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Home delivery with ASDA and IVECO

Iveco is delivering a further 250 3.5 tonne Daily home delivery vehicles to supermarket giant Asda, as part of a total order for 700 identical light commercials placed during 2012. Forty of these vehicles are operating from Asda’s state-of-the-art new Home Shopping Centre in Nottingham, which was officially opened on 19 February 2013.

Asda Truck photoThis latest Daily 35S11 AGile order boosts the Asda home shopping fleet to more than 1,600 vehicles nationwide – of which 1,150 will be Dailys.  Iveco has secured 100 per cent of Asda’s home delivery fleet orders during 2011 and 2012, following a successful trial of 50 Dailys in 2010.

Sean Clifton, Asda’s Grocery Home Shopping Fleet Contract Manager, explains: “Asda conducted trials with the Daily three years ago and on the strength of its performance and projected whole life costs, we’ve been steadily growing our fleet with Iveco vehicles ever since.”

The latest Daily chassis cabs to enter service are mounted with Solomon multi-compartment refrigerated bodies and predominantly Hubbard temperature control units.  This specification allows Asda to transport a mix of ambient, chilled and frozen produce directly from Asda stores to the customer’s front door.

Commenting on the performance of the Dailys, Clifton adds: “Our home delivery operation is one of the most challenging applications for any light commercial vehicle, due to the length of each vehicle’s working day and the number of loads we carry every 24 hours.

“Despite this, the Daily is proving incredibly durable, and the introduction of the AGile automated transmission is making life easier for our drivers and helping to deliver important fuel savings which make our fleet even greener.”

In operation seven days a week, these latest vehicles will be in service with Asda for four years and have been supplied via Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions. Scheduled servicing and maintenance will be carried out overnight via the Iveco dealer network, helping to ensure maximum fleet uptime for Asda during the busiest periods of the day.

All 700 Dailys ordered in 2012 benefit from the latest interior upgrades which include a new adjustable steering column, in combination with a seat which offers a greater range of adjustment enabling more drivers to find the optimum position for maximum comfort. The dashboard has also been enhanced, offering improved readability of the instrument panel and better cross-cab access.

Each of the vehicles is powered by a 2.3 litre FPT Industrial engine capable of delivering up to 106 hp between 2,700 and 3,900 rev/min, and up to 270 Nm of torque between 1,800 and 2,600 rev/min.

 

2 comments

  1. “Despite this, the Daily is proving incredibly durable, and the introduction of the AGile automated transmission is making life easier for our drivers and helping to deliver important fuel savings which make our fleet even greener.”

    Really? I work for Asda and we have to drive these steaming piles of so called vans and the gearbox is the most useless thing you’ve ever had to use in your entire life. Period.

    Durable? less than 10 thousand miles in some of ours are already playing up. Duff gearboxes……

    It can never decide what gear it wants to be in, and changes up and/or down at the most absurd moments. Going up or down hill is alarmingly dangerous as the gearbox refuses to do anything. Its party trick is to change up as you turn a sharp corner or into a junction, then as you go nowhere it decides to change back down. It has a manual mode which makes it more interesting, but it would be easier if it just had a clutch pedal instead of having electronic wizardry choosing when to change. Or be a proper automatic, perhaps.

    Economy? really? lucky to get 20 odd to the gallon although we are told we should be getting 26.

    Comfort? The steering wheel maybe adjustable for height but its at the wrong angle entirely. Imagine a 1980 mini metro. Because of this no matter how much you adjust the seat your never comfortable. Because you have to sit at such an odd angle to actually drive the thing, you cant use the sunvisors, and you cant see the ‘enhanced’ instrument panel. Nor can you reach the indicator stalks properly.

    Theres nowhere in the vehicle to put anything. The cubbys and storage spaces are pretty much useless. Anything you put in them falls out the moment the van decides to lurch forward after changing gear just when you didn’t expect it or want it.

    Brand new? these Ivecos are based on Vauxhall Movanos, which were new in what? 1999? They were not much good then and its no suprise vauxhall fobbed them off to cheapskates like iveco.

    Oh and another fun thing, it doesn’t have any sidelights per se, it only has a headlights on headlights off switch. It turns the sidelights on itself when the engine is running. But only the front sidelights. There is no sidelights on the rear. Clever, but not when parked up on some remote country lane trying to deliver some toffs shopping in the darkest of the dark. You cant leave anything on light wise other than hazards.

    I could go on, but lifes too short…..!!!

    The truth is its saving Asda several millions a year and thats what it boils down to. Yadda yadda super gearbox, super dashboard. They are cheap.

    Id never heard of Mr Clifton, but would be interested to know if he or his team has ever actually driven these damn vans……and if they replaced his company Mercedes with a Dacia, i’m sure he”d be similarly bemused as many of us are…..

    Can we have our Mercedes back? Now theres a PROPER van.

  2. I also work for asda and have to agree with luke skywalker on this one we have a pretty tired fleet atm apart from our new merc, we have 3 mercs and 2 iveco dailys and merc merc’s outperform the ivecos every step of the way both the ivecos with on 2011’s with coming up for 90K on the clock have have new gearboxes one at 18K and one at 35K numerous ignition barrels as they are too weak, they’ve been in the garage more times than i care to think with numerous electrical problems and also like luke said the gearboxes in them are horrendous ours seem to kangaroo whilst reversing and you can be going along a dual carriage/motorway way at 54mph in 6th gear then it will suddenly change down into 3rd/4th and make you feel like its trying to propel you through the windscreen. Many of the faults with our ivecos have been from day one. Whereas our mercs barely ever have anything wrong with them, one of them hasn’t even broke down once mercedes wise anyways and it does 30mpg unlike the 22 of the ivecos. They bought cheap with the ivecos but end up paying for in the long run with all the breakdown costs.