Irizar’s i6S Integral showpiece is new South East Coaches flagship
The stunning Irizar i6S Integral coach that stole the show at last year’s Coach & Bus UK event at the NEC has found a new home at South East Coaches, based in Essex.
Owner-director Graeme Farrington says: “I started the business in 2011 with one coach, and since then have increased the fleet by one unit a year. The mainstays of the business are third-party tours, rail-replacement services and school hires, plus some private-hire.
“This i6S Integral is my first new coach, and to be honest when I started up I did not think that I would be in the position of being able to make this kind of investment quite so quickly.
“But I have a requirement to run a very high-quality coach on five-day tours for David Urquhart Travel, and this vehicle fits the bill perfectly.”
The 12.9-metre coach has 53 i6 Plus seats with tables, a central sunken toilet, aircraft-style overhead luggage lockers and LED lighting.
Driver amenities are the best in the business, and include Adaptive Cruise Control and Irizar’s Human Machine Interface (HMI): a touchscreen which gives the driver intuitive control over many of the vehicle’s functions.
Power is provided by DAF’s advanced MX-11 271 engine with an output of 370 hp, driving through a ZF EcoLife automatic transmission.
“I was very glad to return to the DAF/ZF driveline, which our first two coaches had,” Graeme says. “It’s a superb combination. An added advantage for me is that the business is very close to Harris DAF, should mechanical problems ever arise.”
“But the two factors that swung it for me were the kerb-appeal of the i6S Integral, and the reputation that Irizar (UK) has for providing technical support on the spot and the overall customer service that is provided from start to finish. When as a relatively small and new business you invest in a new coach, you want to feel valued, and that’s how I feel with Irizar (UK).”
“I would also like to mention that the service provided by Mike Austin at Crystal Business Finance; Irizar (UK)’s approved finance broker; was outstanding. Having never financed before, Mike helped and advised me at every stage and found a great deal that was both affordable and reasonable for my business and the vehicle in question.”
“It’s great to have a vehicle which was built to such a high standard and turned so many heads at the show. I didn’t have to worry over the final details of the specification, or justify things like the wood-effect floor, they were on the vehicle already and it makes a fantastic package.”
“I can’t envisage a time when I will want to dispose of this coach. It will certainly stay with us for many years to come.”