Magelys crowned International Coach of the Year 2016

The International Bus & Coach of the Year Jury, made up of senior journalists from 22 of Europe’s leading bus and coach industry publications, has voted the Iveco Magelys “International Coach of the Year 2016” in front of five other contenders: the Setra TopClass S516HDH, the Neoplan Skyliner, the Volvo B11R Sunsundegui SC7, the Temsa HD12 and the VDL Futura FMD2-129/370. The winner was decided following the Coach Euro Test event, which this year was held at Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second city, in June.

Everything in the Magelys has been thought out and designed to increase visibility, to encourage discovery and to fully enjoy the journey. In comparison to a traditional coach, the standard roof side glazing panels provides a truly panoramic view. The overriding feeling of spaciousness and transparency found on board the Magelys are what makes it original, added to an exclusive design and a refined elegance that highlights the high value aspect of the vehicle.

With its two possible lengths (12,2 m and 12,8 m) and versions (Magelys Line and Magelys Pro), the Magelys family meets the many needs of transport companies in the tourism and line market. 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, i.e. regional and international routes in Europe.

In that respect, the vehicle was presented on the base of the most equipped version, i.e. on Magelys Pro, with following additional equipments: wheelchair lift with dedicated door and a demountable table arrangement that enabled drivers to easily board a disabled passenger without having to remove seats, 46 Kiel leather seats, toilets, 3 motorized LCD monitors, connectivity with WIFI, 220 V and USB plugs, GPS and road camera.

Unusually, indeed uniquely among the candidates, the Magelys does not utilize EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) to control the engine exhaust emissions, relying solely on SCR (selective catalytic reduction) to accomplish this. Furthermore, the Iveco Cursor 9 unit has a capacity of only 8.7 litres, yet delivers 294 kW (400 hp) and torque of 1 700 Nm at 1 250 rpm. It is matched to the ZF AS-Tronic 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 optimized aerodynamics.

Naturally Magelys, protected against corrosion by a cataphoresis treatment for a longer lifetime, 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 safe and secured for passengers in case of a roll-over accident.

In its press release, the Coach of the Year jury mentioned: “The Magelys is not a new name in the coach market but jurors appreciated the Euro VI guise that offers an array of innovations that go beyond the ‘Silver Smile’ frontal styling that is now a prominent feature of all members of the Iveco range. Iveco have focused on efficiency with the Magelys and jurors appreciated how this manifests itself in a number of ways designed to reduce the total cost of ownership for the operator. A significant factor in the appeal of the Magelys was the price-quality ratio, combining a value for money with a vehicle that does not compromise on the specification or the standard of materials used. Furthermore, it is a vehicle that can be used for a variety of roles and for a full life”.

Sylvain Blaise, Head of Iveco Bus, declared: “We are very proud that our Magelys emerged victorious and won the accolade “Coach of the Year 2016” after extensive test drives involving strong competitors. It demonstrates that our vehicle is fully attractive and unique to meet with the developing regional and international routes in Germany and France“.

The trophy was presented on the Iveco Bus stand during the Busworld exhibition in Kortrijk, Belgium, in October 2015.

The last Iveco coach to win the International Coach of the Year title was the EuroClass HD in 1995.

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