Iveco has marked the 1,600,000th Daily vehicle rolling off the assembly line at its Suzzara plant in Mantua, Italy. The Daily, a favourite base for minibus conversions, has continuously reinvented itself for more than 40 years, pushing the boundaries of innovation, versatility and efficiency, anticipating the evolving needs of its customers, and has introduced many ground-breaking innovations and industry-firsts while remaining true to its DNA, Iveco said. The manufacturer believes that these strengths are the foundation of the model’s enduring success in the market, in which it offers a seven-tonne model and a natural gas powered option in the light commercial vehicle segment.
The milestone vehicle is a new Daily panel van, equipped with a 3.0-litre 176hp Euro VI heavy duty diesel engine.
Giorgio Ricci, Iveco Suzzara Plant Manager, commented: “We are extremely proud of this important milestone for our plant, which represents more than 40 years of Daily production. This vehicle is a benchmark in the market for its fundamental characteristics, such as its versatility, strength, robustness and performance, which have always set it apart from other vehicles. With increasingly advanced connectivity to meet the business needs of customers, its focus on sustainability, and the traditional values that have always been a part of Iveco’s DNA, the new Daily is a high-performing and competitive travelling partner, with a total cost of ownership among the best in its category.”
The team at the Suzzara plant also assembles special versions for military and firefighting applications. Since 2007 the plant has been working to achieve World Class Manufacturing (WCM) standards, a production system that aims for zero faults, wastage and accidents, using a process of continuous development, focused on involving every individual operator in the production process.
The plant also recently won the Special Award for Excellent Culture of Improvement bestowed by Agamus Consult, an international management consultancy firm, and German magazine Automobil Produktion.