Irizar

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This article is about a coach bodybuilder. For the icebreaker, see ARA Almirante Irízar (Q-5).
Irizar Group
Industry Manufacturing
Founded 1889
Headquarters Ormaiztegi, Spain
Key people José Manuel Orcasitas (Chief Executive Officer)
Products Buses
Production output 1,000 buses per year
Website Irizar website
Excel Coaches Irizar 'Century' bodied Scania K114 in the UK
Worthing Coaches Irizar 'Century' bodied Scania K340EB4 in the UK

Irizar Group is a Spanish-based builder of luxury coach vehicle bodies, established in 1889. It is located in Ormaiztegi in the Basque Country, Spain. It was formerly a part of the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation.

It is the market-leading builder of coach vehicle bodies in Spain (with a market share of over 40%), and ranks second in Europe, its coach bodies being available in many parts of the world. Apart from its main plant in the Basque Country, which produces around 1000 bodies per year, Irizar also has factories in other countries: in Skhirat (Morocco), Tianjin (China), Botucatu (Brazil), Querétaro (México), Centurion (South Africa) and in Tamil Nadu (India) (in partnership with Ashok Leyland and TVS Motors). Together they have a production of over 3,000 bodies a year. The Irízar group also owns Hispacold, which makes air conditioning systems for coaches, and Masats, makers of automated bus and coach doors and ramps.[1]

Irízar works especially closely with Scania, having jointly designed a bodywork, the i4. However, Irizar bodies can also be found on other manufacturers' platforms, such as Irisbus, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, etc.

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Lamborghini LM002[edit]

From 1986 to 1993, apart from coaches, the Irizar factory also produced the bodywork and interior of the Lamborghini LM002 luxury off-road vehicle. The finished bodies were then sent to the Lamborghini factory in Sant'Agata Bolognese to mount them on the chassis and engine.

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