Hungarian brand of Buses «Ikarus» has always been considered legendary. These machines, in comparison with the products of the Soviet Liaza or Laz, were considered the benchmark for both urban and long-distance bus. Within the framework of the Council of Economic Communications (SEA), the Hungarian People’s Republic specialized in the release of buses and supplied them not only to the countries of the socialist community, but also many developing states, and individual parties of Hungarian buses could be found in the United States, and even New Zealand.

But with the collapse of the Socialist Camp and the USSR, the fate of this enterprise became unenviable. If earlier the main customer of buses was the Soviet Union, where the overwhelming number of vehicles produced (in different years 5-7 thousand buses), then with the transition of urban transport to the poor municipalities, the debugged supply system collapsed.

The Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov tried to organize the «Ikarusov» assembly of the 400th series at Tushinsky engineering factory, but soon due to the devaluation of the national currency, the collected buses were too expensive and the Moscow authorities turned to a proven partner — the Likinsky bus plant.

And the legendary Hungarian company lost his orders began a steep peak. There was a fading of the famous buses brand, and the main plants in Tekesfeherevar and Matiashfeld (suburb of Budapest) were gradually closed. Only «shard», which produced piece luxury buses remained, — he entered the Irisbus concern.

But Hungarians have a stubborn nation and have attempted to revive the legendary brand. So today an attempt has been made to breathe at least a weak light into the life of «Ikarus».

Recently, a group of enthusiasts who previously worked at Budapest Ikarus, and later in Modi, found investors, bought the rights to the legendary brand, partly equipment, and are trying to recreate bus production.

The world was presented with a new bus IKARUS 125. This is a 12-meter bus, a capacity of 80 passengers, seating places — 42. The selection of the Volvo mass serial chassis will noticeably simplifies the assembly and reduces the cost of the product. A 6-cylinder turbodiesel with a capacity of 320 hp is installed on the bus. A variant working on biofuel is also possible. Gearboxes are three «automaton» to choose from: native Volvo I-SHIFT, ZF Ecolife or Voith D864.

In general, a typical scheme, like many competitors: a bus for suburban routes with the amphitheater of the rear platform. The calculation is made on a poor customer from Eastern Europe. However, the passenger engineering market is oversaturated here, so the life of the new revived «Ikarus» can hardly be called easy. In fact, this will be an automaker from the second, even rather, the third echelon.

The thorny post-socialist fate of the Hungarian brand played a sorry joke with her. 20 years ago, when the market was completely different, in the liberated niche appeared and proven themselves to domestic nefases, the Belarusian MAZ, who managed to «stand up». Also in Eastern Europe, new brands appeared. The same enthusiasts found investors were created and all these years developed by the Polish manufacturer of Passenger Technology Solaris Bus & Coach, which today became the leader of the bus in Eastern Europe today. The famous Czech manufacturer of Karosa buses switched under the wing of Italian Iveco. But the Hungarian «Ikarus» was not lucky.

How will the legendary brand develop further? Can she take a worthy place in the dense market and stand firmly on his feet? There are no answers yet.