UK Holiday Group strikes Gold with new Irizar i6S Integral
One of the most luxurious touring coaches in the UK has gone into service with upmarket leisure company Grand UK Gold: a premium brand of The UK Holiday Group.
The coach is an Irizar i6S Integral: one of the first examples of the premium i6S model which debuted at the Coach & Bus UK show last Autumn; and will be operated on behalf of Grand UK Gold by Olympia Travel of Wigan: one of the north-west’s premier coach companies.
To maximise leg-room and passenger comfort, the 13.2 m three-axle coach has just 44 seats. They are Irizar’s own i6+ recliners, upholstered in full leather, and featuring multi-positional footrests and lateral displacement so paired seats can be moved apart to increase elbow room and enable use of the central armrests. The seats have magazine holders, and the coach is fitted with its own on-board magazine library.
Driver and courier both enjoy full-leather seating, too.
Other passenger amenities include a drinks machine and a rear-mounted floor-level toilet, USB charging points for each seat, and on-board Wi-Fi.
A full spectrum of safety devices is installed, including AEBS and LDWS. In addition, the coach has air-horns, and is fitted with extra diesel tankage for extended tours.
The ultra-modern appearance of the i6S is further enhanced by dark-tinted windows and Alcoa Durabrite Black Tag wheels. To help keep the coach in first-class condition while on tour it is fitted with its own vacuum-cleaning and vehicle washing systems, with the latter having its own fresh water tank.
Driveline consists of DAF’s powerful MX-13 340 engine, which has an output of 462 hp, driving through an automated ZF AS-Tronic 12-speed gearbox.
Ian Clarke, Coaching Controller at The UK Holiday Group, says: “Safety and comfort are paramount to us and this investment ticks both those boxes more than once. Our new luxury Gold coach not only offers our holidaymakers what they have come to expect whilst on a Grand UK Gold coach but much, much more.
“We have been able to increase safety measures by taking advantage of latest technologies, and this coach has four more seats and is over 1.5 metres bigger than any of our previous Gold coaches. It’s a really exciting investment and we can’t wait to get her out on the open road!”
Grand UK Holidays operates from The UK Holiday Group head office in the historic city of Norwich, offering escorted coach tours in both the UK and Europe, river cruises, train holidays, holidays by air and ocean cruises.
The coach was supplied by Irizar (UK).