Striking black Daily gears up for HL Smith Transmissions 26 January 2010

The first Iveco to join Wolverhampton-based HL Smith Transmissions fleet of light commercials is a striking black Daily 35S12 panel van.

Russell Smith, managing director of HL Smith Transmissions, says that his new Daily is the launch vehicle for the company's new corporate livery, which has seen the 3.5 tonner wrapped in high-resolution graphics depicting key commercial vehicle components.

"We have a lot of experience working on vehicles in the Iveco range, which led to us selecting a Daily for our mobile support fleet," says Smith. "Driver feedback has been very positive since we put the vehicle on the road and it's living up to the busy nature of life in our fleet."

In fact, this Daily is a product support vehicle, used for mobile diagnostics and fitting remanufactured transmission parts – including installing manual and automatic gearboxes, differentials, axles, propshafts and power steering boxes into vans, trucks, buses, coaches and military vehicles.

HL Smith Transmissions also uses it for fitting Allison World Series transmissions into municipal vehicles, typically on-site at commercial vehicle dealerships nationwide.

Supplied by Chatfields in Manchester, the Daily is operated by a two-man crew and has been equipped with a post-crane, mounted in the rear of the loadspace for lifting products in and out of the vehicle.

"Another key reason which made the Daily so attractive was its projected whole life costs, in comparison with our existing light commercials," comments Smith.

"We typically run our product support vehicles for between three and four years from new, covering an average of 50,000 to 60,000 miles a year, and expect the Daily to deliver savings for the business," he adds.

Brian Tinham

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