Altogether there were 5575 entries from 2675 participants drawn from a total of 59 countries. The decision of the jury, 58 design experts from 19 countries, recognises that even a coach from the standard segment can be extremely attractive.
The iF Design Award has been an internationally recognised label for good design since 1953. The prizewinners are selected on the basis of fixed criteria such as external appearance and product form, as well as aspects such as the level of innovation, ergonomics, functionality and eco-friendliness. Of particular note: the sweeping ‘comet tail’ design on the domed windscreen which extends into the roof, the already multi-award-winning sharp cut Neoplan design and the redesigned headlights. However, there is more to this coach – first introduced to the market at the 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicles event – than its aesthetic appeal. It also provides first-class comfort for both the driver and passengers, innumerable safety features, excellent driving performance and low fuel consumption. This is thanks to an engine with increased torque and performance and an optimised driveline, as well as a new exterior design, which has improved the aerodynamics of the coach by more than 20 percent.