Carlyle's 'Concept' breaks its cover
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• A 25-seat midicoach was unveiled at the Motor Show last week from the Birmingham-based Carlyle Group.
The new vehicle, which the company says represents its view on market requirements for the next decade, is being exhibited at the NEC under the "Concept 2000" banner.
The coach has an internal height of 2.7 metres and is 6.9 metres long and has a contoured front with a large screen. It is based on the lyeco Ford Turbo Daily 49.10S with a 3.95m-wheelbase and a gross vehicle weight of 5,200kg. It is powered by a 2.4-litre turbo diesel engine and has a five-speed gearbox.
National Express is the first operator to purchase one of the new vehicles and it will be testing the coach on a trail rural route between Shrewsbury and Pwllheli. A second coach is due later in the year.