• Jul 25, 2007

The Fiat group seems to be on a ceaseless campaign to bring its products to the U.S. market. A range of products from Alfa Romeo are in the pipeline for importation, the upcoming high-performance Abarth version of the new Fiat 500 has been tipped to make the trans-Atlantic voyage, and now Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has announced plans to bring the group's heavy truck subsidiary Iveco to the American market. But while the 500 and Alfas may take a while to make the trip, Marchionne has a much tighter time-frame in mind for Iveco, declaring that they company "will have something done within six to nine months." That's mighty soon.

Iveco, short for Industrial Vehicle Corporation, builds close to half a million diesel engines and some 200,000 commercial vehicles every year, including heavy trucks, military vehicles, fire engines, buses, vans and even a formula racing truck that makes NASCAR Craftsman Series trucks look like toys.

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      We have very little choice here in the USA when it comes to cargo vans, GM disconntinued the Astro, It will be nice to see Iveco cargo vans here, They are very popular in Europe.
      I wish Ford, GM, Mercedes Benz, Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi and Hyundai would offer us smaller cargo vans that they sell in all other parts of the world, we are missing out. We need another small to Astro sized van.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh what the heck, it replied to the wrong post.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm having the same problem!
        Hino has been in "Canada" for many years and assumed it would have been in the USA longer, as is the norm.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I spotted an article from early May about a rumor of a joint-venture between Iveco and Navistar
      http://www.abcmoney.co.uk/news/04200766483.htm

      Also, a little interesting trivia, Fiat is the major shareholder of CNH who owns Case-IH (the former agricultural part of International Harvester who merged with Case) and New Holland http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CNH_Global
      • 7 Years Ago
      They are going to have to distance themselves from the Fiat name as far as they can. Fiat doesn't have the best rep around here.

      @bigdoggy: that truck in the center is as close as you are going to get.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, Iveco sold medium-duty trucks in the USA in the 80's and early 90's. They still sell diesel industrial engines and generators, so they have a parts and service network and there are companies that service their trucks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hi all,

      I write you from Spain. Do you know if it is possible to find Iveco Daily for sell in USA?

      Thank you in advance for your co-operation.

      Best regards,
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, i thought that i saw a few Iveco trucks around. Iveco also sells trucks in Australia which uses pretty much the same trucks as NA market, so they could just import them from Down Under.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am sure that especially the Daily will be an interesting alternative to the Mercedes Sprinter. It's 3.0l SOFIM common rail diesel is very economical and the van is relatively cheap. I drove one between 2000 and 2002 (longest, heighest version, with the 2.8l SOFIM) and usually got between 16 and 28mpg. 16 is not so bad for constantly travelling at 95mph on German Autobahns. I honestly doubt any US vans of this size get similar mileages.

        • 7 Years Ago
        When i started, my savanna was 44,600, i couldn't find a new sprinter for less than 52,000

        my van was getting the rear tranny seal replaced, and i was forced to use the company sprinter for 3 days, and i must say: i will take the fuel economy hit in exchange for the ability to climb hills with 1600lbs in the back :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        for the last year, i drove a 06 GMC savanna with a detuned(265hp) 6.6l. it hit about 25mpg on a light day, 16-17 on a heavy day. 510km/day, largely highway at 110kph. heavy day meaning 1600lbs out, 1600lbs in. light day being cruising at 100kph all day, basically idling the rest

        although this was all highway/small town, so it wasn't pushed too hard apart from those hectic days when i really had to get there.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes, you really have to rev the Sprinters I4s. The V6 has more torque, but is also more expensive. MB unfortunately does not have something like the 3.0l I4 SOFIM. They probably should opt for the 4.2l (?) Cummins I4 for the Dodge Sprinter...

        The Sprinter is brought as CKD from germany which is a very expensive way of importing trucks, importing IVECOs from Brazil should turn out cheaper. At least here in Europe Dailys are 15 to 30% cheaper than similar Sprinters. The only real advantage of having an MB is their 24/7 service, something many IVECO shops do not offer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, Hino trucks have only been selling on a massive scale recently (I'm used to seeing Freightliners and such) here and service centers only started spreading around two years ago.

      And have you seen their interiors? The steering wheels scream 80s Ford Truck, but again who cares? It's a Toyota! It's awesome! :rolleyes:

      Funny thing is some contractors and construction companies still rely on the old late 80's Ford trucks (I mean, the big ones, not the F-series... Or is it the F-series? I can't say for sure, trucks aren't my area of expertise) and they're still doing a great job.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If anyone is in need of Iveco parts, I am an authorized dealer and can get virtually any Iveco item. You can email me at eric@allianceglobalincorp.com or call 352-514-4299.
      Eric
      • 7 Years Ago
      http://hinogatineau.com/images/258.jpg (that's the one I see the most)

      They actually manufacture them in Ontario? Must explain why I'm seeing a lot, then.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Those are the new conventionals . Well. for two years now. They made a cabover for decades and proved to be real reliable. As AlexP indicated, the interiors are old fashioned. NO trucker buys them for appearance but for the durability. It's got nothing to do with "if you like Toyota". These are workhorses. Many are unaware that Toyota & Hino are in the same bed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Truckers don't buy them, companies renewing their fleets do.

        They make sure you know they're part of Toyota here with ads and such, so you can assume that they're "reliable" and "awesome" like all those other Toyotas.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Interesting. Anyone know if they plan to sell over the road trucks? I don't see any conventionals in the pics, if so they will find it hard to sell cabovers. Every company has since abandoned that design. Drivers like hoods on their trucks! Besides there easier to service, etc.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Navistar has started selling COEs. I believe that GM is still selling the Isuzu version as well. There is a great demand for small cabovers ever since Hino stopped making them. Hino should have continued with them.
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