Elliotts, a 179-year-old, family-owned builders merchants group based throughout Hampshire and Dorset has been running Iveco trucks for 15 years and is now switching its smaller vehicles over to the brand too.
After taking delivery of six new 3.5-tonne Iveco Daily chassis cab vehicles in February, each fitted with a VFS drop-side body, the Elliotts fleet hit 43 in total, all Iveco. With this switch having been well-received among management and the drivers, the company has since ordered a further three. The new Daily vehicles are well specified, featuring the eight-speed ‘Hi-Matic’ automatic gearbox and a 140-horsepower 2.3-litre diesel.
The decision to replace its old vehicles with Iveco Daily models came after the business ordered a 7.2-tonne Daily with a tail-lift equipped body for its Lymington-based business last year. Elliotts’ operations support manager, Gary Tippen, consulted with the firm’s drivers to identify the optimal vehicle specification and has since received nothing but great feedback about Daily, leading already to repeat orders.
“We’re keen to support the drivers with the right tools for their job and so far with Daily the drivers absolutely love them,” says Gary. “If we look after the driver and they’re comfortable in a lovely cab with a nice gearbox, air conditioning and built-in navigation, they’re going to look after the vehicle far better, and that’s true across the range.
Elliotts takes staff welfare and safety seriously with these latest vehicles carefully curated to make the most of Iveco Daily’s comfort and functionality features to boost productivity and driver satisfaction.
Painted its usual bright red and finished off by the smart light signature of the new full-LED headlights, the vehicles build further upon the already functional Business specification. Air conditioning for south coast summers comes as standard, as is cruise control and electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors. The LED headlights increase low-light visibility and hazard perception by up to 15%, while the fog lights also activate at lower speeds in tandem with inputs from the steering and/or directional indicators to illuminate tighter bends and junctions.
The 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio and Bluetooth features navigation as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. The TomTom-based navigation system can be adjusted to take into account the overall vehicle size and weight to banish unsuitable route choices and therefore improve delivery times.
Working closely with bodybuilder, VFS Southampton, modifications to the bodywork have been undertaken to ensure the greatest levels of operational safety. Extra grab handles, steps and load tie-down hooks have been incorporated, while the tailboard features graphics to increase other road users’ awareness of potential blind spots.
Currently, the company runs its vehicles on a 10-year change cycle and expects the Daily fleet to cover 30,000 miles annually. Most of the fleet is covered by an Iveco On package with every vehicle connected to the Iveco Control Room. Running data is constantly monitored to provide early warning of maintenance requirements to aid in forward planning to increase uptime and lower the Total Cost of Ownership.