New i6S Integral launch a hit as The Kings Ferry buys a matching pair
Irizar (UK) has got its launch of the new i6S Integral coach off to the best-possible start by supplying two new tri-axles to long-standing customer The Kings Ferry.
The first of the two i6S Integral tri-axles was handed over to Ian Fraser, managing director of The Kings Ferry, by Irizar (UK) director Steve O’Neil at the recent Coach and Bus UK Show at the NEC.
Kent-based, The Kings Ferry is renowned for its luxury coach hire fleet and high-quality London commuter services, and Ian Fraser emphasises that all the vehicles on the 75-strong fleet must be capable of undertaking the wide variety of work that the company covers. This makes the new i6S Integral, with its flagship levels of style, safety and sophistication, the ideal fit for The Kings Ferry’s diverse operations.
“All our coaches do all types of work. A coach might start the week on London commuting, then do private hires before setting off on a continental tour,” he explains. “The aim is that, whatever the coach is doing, the customer experience is of the same high quality. To this end, we have created an interior colour palette which gives all our vehicles an identical ‘Kings Ferry’ ambience, and a level of passenger amenity which includes an on-board toilet, DVD-player and USB points for all seats. Irizar understands this and has no difficulty in producing a coach to the correct specification for us.
“Another very important factor for us is the external appearance of the coach. We compete not just with other coach operators but also with other modes of transport including rail and private car. Any vehicle operated by us must have an element of style and presence on the road. Irizar has always built a good-looking coach, but the new i6S Integral takes things to the next level. It is outstanding.
“We really like the ultra-modern appearance and enhanced spec of the new i6S Integral. When you take everything into account it’s offered at a very competitive price. It’s not the cheapest coach, but it is very good value.”
The two new 14.07-metre i6S Integral tri-axles on The Kings Ferry’s fleet feature DAF’s latest MX-11 320 Euro VI OBD-C engine, which has an output of 435 hp and produces 2100 Nm of torque between 1000 and 1450 rpm, driving through a ZF EcoLife transmission. As befits their multiple roles, the new 57-seat coaches are equipped with wheelchair lifts, destination equipment, luxurious Irizar i6+ seating, and wood-effect flooring.
Safety and security features include a CCTV system, driver Alcolock, security hammers, and a Fogmaker automatic fire extinguisher system which has been fitted ahead of legislative requirements coming into force in June next year.