules. I never have to worry about being overloaded. I'm able to have everything I need for the job, on the job, at all times."
The new Daily combines the strength of a tough C-section chassis while still being car-like to drive, and Steve says that with rear-wheel-drive, the Daily feels confident on the road and is manoeuvrable and easy to drive.
"With the Iveco Daily, I just can't believe how light the steering is and how much heavier to drive the front-wheel drive felt. I'm really impressed with the lightness of this Iveco, weighing just under four-and-a-half tonnes loaded, it feels as light as a little car to drive,” Steve said.
"My new van is everything I want in a van. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending the Daily to all other trade services people."
Iveco Australia manufactures and imports commercial vehicles spanning the light, medium and heavy duty truck segments and, under the Iveco Bus brand, buses and coaches. The commercial vehicle range includes on and off-road models beginning with car licence vans, through to road train prime movers rated at up to 140 tonnes GCM. The Acco and Powerstar vehicles, developed and produced specifically for the Australian market, complement Iveco’s worldwide best sellers such as the Daily, Eurocargo, Trakker and Stralis. Iveco vehicles are ably supported by a dedicated network of 46 dealerships and service outlets strategically located nationwide, offering aftersales services that include extended warranties, roadside assistance and programmed maintenance contracts.
Iveco’s Australian manufacturing base in Dandenong Victoria, represents a major investment in the local truck and bus industry. Iveco directly employs more than 600 people nationwide and thousands more Australians in related industries, from retailing operations to component suppliers.
Iveco is a brand of CNH Industrial N.V., a World leader in Capital Goods listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CNHI) and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario of the Borsa Italiana (MI: CNHI). Iveco designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, off-road trucks, and vehicles for applications such as off-road missions.
Iveco employs close to 21,000 individuals globally. It manages production sites in seven countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America where it produces vehicles featuring the latest advanced technologies. 4,200 sales and service outlets in over 160 countries guarantee technical support wherever an Iveco vehicle is at work.
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