ADL delivers Elite i Coaches to PolskiBus

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The Plaxton Elite i can seat up to 75 passengers
The Plaxton Elite i can seat up to 75 passengers

The 20 new vehicles take the PolskiBus fleet size to 93 after just three years

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) has launched the Plaxton Elite i into the fleet of

The 20 Elite i coaches for will all be based on Volvo Euro 5 B11RT tri-axle chassis with Volvo I-Shift transmission.

Launched in the UK in 2012, the upper cabin of the coach can accommodate up to 71 passengers, with the lower cabin holding up to four, or three and a wheelchair.

It is available in both left hand steering, for mainland Europe operations, or right hand steering for the UK and other markets.

Colin Robertson, Chief Executive of ADL, described the latest orders as a massive vote of confidence in ADL’s ability to provide ‘the right products, at the right price, at the right time’

He commented: “This marks a pivotal moment for the ADL group; the order represents an important break-through, taking us into mainland Europe in a significant way – and with a company that is one of the fastest-growing, inter-city coach operators on the continent.

“Having been won in the face of fierce competition, it is a strong endorsement from a major player in the European marketplace.”

Barry Pybis, Chief Executive of Souter Investments-owned, said: “The reputation of ADL’s Elite iinter-deck coach has spread quickly and we are delighted to be launching these vehicles today. We are a fast-moving company and these 20 new coaches will add significantly to our existing fleet of 73 vehicles.

“Our aim is to align ourselves to suppliers with similar business values and quality standards and these vehicles are opening up that relationship with ADL.

“All 20 of the new vehicles will operate on the major inter-city routes we’re announcing today.”

Kevin Wood, Director of Business Development for the ADL coach brand, Plaxton, said: “This is a particularly exciting day for ADL. These vehicles represent the first Plaxton coaches to enter service with a European operator for a generation and we will be continuing the work we have done with to ensure its expectations of these milestone vehicles are fully realised.

“We are actively pursuing opportunities with a number of other potential customers, Elite i does of course offer significant potential benefits and we firmly believe it can satisfy a niche where high capacity is a demand.”