Bus of the year promises scenery and safety
THE bus of the year in Europe, Iveco’s Magelys, is all about seeing out. The roof has side windows to provide a truly panoramic view and give a feeling of spaciousness to passengers.
Iveco said its Magelys family meets the many needs of transport companies in the tourism and line markets, with either a 12,2-metre body or a longer 12,8-metre version. Two models, the Magelys Line and Magelys Pro, also cater for different budgets.
Illustrating the flexibility of the design, the winner of the International Coach of the Year 2016, tested in Bulgaria, was fitted with all required devices for the emerging coach-line business following German and now French deregulations.
In that respect, the vehicle was presented on the base of the most equipped version, i.e. on Magelys Pro, with the following additional equipment: wheelchair lift with dedicated door and a demountable table arrangement that enabled drivers to board a disabled passenger without having to remove seats, 46 Kiel leather seats, toilets, three motorised LCD monitors, connectivity with WiFi, 220 V and USB plugs, GPS and road camera. Unique among the candidates, the Magelys does not utilise EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) to control the engine exhaust emissions, relying solely on SCR (selective catalytic reduction) to accomplish this.
In addition, the Iveco Cursor 9 unit has a capacity of only 8,7 litres, yet delivers 294 kW and 1 700 Nm at 1 250 rpm.
It is matched to the ZF ASTronic automated transmission, delivering a very comfortable drive.
Fuel consumption is reduced by up to 10% compared with Euro V, helped by a 200 kg weight reduction and optimised aerodynamics.
The Magelys is protected against corrosion with a cataphoresis treatment for a longer lifetime, and has all of the latest safety features like LDWS and AEBS, and includes a self-supporting structure that complies with the roll-over test R66/01. This international regulation ensures that the coach structure remains secured for passengers in case of a roll-over accident.