First two-axle Irizar i8 Integral for the UK

First two-axle Irizar i8 Integral for the UK

White’s of St Albans has ordered what will be the first two-axle Irizar i8 Integral in Britain here at Coach & Bus UK 2019.

Confirming the order, Director Greg White said: “White’s of St Albans is celebrating its 60th birthday in 2020, and as such we wanted to buy something very special.

“We believe the Irizar i8 Integral is the pinnacle of the industry, and we are delighted to be the first operator in the UK to order a two-axle, 12.4 metre version. As with all our vehicles, our focus is to provide the very best travel experience for all our clients, and as such we are happy to have fewer seats and more space for each passenger.

“The i8 Integral with 44 seats, WC and servery will provide all of these things and a whole lot more, which is exactly what we want for our clients as we continue in the relationship we have built up with Irizar UK.”

Supplied with 44 leather-upholstered seats, White’s i8 Integral will be powered by an economical DAF MX-11 330, 449 hp engine, driving through a ZF EcoLife automatic transmission.

Interior features will include a centre toilet, seat-back tables, multi-position footrests and three-point seatbelts. Bosch audio and visual entertainment systems will be fitted, and the saloon will benefit from a wood-effect floor. A servery is to be installed by AD Coach Systems.

A vacuum cleaner will keep the coach interior immaculate while in use, and black-tinted windows will further enhance the kerb appeal of this unique and luxurious vehicle.

Normally built as a tri-axle, the Irizar i8 Integral is well established as the flagship coach for the UK’s most prestigious operators, but this is the first example to be supplied as a two-axle coach to Britain.

Sales director Julie Hartley said: “Irizar’s capacity to supply a unique vehicle like the 12.4-mtre, two-axle i8 Integral to a loyal and valued customer like White’s indicates the commitment that the factory has to meeting the needs of the UK market as well as its ability to provide exactly the right product.

“We are looking forward to doing more business with customers old and new during the duration of the show, which is a key event, not just for Irizar UK, but also for the parent company in Spain.”