Catteralls could be back for more

Catteralls could be back for more

Warwickshire-based operator Catteralls of Southam are so impressed with the i6 Integral they’ve been running that they are already considering buying another.

The family-run 30-vehicle company – now in its third generation – had been looking for a high-capacity, three-axle coach for a while, then Paul Catterall spotted the i6 at last year’s Euro Bus Expo Show at the NEC: “When I saw it on the Irizar UK stand I was quite taken with it,” said Paul. “We ran DAF-based coaches back in the 1980s, and was always happy with them, so we decided to take the plunge.”

Paul Catterall accepts the keys to the new i6 from Julie Hartley, Business Development Manager for Irizar UK

Paul Catterall accepts the keys to the new i6 from Julie Hartley, Business Development Manager for Irizar UK

After a visit to Irizar’s impressive factory in Northern Spain, hosted by Irizar UK, Catteralls specified the 13.9-metre, 61-seat coach and awaited its arrival: “I like the style of Irizar vehicles. They are very attractive – almost ‘space age’ – and turn heads. In addition, this had the capacity we wanted with plenty of legroom.”

Now in the fleet for several weeks, and having completed a European run, the i6 has proven itself, said Paul: “Our drivers love it, and I’ve been very impressed. Most importantly, the customers are impressed with it – it’s really proving its worth, and occupying a special place in our fleet of older vehicles.”

Catteralls specified the i6 Integral with upgraded PB seats, a centre sunken toilet, drinks machine, powered locker doors, driver bunk, reversing camera, two-screen DVD and audio system and seatback tables throughout. A Euro 5 compliant vehicle, it has DAF’s MX340 engine and the dependable ZF AS-Tronic auto-shift transmission.

Catteralls was started by Roy Catterall but Paul took the reins when he was just 19 years old, 36 years ago. Paul’s son and daughters are also involved in the business. Catteralls runs a mixture of contracted European tour work, private hire, day trips and home-spun tours in the UaK and mainland Europe.