Iveco could have its new Daily available to unveil in the UK at the Commercial Vehicle Show in April.
The Italian manufacturer has confirmed the next generation of the heavy van will go on sale this year but admitted the timing of its debut would depend upon when it could coordinate launches across European markets.
UK boss Claudio Zanframundo told What Van?: “We’re investigating the European market and still defining what to do at the CV Show. We must match the needs of the European market.”
With Euro 6 emissions legislation not coming into force until 2016 Zanframundo said Iveco would introduce the new Daily with Euro 5 engines and add Euro 6 versions in 2015.
The enforcement of the stricter emissions control at the start of this year had a dramatic impact on the UK’s heavy truck market with operators scrambling to snap up Euro 5 vehicles before the year-end deadline – causing a 200% year-on-year hike in December registrations.
But Zanframundo does not expect the law to have a similar affect on the LCV sector because the price uplift between Euro 5 and Euro 6 models will be far smaller.
He added that there are more retail customers (owner drivers and small businesses) operating in the LCV sector who will be less affected by the legislation than the major transport companies that dominate the HGV market.
“There will be a price rise but it will be less severe than in trucks,” he said.
Zanframundo added that the economic upturn and returning confidence on the high street should ensure stability and steady growth continued in the van sector.
“A possible rise in interest rates should be ironed out by the recovery,” he said.
Iveco facelifted the current Daily in late 2011 but bigger changes in design are on the cards this time with a spokesman promising: “It will not just be a new dashboard.”
The firm will expect the new model to boost sales. In 2013 it sold 3275 Dailys – down 8.9% year-on-year.