“My name is Dorian Igescu. My story starts a long time ago, when (as a child) I went to buy 40 kilos of iron from “Predoleanu” – I was going to make myself a real car! I had made the first step and, without knowing, I followed my destiny and my passions.

I graduated the Faculty of Transports – Automobiles Department in 1978 with the highest mark – and this was the beginning o a lifetime dedicated to engineering. The Governmental repartition to the “Autobuzul” factories persuaded me of the fact that a suit is nothing in front of a worker's overalls, and both of them would never be able to face the mind of an ambitious engineer. Therefore – dressed, at the beginning, in overalls – I headed (step by step) to IGERO.

Technologist at the Car Bodywork Department, General Assembly, designer (I was already wearing a working robe!), Head of the Constructive Studies and Research Group, Head of the Prototype Section, holding 5 patents of innovator in the car domain, President of the Car and Karting Association… were only several landmarks which helped increase my experience.

   
     
 
And since the place was favourable and my enthusiasm as a young person was as high as it is nowadays, I starting racing. At the beginning, with a kart and some friends … then within the EASTER competitions – 3 rd Formula, where I built 4 cars and I became vice-champion in 1988 with the single place car which was the first of this type with glass fiber bodywork (also exhibited at the Design Biannual Exhibition).
 
 

1991 was a turning point in approaching bus building – new forms and projects caught shape – one of which is the ambitious microbus
ROCAR 207

 
     
 
1991 also was the year when the El Car Company was founded, starting producing trailers.
 
     
 
 
     
 
In 1995 I worked as Head Engineer at the Grivita Industrial Company, where I developed products for the existing technological preparation, which culminated with GRIVBUS – the prototype of a bus pretty advanced as a concept for that time in Romania .
 
     
 

 
         
 

During my activity, I benefited from many specializations and collaborations in Italy , Vietnam , the Moldavia Republic , Hungary , Argentina , Brazil and Chile.

 
     
 
 
     
 
From January 2000 until August 2003, I was the Technical Manager of the “METALPAR” bus factory in Santiago de Chile, after signing a labour contract. “METALPAR” is the market leader in the respective area and it holds 75% of the urban bus production in Chile . My activity as Technical Manager consisted in coordinating the new projects (buses with different kinds of bodyworks), organizing the technologic flow and elaborating new development strategies.
 
 

 

 
 
 
         
 

Starting with September 2003, I started the construction with the first bus with self-supporting bodywork in Romania , made entirely with private capital, through the El Car company, called IGERO. The bus was homologated, successfully passing all RAR tests, the next step being the elaboration of the series documentation and the type homologation, the development of the range and the initiation of fabrication for the zero series.

 
     
 
 
     
 

As any important project, which is meant to be more than the accomplishment of a dream and the fruit of a passion, IGERO started with a concept: it had to be a bus meeting the market requirement – the range of medium-capacity buses can be easily assimilated and it covers an area which is not usually approached in Romanian transportation. The study of the structure was carefully observed, the technical solutions and the original design belonging entirely to the El Car Company, registered at OSIM. At this stage, the bus was only at the level of a provocation – a bet I had made with myself. Once the ideas started to come to shape, I had bought the materials necessary for building the structure, which, step by step, was coming to shape. It was on the 15 th of February 2004.

 
     
 
 
 

The first IGERO product was “on its feet” (bridges and wheels) on the 01.04.2004.

 
 

 

 
         
 

My collaborators for making this prototype were:

ROMAN S.A.
URAC - BUCURESTI
IZOCOLOR
BINGER
BEST GLASS
ENERGO-PLAST
HENKEL
KIEL
GERFLOR
ELIT
CEFIN
TOP LAC - GLASURIT
FABRICA DE IDEI