The Irizar i8 lux­ury coach has won one of the most pres­ti­gious Euro­pean heavy ve­hi­cle awards for the first time in the brand’s his­tory

The Irizar i8 lux­ury coach has won one of the most pres­ti­gious Euro­pean heavy ve­hi­cle awards for the first time in the brand’s his­tory

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Six par­tic­i­pat­ing coaches were brought to­gether for the lat­est edi­tion of the Coach Euro Test tri­als in Lingkop­ing, Swe­den, re­cently.

Th­ese in­cluded the Irizar i8 In­te­gral, the Iveco Bus Evadys, the Mercedes-Benz Tourismo, the Neo­plan Tourliner, the Sca­nia In­ter­link HD and the VDL Fu­tura FDD2-141 dou­ble decker.

The Irizar i8 came out on top, per­form­ing ex­cep­tion­ally well in brak­ing and ac­cel­er­a­tion tests and the open road driv­ing tests on a mixed 30km route.

The Irizar ve­hi­cle sub­mit­ted was a 3-axle, 14m ver­sion of the i8 and was com­pet­ing with three other 12m, 2-axle ve­hi­cles – which are signicantly lighter.

The jury of jour­nal­ists from 22 Euro­pean coun­tries was also im­pressed by its ex­te­rior and in­te­rior de­sign, and re­spon­sive break­ing and turn­ing cir­cle.

“The Irizar i8 is a thought­ful com­bi­na­tion of de­sign, tech­nol­ogy and sus­tain­abil­ity that of­fers ex­cep­tional com­fort to the driver, guide and pas­sen­gers,” an Irizar spokesper­son says.

“It is also the max­i­mum ex­pres­sion of qual­ity, safety, protabil­ity, ro­bust­ness and re­li­a­bil­ity in a sec­tor in which its strong per­son­al­ity and vis­ual im­pact stand out.

“The Irizar i8, to­gether with the other coaches of its range, is the pil­lar on which this brand is build­ing its fu­ture prospects in the long- dis­tance and oc­ca­sional ser­vice sec­tor.

“It can be af  rmed, there­fore, that Irizar cur­rently has the best range of coaches in Europe as af  rmed by the nu­mer­ous cus­tomers who have new­gen­er­a­tion Irizar ve­hi­cles.”

En­vi­ron­men­tal con­sid­er­a­tions were also pos­i­tive in re­la­tion to en­ergy con­sump­tion and min­i­mal lev­els of vi­bra­tion and noise, even on sharp bends.

Fea­tures of the i8 in­clude a dash­board with mul­ti­plex­ing keys and of­fer­ing a HMI for the  rst time as stan­dard. It comes with full LED head­lights as stan­dard and AEBS, LDW, TPTMS, ACC and DFT as op­tions.

Above: The Irizar i8 topped the Coach Euro Test in 2017

Be­low: The ve­hi­cle was com­mended for pas­sen­ger com­fort

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