Plaxton’s Elite i celebrates a decade on the road

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Plaxton’s flagship coach, the Elite i, has been a familiar sight on the roads and motorway network of the UK and beyond for the last 10 years. Richard Sharman takes a look back at the model

In February 2012 Plaxton announced that it would be introducing a brand new flagship model to its coach range. It was to be a vehicle that would turn heads and revolutionise express coach travel, as well as provide Plaxton with a base vehicle that could easily be customised as a team coach. It’s introduction came at a time when the other coaches in the range were the well established Profile, Panther and Elite, which at the time was the flagship model, so the Elite i was a natural progression for Plaxton.

Entirely new design

At the time of launch, Plaxton Sales and Marketing Director Kevin Wood said: “We initially launched the Elite as a high specification tri-axle 14m coach in 2008, but always intended it would develop into a range of top-quality models. First was the 12.6m two-axle model followed by the maximum-length 15m model in 2009, and now comes the interdeck Elite, which will be available both as an express coach and as a touring model.

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