Over 40 Panther Exec B8Rs in pipeline . . .
Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) has said it has over 40 orders in the pipeline for its recently launched 12.8m Plaxton Panther Volvo B8R Exec. One of the first off the production line has joined the fleet of Birmingham based Aziz Coach Service Ltd. It has a DVD player, monitor systems, gangway lighting and 59 Brusa seats with leather head rests. Another of the early production vehicles has been delivered to Jones Login from Carmarthenshire, Wales. It is a 53-seater complete with wood effect floor, Brusa seats, toilet, fridge and servery. ADL say the Panther B8R Exec is designed to compete head on with imported products, providing a ‘cost effective yet stylish coach’ with up to 61 seats. The B8R Volvo chassis is powered by a D8K 7.7litre 350bhp EGR Euro6 in-line six-cylinder engine matched to a Volvo I-Shift automated transmission. It has full air suspension, I-start dual battery system, a Thermo King roof mounted climate control system, Alcoa alloy wheels and disk brakes all round.
Plaxton’s Commercial Manager, Mark Ballam, said, ‘The B8R Exec opens up a whole host of options, combining versatility with comfort and luxury. On the one hand you can go for maximum passenger numbers or, on the other, still have 57 seats and a centrally located toilet. Reliability, reputation, tailor made options and best-in-class value for money, represent a powerful proposition, which is why we have had such a terrific response to the new Panther Exec. We currently have orders in the pipeline for over 40 and discussions are on-going with a wide range of UK operators.’
… as Safeguard Coaches invest in another Leopard B8R
Safeguard Coaches have taken delivery of a further new Plaxton Leopard built on a B8R Volvo chassis, powered by a Volvo D8K 7.7 litre, 350bhp EGR Euro6, in-line six-cylinder engine with Volvo I-Shift automated transmission. Andrew Halliday, Managing Director, (pictured) commented: ‘This is the second new Plaxton Leopard to join our fleet in the past year. Like its counter-part it is a 12.8m 70-seat coach, which we find ideal for school work, airport runs and day trips. The Leopard is a workhorse that combines style with performance and complements our fleet perfectly.’