Irizar (UK) hits 400 with Barnes duo

Irizar (UK) has now sold 400 vehicles in the UK since being established in 2011.

The landmark achievement has come after longstanding Irizar customer, Barnes Coaches of Swindon, took two more i6 Integral coaches. The two new vehicles are among the first to feature the latest DAF Euro VI C engine technology.

The pair consists of a 14.1m, 61-seater tri-axle and a 12.9m 53-seater. They replace older coaches on the 36-strong fleet. The longer coach is powered by DAF’s MX-11 330 449hp engine, while its smaller stablemate has the MX-11 270 generating 367bhp. The MX-11 330 is the most powerful 11-litre coach engine in DAF’s new range, and offers 2,300Nm or torque from 900 to 1,125rpm. The MX-11 270’s torque output is 1,900 Nm, which is again available from 900 to 1,125rpm. Both of the new coaches for Barnes are driven through the ZF EcoLife fully-automatic transmission.

Irizar (UK) Director, Julie Hartley, said: “Reaching the 400-unit landmark in the UK 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. We are delighted that these landmark vehicles have gone to Barnes, who have been a very loyal customer for us over the years since they took their first Irizar Integrals in 2015.”

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