I-BUS – versatile and tough
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.
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.”
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.