Two new i6 integral coaches have gone into service with long-standing Irizar customer Barnes Coaches of Swindon, bringing the total number of Irizar integral coaches supplied to the UK over the 400-mark.
The two new coaches are a 14.1m, 61-seater tri-axle and a 12.9m 53-seater which replace older coaches on the 36-strong fleet.
“This latest acquisition brings about three-quarters of our fleet up to Euro VI standard, which is of increasing importance with more cities introducing Clean Air Zones,” says director Luke Barnes.
The new integrals feature passenger seat back and cushion laterals which are leather-trimmed, and the seats are fitted with T-type footrests, magazine holders, and seat-back tables. Other passenger refinements include aisle lights, drinks machines and USB charging points, and leather driver and courier seats have been fitted.
DAF’s latest Euro VI C engines power the new coaches. The tri-axle has a 449hp MX-11 330 , while the 12.9m coach has a 367hp MX-11 270.
The MX-11 330 is the most powerful 11-litre coach engine in DAF’s new range, and offers 2,300 Nm or torque from 900 to 1,125 rpm, while the MX-11 270’s torque output is 1,900 Nm, available from 900 to 1,125 rpm.
Irizar (UK) director Julie Hartley adds: “Reaching the 400-unit landmark in the United Kingdom is a significant milestone both for us here and our colleagues in Spain. After just eight years in the market, Irizar is now firmly established as a real force in UK coaching, with our reputation for passenger-appeal, easy maintenance, and first-class support continuing to win us new customers throughout the country.”