Established Guests Trucks customer, Mtec, has taken delivery of the first UK-registered new-generation IVECO S-WAY heavy truck ahead of the vehicle’s right-hand drive introduction later this year. The new addition is left hand drive for extended use across Europe, pulling climate-controlled trailers packed with artwork and exhibition goods across the continent with depots in the south-east of England, Belgium and Venice.
Ordered with the steering wheel on the left, this vehicle will live in mainland Europe for most of its working week and joins a busy fleet of 23 vehicles. The new IVECO S-WAY is in good company with over half of that number made up of climate-controlled IVECO Daily vans and specialist Stralis trucks.
Financed through a 60-month Hire Purchase agreement with IVECO Capital, the new vehicle has been delivered with a comprehensive 5-year Elements 3XL Repair & Maintenance contract.
“IVECO is very competitive with regards R&M,” said Mtec Managing Director, David Williams. “We did some costings over five years and factoring this in, we would save a good 30% by choosing IVECO.”
The new Mtec truck is an IVECO S-WAY AS440S57T/P 4×2 in white with dealer fitted colour-coded door mirrors and front grille. Based on what is now the market-leader for interior space, the AS sleeper cab, Mtec have opted for painted side-skirts, Premium Style Pack (aluminium air tanks, external sun visor, cab-colour plastics and an extended catwalk), light-weight Alcoa Dura-bright polished aluminium wheels, full LED tail and adaptive headlights as well as aftermarket LightFix Skyeyes corner lighting bars with LED spotlights and safety beacons.
Inside, the truck has been generously equipped with an integrated parking cooler, the Living Comfort Plus and Driving Comfort Plus Packs (air-suspended passenger seat, reclining lower bunk with Smart upper, ambient lighting, under cab storage, premium fridge, door roller blinds, climate control air conditioning, leather steering wheel, connectivity box and a 7” infotainment system incorporating a truck-focussed TomTom LIVE navigation system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, DAB radio & Bluetooth).
With often heavy loads aboard and regularly traversing the Alps, Mtec has chosen the flagship 12.9-litre CURSOR 13 diesel engine with 12-speed HI-TRONIX automated transmission, offering a class-leading torque-to-weight ratio. The high-power, high-efficiency engine is the most powerful 13-litre on the market, producing a EURO VI/d compliant 570-horsepower and 2,500 Newton metres of torque at between 1,000 and 1,605rpm. This has been combined with Rocking Mode for low-grip situations and IVECO HI-CRUISE, a system that uses GPS mapping to ascertain the most efficient gear selection for the road ahead.
David Williams saw some early drawings of what has become the new IVECO S-WAY and as soon as it was announced, decided that Mtec needed one on its fleet, commenting: “I always like new technology, and if it’s based on environmental prowess then even better. We were early adopters of EURO 6 back in 2013 and are looking at a move to CNG for our heavy trucks looking ahead, and IVECO are the pioneers in gas technology.”
“I met Bal Singh (Guests’ Key Account Director) by chance at the Commercial Vehicle Show a number of years ago. Impressed by his technical knowledge and the speed at which he dealt with a subsequent enquiry,” says David, “a few months later I ordered another pair of trucks from him. I can’t praise him or the rest of the Guests Peterborough team enough. In aftersales support too, they really have pulled out all the stops for us and long may our relationship continue.”
The new IVECO S-WAY builds on the brands core value of sustainable transport, with advanced aerodynamics contributing to a further 4% decrease in fuel consumption, combining a low TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) with additional reductions in NOx and CO2 emissions over its predecessor.
The new IVECO S-WAY is a 100% connected truck, with the infotainment and connectivity systems offering operators an impressive array of services such as a location tracking management tool and live connection to IVECO’s pan-European control centre which monitors the truck, allowing complete tailoring of maintenance dependent on usage. It can also enable proactive troubleshooting and Over-The-Air updates.
Aimed at enhancing the driver’s life on board, the new MyIVECO EASY Way app gives access to a variety of vehicular controls. Drivers can now use their smartphone to control lighting functions, lock and unlock the vehicle, adjust climate control settings and monitor driving data.
The striking new IVECO S-WAY range will offer operators a vehicle that delivers both strong cost savings and productivity gains attributed to advancements in its aerodynamics, outstanding driving experience, and a spacious, comfortable cab. Backed up by clean and efficient joint IVECO and FPT (Fiat Powertrain Technologies) engines, operators can be confident in their chosen partner for sustainable transport.
Commenting on the handover, Guest Trucks Managing Director, Rob Spittle says “We’re very proud to deliver the first UK-registered IVECO S-WAY. This truck represents a real step-change in appeal, for both drivers and fleet managers through outstanding TCO and a first-rate driving and living experience. We hope the Mtec team enjoy the new truck and we look forward to the arrival of right-hand drive vehicles later this year.”
“We’re exceptionally excited to see the first IVECO S-WAY on the roads sporting a UK registration,” adds Gareth Lumsdaine, IVECO UK’s Heavy Business-line Director. “Even better that the first should demonstrate so comprehensively the depth of specification that the new range offers in terms of connectivity, style, driver comfort and aerodynamics as this. Combine this with our robust R&M packages and low TCO, we have a true all-rounder when it comes competitiveness and desirability.”
The IVECO S-WAY arrives on UK shores in right-hand drive later this year, with a strong forward-order bank. Diesel-power is provided by Euro VI/d HI-SCR 8.7, 11.1 and 12.9-litre diesel engines capable of providing 330 to 570-horsepower. Natural Power will follow, offering a 340 and 400hp from the 8.7-litre CURSOR 9 and 460hp from the 12.9-litre CURSOR 13, both capable of running on Compressed or Liquid Natural Gas.
For more information on the IVECO S-WAY and to find your nearest IVECO dealer, visit www.ivecodealership.co.uk