Plaxton to launch 10.8m Panther midicoach

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Plaxton is entering the market for premium mid-sized coaches with a new 10.8m model to be launched in the near future.

The new model is a development of the Panther range with the company’s stainless-steel frame. It will be based on the Volvo B9R chassis with Volvo’s 380bhp 9-litre engine and I-Shift transmission, and able to seat up to 45 passengers.

“This is a segment of the market we have been monitoring for some time,” said Plaxton Director of Business Development, Kevin Wood.

“Our research shows there is a steady demand for high-quality touring coaches which offer the same standard of comfort as full-size models but in a slightly smaller package. We are committed to providing customers with a comprehensive coach range, and this model fills a gap in our line-up.

“It also allows operators of Plaxton/Volvo products to benefit from running a mid-sized coach with a high degree of parts commonality with the full-size vehicles.”

Customers will have their first opportunity to view the new model at the UK Coach Rally at Alton Towers on April 20 and 21.