There will be a separate competition for bus and for coach, as there was before. It is too difficult to compare these two types of vehicles, since they have a different function and therefore different levels and needs of safety, comfort, ecology and design. However, the midi and mini buses and coaches will not be tested separately.
The ‘Grand Award Coach’ and the ‘Grand Award Bus’ remain the two ECW awards to be won. Every coach and bus that enters will be participating in this competition and will be judged by each expert team of the field juries.
A new addition to these Grand Awards is that now the jury can also grant ECW Labels in the following categories: Safety, Ecology, Comfort & Ergonomics, Styling & Design. Every label will be granted maximum once to the coach and once to the bus with the highest score in that particular category. However, if no vehicle has an exceptionally good score in that category, ECW can also decide to not grant a certain Label.
ECW also decided to add one very special Label for Innovation. And for this part of the competition, manufacturers can also enter with a prototype or demonstration vehicle, since no test drives will have to be performed. However, it must be presented in a vehicle and not in a drawing or scale model. Opposite to the other ECW Labels, the Innovation Label can be granted more than once.
The ECW jury consists of specialist professionals and every president of a field jury group has a very specific expertise and relevant practical experience in judging their category.
Learn more on the European Coach and Bus Week