DAF reliability and economy powered Avalon Coaches to choose Irizar i6 integrals
Outstanding performance from a DAF-engined coach, already operated by the company, led Avalon Coaches of Glastonbury to choose Irizar when the time came to replace two coaches fitted with drivelines from another manufacturer in the 27-vehicle fleet.
General manager Clayton Roper said the DAF engine outperformed all others on fuel economy, and the DAF-powered coach that was already on-fleet “never misses a beat.”
The new arrivals are 53-seat Irizar i6 integral coaches, powered by DAF’s advanced MX11 271 369 hp engine, which drives through a ZF Ecolife Coach six-speed automated transmission.
Avalon Coaches specialises in UK private hire, excursions and holidays, with large corporate clients including a major public school, brewing giant Heineken, David Urquhart Travel and rail replacement services for First Great Western, as well as its own-account work.
Passenger amenities on the two new 12.9-metre Irizar i6 coaches include three-point seat belts, drinks machines, seat tables, magazine nets and footrests. Each coach also has a driver’s bunk and wood-effect floor.
Clayton Roper said he was delighted with the performance of the Irizar i6 integrals since their delivery in May, and he was looking forward to the arrival of an additional DAF-engined Irizar to replace a coach fitted with another manufacturer’s driveline in October, as the company continued its switch over to DAF power.
The coaches are maintained in-house by the operator, and Clayton Roper said the new Irizars would remain on the fleet for at least five years, “but if they continue to perform well we’d be happy to keep them for longer,” he added.
Established for over 40 years, Avalon Coaches was given new impetus when the business was taken over by recycling truck manufacturer CWS Engineering eight years ago. The company operates from the historic town of Glastonbury, Somerset.