Lynx: Spoilt for choice
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• Walter Alexander, Plaxton and Northern Counties are in the running to produce approved bodies for VL Bus & Coach's new Lynx II singledecker unveiled last week (CM 13-19 December).
Until now, the Lynx (the original version was launched four years ago) has only been available as an integral bus. VL, however, announced in the summer that its underframe would be made available to "approved bodybuilders".
Like the Lynx I, the latest version features either the Cummins 10-litre L10 turbo or the Volvo THD 102KF.
Revisions include a new ZF Ecomat automatic gearbox and front suspension with softer air springs and better shock absorbers, says VL.
Body changes on the Lynx II include: CI A single entrance step replacing the previous split arrangement. Step height remains at 305mm, but now it is across the whole step width. • DiPTAC features including conspicuous green stanchions, palm bell pushes, step illumination, a 'bus stopping' sign and a g-zag step nosing.
il A "non-slip" PSV-based floor covering. All joints are seam-welded.
Li A flat instead of notched squab on the five-person rear seat.
Li An updated driver's compartment, with a lower door and a new instrument panel derived from the Tiger coach. Heater controls are now to the left of the driver.
The first two 51-seat Leyland Lynx Its have gone into service with Halton Borough Transport, which already has 15 Lynx Is in its fleet of 50.