Irizar UK receive first Euro 6 order from The Kings Ferry
Irizar UK has taken its first order for a Euro 6 coach from prestigious operator The Kings Ferry – the Kent company’s first new DAF-powered coach for 25 years.
The i6 Integral is destined for the National Express-owned operator’s VIP fleet, and will be based at The Kings Ferry’s Gillingham travel centre. It is currently in build at Irizar’s state-of-the-art Spanish factory and will be completed this summer by AD Coach Systems of Stoke-on-Trent.
“As these vehicles are at the very top end of our fleet, we select our suppliers very carefully,” said Ian Fraser, Operations Director at The Kings Ferry. “When we test drove the Integral Irizar at our premises and had it over our pits we knew immediately that this was a premium product.
“The smoothness of the drivetrain we feel reflects the high-quality components used. The i6 tri-axle matches our requirements well, and we are confident the all-new DAF Euro 6 engine will give us class-leading fuel economy and a long service life,” said Ian.
The i6 Integral being supplied to The Kings Ferry is a 13.9-metre tri-axle with 36 leather seats arranged around nine tables. It has a rear kitchen with hot cupboard, microwave and filter coffee machine. Windows are privacy tinted and the coach is carpeted throughout.
Core customers include major football clubs, so the multi-screen Sky TV video system also accepts laptop inputs for training purposes, and for corporate use. An on-board inverter ensures the coach has stable 240-Volt power sockets.
The coach – in The Kings Ferry’s exclusive VIP livery – is powered by DAF-Paccar’s new MX-11-320, 435bhp engine, which can produce a massive 2,100Nm or torque. The power is delivered through a ZF AS-Tronic auto-shift gearbox.
“We were keen to ensure that our new VIP vehicle had excellent aftersales back-up and DAF’s network of service centres plus Irizar UK’s parts stock with Masterpart gives us the confidence to invest in this vehicle,” said Ian Fraser.