In partnership with: Van Hool Astromega
ENGINE 12.9-litre six-cylinder DAF MX-13 POWER 340kW (460bhp) @1,425-1,750rpm
EMISSIONS Euro 6 using EGR and SCR GEARBOX ZF AS-Tronic 12-speed automated TYRES 315/80 R22.5
Upper deck has 61 Kiel 1020
seats and it is a pleasant place
in which to travel
Tyrers chose the shorter,
13.25m TDX25 Astromega to
ensure future versatility
VAN HOOL’S ASTROMEGA:
STILL AT THE FOREFRONT
Van Hool’s Astromega has been part of the coaching landscape for a long
time, but one operator found it to be the ideal product for expansion
Buying a Van Hool Astromega makes
a statement. It’s the fl agship of the Belgian
manufacturer’s premium range,
Tyrers Coaches of Chorley joined the
Astromega owners’ club earlier in 2018.
It represents a new venture for the
operator, being purchased to drive further
business growth having identifi ed a niche for
a high-capacity coach.
Tyrers went for the shorter 13.25m TDX25,
carrying 81 passengers, for manoeuvrability
purposes to be able to handle town work.
Van Hool has done an excellent job
of utilising every square inch.
Twin passenger doors are fi tted, while the
luggage bay has its own walk-in entrance
on the nearside. There, a small set of drop-
down steps aids access.
On the lower deck are two tables at the
front, with additional lighting above both.
Upstairs, much thought has gone into creating
a pleasant travelling environment. Small
luggage racks are fi tted, while legroom
460bhp is not the maximum rating for the
MX-13 engine, but it is nevertheless suffi cient
power. One fi tting on Tyrers’ Astromega will
be particularly welcome. It has a 360-degree
bird’s eye camera system, which gives drivers
a good all-round view via a dash monitor.
The Astromega’s regular driver, Graeme
Hall, comments favourably on its ability
to access awkward areas.
Overall, the passenger environment
is good, drivers still rate it, and the scope for
custom-built examples is wide.
The Astromega is the double-decker
coach market’s elder statesman, but for
good reason. As a product, it’s as compelling
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