More economical and ecological, the new Iveco bus line, launched in June 2013,is revolutionising the world of public transport. Headlights on these hi-tech vehicles as we report from the company’s head office in the Rhône-Alpes region.
A new norm. A new range. A new name. The Citelis, brought onto the road by Irisbus, will be vanishing completely, making way for the Urbanway from the Iveco Bus, launched in June 2013 and meeting the new European norm Euro 6.
Getting a head start on its rivals, Iveco is becoming the precursor in the European Union standards that will become compulsory in 2014, placing a focus on environmental protection. The new buses offer lower fuel consumption and are cleaner diesel vehicles thanks to unique catalyst-selection technology. Also available in hybrid or gas versions, these buses are set to get people talking in a world where ecological consciousness is on the rise, namely on the road.
Available in three lengths (10.5 metres, 12 metres and 18 metres), the Urbanway comes in an entirely redesigned body offering more light thanks to wide bay windows and a new, more ergonomic driver’s space, meeting EBSF (European Bus System of the Future) norms.
Iveco, engine of French industry
Not only are they green, these buses also seek to defend French industrialisation. “We have obtained the France Garanti label from Bureau Veritas, which specifies that at least 50 % of fabrication comes from France,” specifies Pierre Lahutte, Vice President of Iveco
Bus. The product is also outstanding for its employment potential: every bus constructed results from 1,000 to 2,000 hours of work produced by fifteen different professions.
The Iveco Bus brand, belonging to the CNH Industrial group (formerly known by the name of Fiat Industrial) has a colossal network, with 25,000 employees all over the world, and 5,000 points of sale in 160 countries. A pioneer in Europe in terms of vehicles with low environmental impact, using gas or hybrid technologies, today it aims to recruit new staff and actively contributes to France’s economic recovery.