Coach Options goes for i6 economy
North west operator Coach Options stuck with its favoured DAF driveline with the i6 Integral it collected this summer, and has been impressed with fuel economy at an early stage.
“The fuel economy is superb,” said Paul Stone, Managing Director of Rochdale, Greater Manchester-based Coach Options. “We have been getting 11.9 mpg from delivery, before the engine has really been run in.”
Coach Options takes seriously the practicality of the coaches it buys. Paul says the layout of the 12.9-metre i6 Integral – 57-seats and toilet available on two axles without compromising legroom – was a primary attraction.
“But I also like the styling, which although very modern, doesn’t seem to date. It shares styling cues with the PBs we had.”
Coach Options, a family-run business, plumped for the i6 Integral after visiting Irizar’s Spanish factory for the launch of the premium i8 Integral early this year: “I was very impressed with what I saw. I’d been to the factory eight or nine years ago and there have been vast changes.”
Paul said the loss of several premium coaches from the UK marketplace now has him focussed on the i8, as Coach Options has a lot of sports team work. But the i6 Integral has had positive feedback from other of its niche market customers – pilgrims to Lourdes!: “And our driver is really pleased with it.”
Coach Options’ i6 Integral has DAF’s MX11 engine and ZF EcoLife automatic gearbox. It joins a fleet of twelve quality coaches, seven of which are full-sized tourers.