Irizar to mark 130th anniversary with special edition coach for UK
Spanish coach manufacture Irizar is celebrating 130 successful years of business, and to mark the occasion is building a series of special edition coaches for the UK, incorporating exclusive features at no extra cost.
The vehicles are i6S Integals, and represent the latest in technology from Irizar and its engine supplier: DAF.
Built on the popular 12.9 m length, the 130 Anniversary Editions are available with either 53 or 57 seats and offer passengers the most luxurious travel experience at no extra cost to the operator.
Specification includes iLeather seat piping, head-rests and laterals, USB charging points and seat-back tables.
The latest DAF MX-11 300 408 bhp engine is installed, driving ZF’s EcoLife automatic transmission, which suits the coach equally to long-haul journeys and city tours.
Other passenger comforts include a centre toilet, Bosch Smart Series Audio, twin-monitor Actia DVD system, and tinted windows.
Passenger safety is assured by three-point belts, advanced emergency braking system (AEBS), lane departure warning system (LDWS) and active cruise control (ACC).
Vehicle information is enhanced by a 12-month free subscription to iPanel, Irizar’s online telematics and tracking system, provided in partnership by sister company Datik.
Contact Irizar (UK) to secure your order now.
In 1889 Jose Antonio Irizar decided to expand his business from making iron fittings for other carriage –makers into creating horse-drawn vehicles in his own right. For almost 30 years, the Irizar name was established as a manufacturer of elegant and efficient carriages and stagecoaches.
But in 1928, Irizar manufactured its first bodywork for a motor-vehicle: the bonneted 28-seat Crocodile. In 1948, metal bodywork began to replace wood, and in 1951, Irizar’s first double-decker coach was constructed.
Coaches with sleek, streamlined bodies were the mainstay of production in the 1950s, but the company also produced citybuses to meet growing demand for urban travel.
Reform in the 1960s saw the company become a co-operative as the Irizar family sought greater involvement from the workforce in the enterprise.
By 1970, Irizar was established as a manufacturer of high-end touring coaches with air-conditioning replacing opening windows and roof-hatches, and the late 1980s saw it grow into a company with international export markets for its revolutionary Century coach.
In the 1990s, Irizar expanded production outside Spain, with factories in North and South America, and this international expansion extended to South Africa in 2004.
While the world was rocked by financial crisis in 2009, Irizar took the bold step of expanding from building bodywork on chassis supplied by other manufacturers to constructing its own vehicles in entirety, and the Irizar Integal was born.
Additionally, the company expanded into technical fields such as electronics and IT that would give it the lead in the future of urban transportation, and focused on improving the quality and reliability of its mainstream products.
The fist Irizar all-electric buses appeared in 2014, with the stunning i8 Integral flagship coach being rolled out the following year.
And in 2016, Irizar launched the stunning i6S Integral, which built a whole new level of style and electronic sophistication onto the well-established I6 platform.
Future developments for Irizar include increasing emphasis on Integral coaches, including hybrid drivelines, and electric urban mass transit vehicles that offer the sophistication of trams without the expensive and inflexible infrastructure.