Magelys pipped five other contenders to the post: Setra TopClass S516HDH, Neoplan Skyliner, Volvo B11R Sunsundegui SC7, Temsa HD12 and VDL Futura FMD2-129/370.
The winner was decided following this year’s Coach Euro Test event, which was held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second city, in June.
The judges recognised that Magelys’ roof side glazing panels provide a panoramic view, giving a feeling of spaciousness and transparency.
“Magelys is not a new name in the coach market, but jurors appreciated the Euro 6 approach, which offers an array of innovations that go beyond the ‘Silver Smile’ frontal styling that is now a prominent feature of all members of the Iveco range,” said the Coach of the Year jury.
“Iveco has focused on efficiency with the Magelys, and jurors appreciated how this manifests in a number of ways designed to reduce the total cost of ownership for the operator,” the spokesperson continued.
“A significant factor in the appeal of the Magelys was the price-to-quality ratio, combining value for money with a vehicle that does not compromise on the specification or the standard of materials used.
“Furthermore, it is a vehicle that can be used for a variety of roles and for a full life.”