i6 integral cost effective, says Golden Boy
After a tour of the factory in Spain, Hertfordshire operator Golden Boy immediately decided to buy an i6 Integral from Irizar UK.
Golden Boy Director Geraldine McIntyre and Fleet Engineer Paul Murdoch were taken on the tour of the ultra-modern facility earlier this year, and put in an order as soon as they returned: “Geraldine and Paul were very impressed with what they saw. But when we put the order in, the delivery timing was crucial to us,” said Managing Director Terry McIntyre.
“To their credit, Irizar UK delivered the vehicle exactly when they said they would; and in our experience, that’s rare when buying coaches.” Terry says the 12.9-metre 53-seat touring coach has been living up to other promises, too, having performed faultlessly in a six-week shakedown.
The timing of the order coincided, sadly, with the loss of Terry and Geraldine McIntyre’s dad, also Terry, and to mark his passing, the coach carries the moniker ‘Terry Senior’: “We have a tradition of the vehicles being named ‘Master John’ and after other family members, so it seemed appropriate,” says Terry. “Dad was active in the business until the day he passed on.
“We are well known for operating Van Hools but wanted a cost-effective way of maintaining our low fleet age, which currently averages 3½ years. We didn’t see the i6 as being a frontline continental tourer but it has already been to Bruges. It has given us no trouble at all, though we have operated it just six weeks so far.”
Golden Boy has specified PB seats, extra marker lights and a built-in vacuum cleaner in addition to the climate control system, twin-screen DVD and other refinements which come as standard on the i6. It is powered by DAF PACCAR’s 410bhp MX300 engine and has the ZF AS-Tronic autoshift gearbox.
Golden Boy, based at Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire, operates 17 full-sized coaches and a fleet of mini- and midi-coaches from purpose-built premises, with a great deal of its work inside the M25 and around London.