City Circle takes delivery of its 100th Scania Irizar coach
City Circle (UK) Limited's Managing Director Neil Pegg has taken delivery of his company's 100th Scania Irizar coach at a special ceremony held at Scania (Great Britain) Limited's UK Customer Support Centre in Milton Keynes. The 100th vehicle formed part of a delivery of six coaches, the first of 20 being supplied by Scania to City Circle this year. All 20 vehicles will be Scania Irizar i6S models, of which 18 will be tri-axles with the remaining two based on 4x2 chassis.
"It is the flexible approach taken by Scania and Irizar over the years which has led to this important milestone for each of our companies," comments Neil Pegg. "The relationship began seven years ago when we were looking to replace some 10.8-metre vehicles in our fleet. The problem was nothing much was available in that length at the time, but Scania and Irizar were prepared to develop a bespoke solution for us, which they did in double-quick time – the order-to-delivery time was something like just five months, which included designing a custom-length coach to our specification.
"It is the flexible approach taken by Scania and Irizar over the years which has led to this important milestone for each of our companies,"
City Circle's Managing Director
"That can-do attitude really impressed us and was the catalyst for everything which has followed. We had never operated Scania Irizar vehicles before, but we quickly began appreciating the quality and reliability of the product. So much so, in fact, that we have purchased Scania Irizar coaches every year since. Once this order is complete, 64 of our 69-strong fleet for 2020 will carry the Scania and Irizar badges.
"And while the vehicles have great passenger and driver appeal, I would also add that back up and support we receive from all areas within Scania is the best I've experienced in almost 40 years in the business."
For Scania, Bus and Coach Sales Director Martin West says: "Our relationship with City Circle (UK) has developed and grown over the years, and we are naturally delighted to be associated with such a high-end, premium client. It's true to say that all three parties involved have worked long and hard to formulate mutually-beneficial vehicle packages focused on the needs of City Circle (UK) and its customers, and on behalf of Scania I would like to thank Neil and his team and wish them every success going forward."
"Our relationship with City Circle (UK) has developed and grown over the years, and we are naturally delighted to be associated with such a high-end, premium client."
L-R Martin West Scania Bus and Coach Sales Director, Neil Pegg City Circle Managing Director,
Martin Hay Scania UK's Managing Director, Vincente Connolly Scania's UK Sales Director
Itxaso Donamaria, Sales Manager – UK, Ireland and Sweden for Irizar, adds: "We too are delighted to be a part of this great success story. City Circle (UK) represent one of our largest European customers and we look forward to continuing our collaboration and seeking further improvements to ensure Scania and Irizar remain the first choice of City Circle (UK) for many years to come."
The 18 tri-axle City Circle vehicles are being built on Scania's K 410 6x2*4 rear-steer chassis and equipped with Scania's 410 horsepower engine and fully automated Opticruise gear selection system. Their 13.2-metres overall length Irizar i6S bodywork features 53 luxurious reclining seats with leather and extra padded flaps. The passenger seats will further benefit from having seat back tables, magazine nets and footrests, and the body will be finished with extra dark tinted double glazing. A sunken toilet/washroom and Frenzel kitchen is located at the centre continental exit. Additional features include, reversing and road cameras, integrated satellite navigation and Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels.
The remaining two coaches will be based on Scania's K 360 4x2 chassis fitted with Scania's 360 horsepower engine and fully automated Opticruise gear selection system. Their 10.8-metre overall length Irizar i6S bodywork will incorporate 36 reclining seats with half-leather trim and fully furnished seat back facilities for passenger comfort. There will be a rear floor-mounted toilet/washroom, and an extensive servery at the rear of the coach with built in units for fridges and drinks facilities fitted by AD Coach Systems. Additional specification includes satellite navigation, twin monitors, dark tinted glass and Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels.