Iveco is delivering 645 automatic Iveco Daily vans to Tesco.com this year, with Guest Truck & Van already having delivered 45 of the vehicles in February.
Tesco’s new Daily 35S14 Hi-Matic vans are painted in white, featuring the brand’s livery and all are powered by the heavy-duty homologated, Euro VI-D, 2.3-litre F1A turbo diesel engine, producing 136-horsepower and 350Nm of torque.
The 8-speed Hi-Matic automatic gearbox keeps the engine running at optimum revs, swapping cogs in under 200 milliseconds, says Iveco, affording the Tesco drivers a high level of safety and comfort on busy urban delivery routes, while minimising clutch and transmission wear.
A key consideration in the selection of Daily by Tesco.com was its Total Cost of Ownership proposition.
For busy, time-critical missions, features such as the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) assist with strong fuel economy by ensuring tyres are always kept to the correct pressures, subsequently reducing wear and therefore replacement.
Further enhancing fitted options include the Digital Pack including Reverse Warning Alarm, 7” touch-screen infotainment system with DAB, Bluetooth, and smart-phone mirroring allowing navigation services as well as Iveco’s connectivity box.
This allows for a connection to Iveco’s control centre for monitoring of vehicle performance, promoting proactive maintenance with access to over-the-air updates to minimise vehicle downtime.
Tesco operates its vehicles for up to five years dependent on their mileage, and it expects the new Daily units will clock up around 30,000 miles each year.
Before entering service, Lancashire-based Solomon Commercials will be fitting the new vehicles with a low height ‘Slipstream’ body for 3.5t GVW vehicles, including fridge units to keep groceries at the required temperature.
“Supermarkets like Tesco have been especially important over the past pandemic-gripped year, adapting to meet incredible demands and Iveco are ideally placed to be able to support and continue this mission,” said Mike Cutts, Iveco UK’s light business-line director.
Iveco has been supplying vans to Tesco.com for more than a decade, with some 900 Daily vehicles currently residing on the fleet. In total, since 2010, Tesco has operated 5,144 Daily chassis cabs fitted with climate-controlled bodies.