Irizar UK’s largest ever order
Irizar UK has landed the biggest order in its two year history, with a further six coaches sold to Clarkes of London. The operator’s 2013 fleet intake was entirely based on integral Irizar coaches, the Sydenham company ordering three i6 12.9m 57-seaters in 2012, following it with a further order for three. It has now ordered another six, which are the only coaches it will buy for the 2014 season. The vehicles have DAF Paccar’s 365bhp PR265 engines, ZF Ecolife fully automatic gearboxes, Alcoa alloy wheels and the Irizar i6 standard WABCO ECAS EBS ABS-ASR handling package. Inside, they have a two screen DVD media system, CCTV, half leather seats and headrests and seatback tables. A Hispacold climate control system, dash mounted fridge, hot drinks console and toilet are all installed. Not only has 2013 seen the dealer achieve this milestone order, it has also sold its 50th coach.
Clarkes MD, Debbie Newman, said, ‘The six i6 integrals we bought for 2013 went far beyond our expectations. Choosing a DAF engine with an integral was a new concept for us and it has proved advantageous; the vehicles have also been very well received by our high profile customers and driving force. Importantly, Irizar UK has been exceptionally supportive since we took the first i6s in March this year. It does reassure us that a former high-profile coach operator is behind the product. Irizar UK’s Commercial Director, Steve O’Neill, understands that, when a new batch of vehicles such as these are ordered, there are almost always teething problems. We accept that extremely complex coaches may have some niggling issues, but thanks to Steve’s prompt action, we have had very little downtime. Irizar has developed into a modern, quality driven manufacturer, particularly with regard to UK customers. The attitude of everyone we have met is “What can we do for you?” which is so refreshing.’