PHVC receives factory-built Daily Line minibus and commits to Iveco

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PHVC said it was very impressed by an Iveco Daily van demonstrator with the Hi-Matic automatic gearbox

Fareham-based supplier commits to automatic minibuses after being impressed by Hi-Matic gearbox

Minibus supplier PHVC has taken delivery of a right-hand drive, factory-built Iveco Daily Line Hi-Matic minibus.

The 22-seater has been purchased as a demonstrator to showcase to end-user fleets, with an order for a further 20 vehicles already placed.

The Hampshire-based firm, which supplies vehicles to sectors including education, community transport and local authorities, said it is confident of strong demand for the vehicle after its customers were given the opportunity to drive it.

PHVC said it has spotted a growing market for 22/23-seater vehicles and chose Iveco Bus for the first time ‘because of its class-exclusive eight-speed Hi-Matic transmission.’

Managing Director of PHVC, Paul Huxford, said after trialling an Iveco Daily Hi-Matic, his firm will now only buy automatic vehicles, and that the manufacturer’s success in being named International Minibus of the Year 2017 with its Daily Tourys put them ahead of all their competitors.

Paul added: “Iveco Bus lent us a 3.5 tonne Daily panel van with Hi-Matic transmission to test out – and it was sublime. We can see why the Daily is becoming so popular.

“Another reason we chose Iveco Bus is this vehicle’s 6.5 tonne gross vehicle weight which makes it very sturdy. With this and the impressive Hi-Matic transmission, it shows Iveco Bus is a major player in the minibus sector.

“We are really enthusiastic about this new partnership and are confident we will enjoy a long and fruitful relationship.”

The Daily 65C18HA8 was delivered directly from Iveco’s factory in Italy and is powered by the manufacturer’s 3.0 litre Euro VI diesel engine, delivering up to 180hp. Built on a 4,100mm wheelbase, the vehicle also offers a rear access lift for passengers with disabilities.

The Daily Line is also available with a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) engine, which was a key consideration for PHVC. Paul added: “A lot of the sectors we supply vehicles to are already looking at alternative fuels.

“We expect around 50% of our orders will be for CNG vehicles in five years, so for us it’s vital to have a good working relationship with the manufacturer which is leading the way in this market.”