11 Apr 2019


The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 75 has won the prestigious title 'Minibus of the Year 2019! Five minibuses gathered in Madrid at the Ifema Expo grounds to be tested by the International Jury in the Minibus Euro Test. The five were Ferqui Sunrise CNG, Indcar eStrada, MAN TGE I4X4 Intercity and the Iveco New Daily Natural power.

The International Bus, Coach & Minibus of the Year jury had the task to select the final winner during a two day test trail in the newly developed suburb Valdebebas near Madrid, home amongst others of the brand new training facilities of Real Madrid. The organizing magazine Autobuses & Autocares of which Miquel Saez is the representative in the jury, did a wonderful job in setting a 'real life' test course including bus stops, hills lots of roundabouts en also some traffic jams to make sure there was this real life test sensation. Ifema Feria de Madrid offered the logistics and the physical organization on their grounds. Irizar hosted an evening for the competitors and jury members. The international jury consists of 22 in their country leading magazines represented by their editors being specialized journalists of which president Tom Terjesen from Norway handed over the award to the Mecedes-Benz team.

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 75 distinguished itself in this strong competitors field by being a specially designed minibus. It is not a converted van but a minibus constructed for use in public transport. The engine and gearbox provides enough power to transport a maximum of 38 passengers who will have lots of room. The other participating vehicles had their own special specifications. The Indcar is the first preseries electric Strada the Spanish company build on a Daily electric chassis but with Spanish batteries en technique. As the spokesperson said Barcelona has shown interest in 35 of them. Two years ago the Iveco Daily won the first Minibus of the Year Award. They where now present with New Daily with some new safety systems, connecting possibilities and 22 seats! The Ferqui Sunrise is a innovative minibus with a capacity of 24 seats and even 1 wheelchair. With a width of almost 2,5 metre it offers a lot of space. The MAN TGE has a 4x4 driveline which is automatically started when needed. Innovative and very handy especially in hilly and mountain areas. A big sliding door gives acces to the passenger compartment. This in Plauen manufactured minibus even has an electronic controlled ramp and room for a wheelchair.

Next year the Minibus Euro Test will be held just before the FIAA bus and caoch show in Madrid in Octobre. In September 2019 five coaches and their teams and the international jury will travel to Romania to participate in the Coach Euro Test 2019.

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