United Parcel Service (UPS), has selected the Iveco’s Daily City Truck 65C15 chassis cowl as the basis for its ‘P82’ multi-drop urban distribution vehicle.

Over 300 of these 6 tonne Gross Vehicle Weight vehicles will enter operation in Western Europe during 2002, with 91 right-hand drive models destined for the UK.

Peter Harris, Automotive Director for UPS North Europe said: ”When we looked at the market for a partner to build the P82 with, Iveco were chosen because of their ability to offer all the support we needed together with the lowest life cost on the Daily chassis cowl.”

The P82’s aluminium body is designed to have a second life on a new chassis-cowl so that the long life potential of rust-free aluminium can be realised whilst keeping the engine and chassis up to date.

The P82 is also designed so that the driver is able to walk through a bulkhead door into the cargo area. UPS also says that the P82 minimises fuel consumption through a reduced frontal area compared to a similar capacity 6.5 / 7.5 tonne box bodied truck.

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“With our previous model we consistently achieved 15 per cent more productivity over the industry standard 7.5 tonne box, and we are expecting the P82 to be even more effective, possibly the most effective vehicle of its type in the world,” added Mr Harris.

The previous model was based on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis.