Plaxton’s enhanced elite

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The kerbside appeal of the Elite is unmistakeable. ADL

Gareth Evans test drives a corporate specification 14m Plaxton Elite-bodied Volvo B11R for Northampton-based Country Lion – Alexander Dennis’ premium coach, which has recently benefitted from a minor re-style

Eight years after it was first launched, Plaxton’s flagship Elite coach has received a makeover which gently updates the stunning lines which give the design its ‘wow factor’ kerb appeal. New headlight clusters, surrounded by chrome, provide a reassuring family look, while the Plaxton logo in the front panel integrates vital driving safety technology provided by the Volvo B11R chassis.

Although visually subtle, according to Plaxton the changes, which further improve the Elite’s aerodynamics have a substantial effect in bringing down operating cost. Using computational fluid dynamics techniques validated in real-world tests, adjustments to the underside of the vehicle streamline air flows, while new deflectors on the rear pillars reduce the wake of the vehicle. Speed dependent chassis lowering provides further aerodynamic benefits. This gives the Elite a […]

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