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Three-axle Tourismo targets fans

We are only just three months away the introduction date for Euro 6, yet is still a lot that we don’t about manufacturers’ bus and coach for 2014 and beyond. Obviously the NEC show, followed by Busworld at in the coming weeks, there is of opportunity for all to be revealed, but operators be forgiven for thinking that really could do with a bit clarity on what their options are.

This is not a that can be levelled at Daimler/EvoBus It is ready now, and in fact is the delivery of around 1,700 6-compliant vehicles on the continent the standard even comes force.

The move to Euro 6 has at quite a cost though, £350million for Daimler Buses, and excludes the cost of developing the themselves. The result is a more range on the coach side. A given the economic constraints of the recession over the past few argues EvoBus UK CEO Jan Aichinger, but not one he sees as preventing him maintaining UK volumes of 100+ coaches a

Instead of the Tourismo, Setra and the Tourino at Euro 5, EvoBus is now just two Tourismo models, a 12m and a 13m three-axle. The latter was unveiled to the press in Stuttgart last and is squarely aimed at former customers.

Aichinger is well that competitors will be a path to the doors of Setra but he is confident that the 13m Tourismo, its full complement of Setra-style options, will be a convincing

Indeed, even though the name can make some coach operators go weak at the the three-pointed star on the front of the is a much more recognisable brand, as far as the public is concerned.

The shown in Stuttgart was a 53-seat powered by an MB OM470 394hp 6 engine with ZF Ecolife As with the two-axle 12m version in July. the switch to Euro 6 a re-packaging for the Tourismo rather a completely redesigned vehicle. But the amount of money that has had to invest, it is hardly surprising it is adopting an incremental approach to replacement.

Nonetheless, the 13m Tourismo is an important for the UK market and Aichinger is keen to an advantage from the fact EvoBus is able to offer a Euro 6 range now.

fears across the industry heavier, thirstier Euro 6 should prove to be unfounded it comes to the new Daimler bus and coach

A road trial with a and a Setra Comfort Class improved fuel economy of than 8 per cent, and although the two involved in the test are newly-designed for 6, the positive results should through to other models in the albeit at more modest Aichinger and his UK sales team are marketing Euro 6 as coming any fuel penalty, while privately hoping that it demonstrate genuine fuel for operators.

“The positive about Euro 6 still got through completely to UK customers,” Aichinger, adding that might be because his competitors not been talking about it a deal. “We’ve positioned for Euro 6 now, but others need to show what are doing.”

He suggests that EvoBus not be the only ones to trim the of models available, given the of investment required. “There are small niches that may disappear,” he says. The Tourino’s is simple economics for EvoBus, sales of 5-10 vehicles in the UK it was not to justify bringing it to Euro 6.

All of is not to say that the range won’t in the future and one option that be interesting to see in right-hand drive is the new Tourismo K, also previewed week and one of the world premieres up for the Kortrijk show.

The Tourismo K is a 3.3m high coach for smaller coach groups. The launch model has an OM936 engine and 8-speed MB PowerShift Its wheelbase of 4,980mm and front angle of 58 degrees helps a turning circle of 17.2m, and it has a capacity of 4.2 cu m with options a rear lounge or kitchen

On the bus side, EvoBus is offering the at Euro 6, including the shorter K which was exhibited at last NEC show. There have not any orders announced to date for the K, but Aichinger is targeting 20-25 in 2014 and says that trials with customers in are going well.

Among recent wins for the Citaro that please is Cardiff Bus, an order reinforces the approach of targeting the and medium-sized fleets outside the groups. He points out that would be seen as a substantial customer in many parts of and whilst the big groups are still he is happy to continue to consolidate the reach elsewhere. “I would sell five orders of 15 each, than one of 75 vehicles,” he

EvoBus is not attending the NEC show year as it generally misses the Coach Bus Live event, but it be running a customer demonstration later in the year, once the three-axle Tourismo arrives Turkey.

Customers will of be able to see the European range on the stand at Kortrijk. And even UK buyers won’t be able to get one unless they take a drive model of course one of the show’s stars is likely to be the new Setra TopClass 500 which with the option of a panoramic roof that is 50 per cent than the version on the TopClass It is packed with creature including new underseat heating to passengers’ toes warm. will also be a Setra coach for the first time at a 78-seat 14m S431 DT.

The first Euro 6 Mercedes-Benz and coaches for the UK will go into in early 2014 with available from late With its early positioning for 6, EvoBus has not opted to stack up of derogated Euro 5 vehicles. says that it has a small of Tourismos and Setras being before the 30 September deadline to demand at the beginning of next but his principal message is that 6 is ready and waiting now. n

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