Watts backs DAF with i6 integrals
Watts Coaches of Glamorgan says the DAF engine was one of its primary reasons for picking two i6 Integrals as a summer fleet addition.
The family-run company – which is based at Bonvilston, in the Vale of Glamorgan – says current DAF-engined coaches in its fleet of more than 40 vehicles have proven themselves trouble-free, and this plus great value for money helped make the decision to buy from Irizar UK.
“They’re beautiful to drive, as I found out when I collected them from Irizar UK’s Worksop headquarters,” said Director James Watts – the third generation of Watts to be running the company. “They have great kerb appeal – they look stunning. And our drivers like them.”
Watts has significant tour contract work which rapidly pushes up the mileage on its vehicles, but James said he had no qualms about the DAF PR265 engine going the distance: “To give you some idea of the mileage our vehicles do, a ’14 plated coach we got in May now has 79,000km on the clock,” said James.
“I’m an engineer by trade, so I watch the performance of my vehicles carefully. In my view, the DAF engine range is currently the best out there.” Watts’ i6s are both 12.9-metre vehicles, with toilet, and have additional market lights and air horns. One is in the Watts livery, the other in a tour operator’s colours.
Watts has 30 licences and a fleet of 42 vehicles. It has purchased seven new vehicles this year, including the i6s, and includes some high-capacity double-deck coaches in its fleet: “One of the attractions of the i6 Integral is 57 seats on two axles, which for us, gives great value for money.”