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EVM Direct unveils all-new Altas Viator for Ireland

EVM Direct is launching the second generation facelifted Atlas Viator in right-hand drive as a first for the Irish and UK market.

Based on the new Iveco Daily 210hp, the new Viator has a more powerful engine, improved driver’s cabin, and exterior design are the key improvements for the company’s flagship model.

The new 3L diesel engine has a total of 210hp, so the mini-coach is more dynamic than ever and powerful enough to be comfortable even in uphill roads.Every model has air suspension, Telma retarder, 8-speed auto box and highly efficient air-conditioning with the power of 18kW and heating system with 12kW of power.

Some important details are improved in the right-hand drive Viator’s exterior: the new front full LED headlights and LED fog lights make the vehicle look more futuristic than ever.

Rear lights are also updated so the bus has new touches from all sides. The interior is improved too, the new redesigned steering wheel gives the driver a quality feel of the brand and some other improvements made for comfort and better user experience.

The first right-hand drive 25-29 seater Viator models are already on the way to Ireland and the UK through distributor EVM Direct.

Technology and features
“The vehicle building process began almost from scratch, only the chassis and engine were borrowed from Iveco Daily, but everything else had to be developed only according to the best and most important features we had in our mind,” says Edvardas Radzevičius, CEO, Altas Auto.

To produce the main frame of the Viator‘s body, Altas used stainless steel, which is purpose made for the automotive industry.

All the exterior components are made from the glassfibre, so the vehicle is corrosion resistant. More than 40 forms from which unique parts are made and used to manufacture a single Altas Viator.

The vehicle body was designed giving attention to noise insulation and weight reduction. A lot of composite plastic materials are used, which are lighter than plywood used by others.

The roof has two wings on each side of the vehicle for a subtle cover for the air-conditioner and connects to the rear spoiler which has an integrated reverse camera and lights.

The side elements of the vehicle are made from glassfibre, except the side luggage flaps, they are aluminium which is also lightweight, and corrosion proof.

A lot of focus was given for rear and side luggage flaps to open easily and the reach of different luggage sections would be easy.

For example, the rear luggage compartment can be reached from the back and the sides so the luggage reach over the compartment would not be complicated.

The luggage compartment at rear is 2.8m³ while on each side there is up to 1m³ luggage space, this is enough space without even including the roof luggage racks inside the vehicle.

The Viator has an optimal length of 8.5 metres and the GVW is 7,200kg. As a result of regulations for this class of vehicles, the length could not be any longer as a longer vehicle means more weight, so the designers put a lot of effort to provide the mini-coach as much spaciousness as possible while keeping the weight up to safe and legal limits.

The engineers and designers paid close attention to strictly meet the road-legal passenger vehicles regulations.

Altas engineers put a lot of effort to make the driver’s position comfortable, and ergonomic.

The control units are designed to be easily reachable and have a convenient layout of the buttons and other control modules.

The driver’s seat has an air suspension which reduces the vibrations during the journey.

The combustion control unit (CAN open interface) is the most important electrical control unit in the vehicle. The driver can see the most important information on the screen of the control unit. Even the lock status of separate luggage compartments is shown.

Also, the windscreen of the vehicle is as big as possible to increase the visibility of the driver and the rear parking sensors are available for maximum driving comfort.

The convenient layout of electric installations allows the driver the opportunity to have all the controls in one place so the operations are easy to master.

In the passenger saloon, all the detail and form do not have any sharp edges or questionable design issues.

Luggage rack and interior design was developed bearing in mind the light distribution inside the vehicle. The roof is light-coloured plastic to reflect the light from the light modules.

This solution was designed to diffuse the light in the interior to prevent passengers been dazzling from the lighting.

Altas engineers designed the rear door to be wide enough so it could fit individuals with wheelchairs using the special lift to fulfil PSVAR requirements.

It operates via the rear emergency door on the left-hand side.

For driver and passengers’ comfort a refrigerator is available as an option with a volume of 80 litres, installed in front of the vehicle.

Wi-Fi and USB sockets are available inside the saloon.

As the Viator is a high-end flagship mini-coach it equipped with monitor and DVD and natural leather seats with various colouring and material options to choose from.