Perfect 10 for Centurion’s tri-axle
Centurion Travel has given top marks to its 14-metre, 61-seat tri-axle i6 Integral after a month’s tour work.
The highly specified coach – the first using Irizar UK’s ‘all stainless’ steelwork option – went straight to work direct from the factory and hasn’t missed a beat. Managing Director of Centurion, Martin Spiller, said it has lived up to all expectations since they saw the coach at last year’s Coach and Bus Live show at the NEC.
“In the first place, it was delivered on time,” he said. “We loved the timeless look of the i6 and we’re fans of DAF engines and ZF transmission, and it had the luggage capacity we needed so it ticked all the boxes.
“We were also impressed by the enthusiasm of the team at Irizar UK in Worksop, and with the factory in Spain. Everyone put in a lot of effort to get everything just right for us.”
Centurion added to an already high specification by ordering the coach in the stainless steel option, which Martin says was a very reasonable price for peace of mind on a vehicle which will have a lengthy fleet life: “Corrosion in body panels is one thing but in the monocoque chassis could be a major problem.”
Among many extras Centurion specified are four tables which can be added when required by deseating the coach, wifi, an inverter and a driver bunk. As standard, the 3.7-metre high coach comes with two-screen DVD, toilet and drinks machine.
With a month’s work under its wheels, the i6 has been faultless: “The proof of the pudding though is the aftersales service we get when it’s out of warranty, though I have no concerns on that score. In particular, I am impressed with the iService portal, which is a complete on-line guide to this specific vehicle. We can even order the masking for our livery, and all the parts listed are directly related to this coach.”
Midsomer Norton-based Centurion Travel was founded in 1988 by Martin, who runs it with his sons Steve and Darren, both Directors. But the family has been running coaches since the 1920s. Centurion has a fleet of 28 vehicles, 15 of which are front-line tourers, and provides private hire and touring services under contract to holiday companies.