Bus of the year prom­ises scenery and safety

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT -

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.

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