Iveco and Suhail Bahwan unveil ‘New Daily’ in Oman

CNH Industrial debuts third-generation range of versatile panel vans and customisable cab chassis

L-R: Divyendu Kumar, MD of Bahwan International Group Holding; Ahmed Bahwan, chairman of Bahwan International Group Holding; Pierre Lahutte, Iveco brand president
L-R: Divyendu Kumar, MD of Bahwan International Group Holding; Ahmed Bahwan, chairman of Bahwan International Group Holding; Pierre Lahutte, Iveco brand president

Iveco and International Equipment & Contracting Company (IECC), a Suhail Bahwan Group company and Iveco’s dealer in Oman, have unveiled the OEM’s ‘New Daily’ to its local partners and customers.

The New Daily has preserved the Daily’s classic ladder-frame chassis structure long integral to the brand’s sturdiness and durability, but has had 80% of its components redesigned for maximum performance and versatility, particularly in terms of bodybuilding flexibility for chassis cab variants.

The product was unveiled for the first time in the Middle East and Africa region at the Muscat Holiday Hotel by Pierre Lahutte, Iveco brand president, Ahmed Bahwan, chairman of Bahwan International Group Holding and Divyendu Kumar, MD of Bahwan International Group Holding.

During the ceremony Pierre Lahutte, Iveco Brand President, stated: “Oman represents a key country for our development in the Gulf: a growing market with important construction and infrastructure projects moving forward as the country economy grows year over year.

“This year Iveco more than doubled last year’s performances in heavy-duty trucks segment, thanks to our comprehensive market line-up and valuable partner IECC. Today we are delighted to introduce the New Daily, the third generation of Iveco’s light commercial vehicles, to our customers in Oman.”

The vehicle range include a new architecture, with longer wheelbases and reduced rear overhang – providing ‘excellent driveability’ without compromising the Daily’s proven agility in confined spaces.

Ahmed Bahwan commented: “Today we have one of the widest commercial vehicle ranges in Oman, with a product in almost every segment. The New Daily will consolidate this position, attracting existing customers in the region and new buyers looking for quality and enhanced performance.”

Meanwhile, quad-leaf front suspension, standard on the 3.5t single wheel models, offers the best of the two previous single- and twin-wheel versions – increased the load-carrying capacity of the first and the ground clearance and maximum payload on the axles of the latter.

For the single-wheel models, the rear suspension has also been redesigned, decreasing the height of the load platform by 55mm while also reducing of oversteer in load transfers when cornering.

Divyendu Kumar added: “The Iveco brand has earned immense loyalty over the years for its reliable and well-engineered commercial vehicles, but in the case of the New Daily the superior technology of presents an extraordinarily high standard for a vehicle in its class.”

Building on the success of the existing Daily, with more than 2.6 million units sold in 110 countries worldwide, the New Daily has already been named the “International Van of the Year 2015” for its performance in fuel efficiency, load capacity, ergonomics and agility in the light commercial segment.

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