Supplied by IVECO Retail in Hayes, the Greenford-based operator’s new additions are two 3.5-tonne Daily panel vans, plus eight 3.5-tonne and two 7.2-tonne Daily chassis cabs, and represent a switch to IVECO from a rival marque.
Five of the 3.5-tonne Daily chassis cabs (35C14) are fitted with dropside bodies and mesh tail-lifts by Ingimex, with the remaining three having plant bodies built by Shawtrack. Each Daily panel van (35S14) has a cargo volume of 10.8m3.
Both the 3.5-tonners and chassis cabs are powered by a 2.3-litre diesel engine delivering 134bhp and 350Nm of torque.
The larger 7.2-tonne Daily chassis cabs (72C18), which are also fitted with Shawtrack plant bodies, are powered by a 3.0-litre engine delivering 178bhp and 430Nm of torque.
Rob Cox, managing director at 1st Choice, says: “We need a rugged vehicle that can handle our day-to-day work, especially as we transport diggers, dumpers and even three-tonne excavators. IVECO proved to us that the Daily is more than up to the task and the whole package they offered made it a no brainer.”
All 12 vehicles will deliver construction tools and machinery to customers in London and the South East. Each is expected to clock up 35,000 miles a year and will remain in service for five years.
All new vehicles have been supplied with a five-year IVECO Elements R&M contract.