Irizar (UK) wins major Ellisons Travel order
One of the most prestigious coach operators in the UK has confirmed a continuing intake of new vehicles from Irizar UK on the eve of Coach & Bus UK 19.
In addition to the flagship i8 Integral on the Irizar UK stand, Ellisons Travel of St Helens has already taken four new i6S Integral tri-axles this year, and a further four will be delivered in the first quarter of 2020.
Announcing the deal, Irizar UK sales director Julie Hartley said she was delighted that Ellisons Travel was continuing its relationship with Irizar UK.
“Ellisons is a very highly-valued and long-established customer for Irizar UK,” she said. “Ellisons Travel continues to set a very high standard for customer comfort, service and safety within the coach industry, and as a supplier of flagship vehicles Irizar UK is delighted to be a part of this.”
The i8 Integral on Irizar UK’s stand at Coach & Bus 19 is typical of the quality travel experience that Ellisons provides its highly discerning customers, which include half of the Premier League’s football clubs.
Designed to provide accessible luxury travel, the 14.07 m tri-axle has 55 full-leather seats, and features a Masats KS8 wheelchair lift mounted over the rear axles and a floor-level toilet to the rear, complete with electric hand-dyer. This makes the coach ideal for applications such as cruise work, where some passengers could have mobility issues.
Other passenger comforts include magazine holders, seat-back tables and footrests, while entertainment is provided by a Bosch Professional Line audio system and twin-monitor Actia DVD player.
Crews are catered for by leather upholstered driver and guide seats, and a leather-trimmed steering-wheel.
Full spray-suppression aids safety and helps to keep the coach clean, while cant-rail lighting and black-tinted windows boost its already impressive external appearance.
Driveline is the top-of-the range DAF MX-13 390 530 hp engine driving through the latest ZF Traxon automated manual gearbox to provide the ultimate in smoothness and efficiency.
All eight new i6S Integral tri-axles are equipped to a similar high specification, and each of the 14.07m coaches has 57 full-leather seats. Lateral displacement creates extra space for passengers.
Other features include a floor-level rear-mounted toilet with electric hand-dryer, seat-back tables with magazine nets and footrests, USB points and wood-effect flooring.
There is a Bosch Smart Series audio system backed by a twin-monitor Actia DVD player.
The driver and guide seats are both leather upholstered, as is the steering-wheel. Outside, there is cant-rail lighting and black-tinted windows.
Safety features include adaptive and predictive cruise control systems.
Just as with the i8 Integral show vehicle, Ellisons has chosen the top driveline option for the new i6S Integrals: a DAF MX-13 390 530 hp engine and ZF Traxon transmission.
Ellisons director Andy Magowan said: “These latest orders for Irizar Integral coaches indicate our continuing faith in the company and its products. Ellisons Travel conducts a diverse range of coaching work, including transportation of Premiership football teams, excursions for cruise passengers, and serving the needs of corporate customers. One thing that all these groups have in common is the expectation of a first-class, safe, reliable and comfortable travel experience. The Irizar Integral product enables us to deliver this.”