A Golden Opportunity: First order for an Irizar i6S Efficient Integral is announced

Golden Boy Coaches of Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire is the first UK based company to place an order for a new Irizar i6S Efficient Integral, powered by DAF.

A Golden Opportunity: First order for an Irizar i6S Efficient Integral is announced

Golden Boy Coaches of Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire is the first UK based company to place an order for a new Irizar i6S Efficient Integral, powered by DAF.

At 13.2m long (triaxle, superhigh single deck), the new coach will come equipped with 53 passenger seats, offering plenty of legroom for passenger comfort. Half iLeather trim will give a touch of luxury, with quilted side wings adding to the effect.  Each seat will be equipped with lap belts and USB connectivity.

Golden Boy have opted to specify PSVAR preparation only on this occasion, having purchased two fully compliant i6S earlier this year.  With the future proofing in place, residual value will be protected.

The coach will be propelled by DAFs smoothly efficient MX11 330kw, OBD-E euro 6 engine, with an output of 449hp, coupled to, and further enhancing the quality of the ride, ZF’s Ecolife 6 speed fully automatic gearbox.

Paul Murdoch, Director at Golden Boy Coaches, said: “We chose Irizar again this season as we feel it represents value for money with a good residual return, we’ll also benefit from the anticipated efficiency of the new model, as any saving on fuel is always welcome”.

Julie Hartley, Sales Director at Irizar UK, said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to continue the tradition with Golden Boy Coaches in taking our newly launched models.  The innovation that we see with the new i6S Efficient will no doubt reap benefits for the operator in terms of improved fuel consumption and increased service intervals, which in turn will assist in reduced total cost of ownership and a maximisation of profit.”

The new i6S Efficient based on the Integral platform sees a reduction of 900kgs, achieved mainly through a transition to using high strength steel and modern composites, an optimised layout rebalances the vehicle and also helps achieve greater internal space.

Aerodynamic coefficient has seen a reduction of 30% and combined with the weight saving and other adjustments results in a 13% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

These benefits come soon after those made in 2018, where improvements in the DAF/ZF driveline, overall reduction in weight and the power on demand electrification of key componentry resulted in up to 6% improvement in fuel consumption. Operating costs were also reduced through lower R&M processes, including increases to the oil and coolant change intervals and DPF cleaning interval.

The Golden Boy i6S Efficient is scheduled for delivery in the autumn of 2022.