I-BUS – ver­sa­tile and tough

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A ma­jor ad­van­tage is the dis­tri­bu­tion of more weight over the front wheels...

I-BUS AUS­TRALIA PTY LTD builds buses based on the Isuzu truck driv­e­train and chas­sis. Isuzu Trucks has been a leader in the Aus­tralian truck mar­ket for 29 years and to­day about one in every four new trucks sold in Aus­tralia car­ries the Isuzu name, the com­pany says.

In terms of buses, the I-Bus is a rel­a­tively new bus body con­cept to the Aus­tralian mar­ket. Uniquely, it is built on the Isuzu truck driv­e­train and chas­sis, mak­ing it a very strong bus.

“I-Bus is ba­si­cally Bris­bane Isuzu, a fran­chise of Isuzu Trucks; there more than 60 Isuzu deal­ers around the coun­try that are in­di­vid­u­ally owned and op­er­ated. The I-Bus side of the busi­ness only be­gan about two years ago and the com­pany just keeps grow­ing, we are cur­rently build­ing and ex­pand­ing a new show­room here at Burpen­gary to meet the growth,” ex­plained I-Bus sales con­sul­tant Craig Mar­shall.

“We have three branches across Bris­bane. All of the buses are sold out of this branch, but ser­vic­ing is done at any of our branches,” he said.

QUAL­ITY BUILD

All I-Bus ve­hi­cles are man­u­fac­tured un­der ADR spec­i­fi­ca­tions with high-qual­ity seat­ing and qual­ity air-con­di­tion­ing sys­tems (cur­rently by Thermo King), the com­pany says. I-Buses cur­rently come with lap-sash seat­belts, fire-ex­tin­guish­ers, first-aid kits and TV mon­i­tors as stan­dard.

The I-Bus range com­prises front-en­gine buses, avail­able in both 4x2 and 4x4 op­tions, from 17 seats to 75 seats. The buses are suited for both ru­ral and metro uses, of­fer­ing cus­tomers great ver­sa­til­ity, it states.

“Every­body knows Isuzu trucks and how good they are. With the front-mounted en­gines, they run cooler. For ru­ral op­er­a­tors, a ma­jor ad­van­tage is the dis­tri­bu­tion of more weight over the front wheels, elim­i­nat­ing op­er­a­tional is­sues that com­monly hap­pen with rear-en­gine ve­hi­cles in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions,” Craig Mar­shall said.

There are eight dif­fer­ent mod­els in the I-Bus range. They are gen­er­ally used for school bus runs and pre­dom­i­nately in coun­try ar­eas be­cause the front-mounted en­gines make them per­fect for dirt roads and hilly ter­rains.

“We have four-wheel drive mod­els that are be­ing used to drive on beaches, do school bus runs out in the rough coun­try, and they also do char­ter work,” Mar­shall said. “These 4WD mod­els range from 20-40 seats the larger model is an Isuzu FTS800, which is a 14-tonne GVM.

“These larger mod­els use the same chas­sis as the ru­ral fire trucks so they are very, very strong as they some­times need to be able to go where ve­hi­cles nor­mally wouldn’t go.”

CUS­TOM FEA­TURES

The I-Bus range can be cus­tomised to suit var­i­ous seat­ing ca­pac­i­ties and built with var­i­ous chas­sis and sus­pen­sion op­tions, as re­quired.

All I-Buses can be fit­ted out in ei­ther school, coach or mine spec­i­fi­ca­tions. The com­pany says its full coach bod­ies con­fig­ure space smartly to place the driver and pas­sen­gers ‘in the same space’.

Driver com­fort is main­tained with all stan­dard Isuzu equip­ment used within the cabin. I-Bus also can de­liver all ve­hi­cles in a mo­torhome spec­i­fi­ca­tion, of­fer­ing a walk-through in­te­rior and a range of fea­tures from cut­ting-edge fitouts to slide-outs to make travel com­fort­able, it says. Cus­tomers may then in­stall their own cus­tom fitout.

I-Bus also stocks – or can source – bus body parts and ac­ces­sories that cus­tomers may re­quire. The com­pany war­rants all body parts and work­man­ship and is your first point of con­tact, it con­firms.

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