Iveco UK (United Kingdom) has been named large goods vehicle (LGV) Manufacturer of the Year at the GreenFleet Awards 2012, beating off competition from joint runners-up Mercedes-Benz and Volvo Trucks.
Iveco secured the highly prestigious award, which focuses on the large goods vehicle segment over 7.5 tonnes, in recognition of its dual approach to reducing carbon emissions. The company offers an extensive alternative fuel vehicle range and regularly introduces new technologies to make its diesel-powered line-up even more fuel efficient.
Key to securing the title for Iveco was the strength of its current EcoStralis heavy truck, which optimises everything from aerodynamics to the engine, driveline, tyres and telematics to deliver up to eight percent CO2 savings on long distance haulage.
The panel of GreenFleet Awards judges was also impressed with how Iveco has already manufactured in excess of 6500 natural gas-powered commercial vehicles for operation in Europe, with dedicated gas-powered models available within its Daily, Eurocargo and Stralis ranges offering power outputs from 136 to 300 hp.
Said to be the most extensive gas-powered commercial vehicle range on the market, these vehicles stand out for being factory built on the main Iveco production lines rather than aftermarket or end-of-line conversions. This allows customers to access after-sales support from any of Iveco’s 5000 service outlets worldwide.
Commenting on the award win, Martin Flach, product director for Iveco UK, said: “We recognise that diesel engines are likely to remain a significant part of the commercial vehicle market for many years to come, so we’ve introduced fuel-saving models such as the EcoStralis to help fleets become greener. Many of the EcoStralis’ advanced fuel-saving features will be incorporated into the International Truck of the Year-winning Stralis Hi-Way as standard, when it launches in the UK this January.”
This GreenFleet award follows less than a year after Iveco was named Low Carbon Heavy Duty Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year 2011 at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership Awards last November.