Richard Wilson, partner in Drury Coaches, says he heard positive reports about the Irizar Integral from other operators so decided to give it a try: “I drove it, liked it and bought it,” he says.
The 12.9m, 57-seater includes a centre toilet, Bosch audio system with Actia twin-monitor video, seatback tables and a drinks machine. It is fitted with Irizar’s virtual cockpit instrument display, and other driver aids include adaptive and predictive cruise control, AEBS and lane departure warning system.
The coach is powered by DAF’s MX-11270 367bhp engine driving through a ZF EcoLife automatic transmission.
“The DAF engine is new to us, but we have had good results from the ZF EcoLife on other coaches,” says Wilson, adding: “We’re very comfortable with the EcoLife, it’s a good transmission.”
The vehicle will be maintained in-house and is expected to remain in service for up to ten years.