Leyland's Lion in service next year
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LEYLAND's new underfloor
mid-engined double-deck (CM August 24) chassis has been named the Lion. The chassis will complement the rear-engined Olympian and compete with Volvo's established City-bus.
The first Lions should be in service with Eastern Scottish (with Alexander bodies) and Nottingham City Transport (with Northern Counties bodies) early next year.
The Danish-built chassis is lighter and gives . a higher seating capacity than rear engined designs, but this is at the expense of greater lowerdeck floor height and overall vehicle height. The minimum height for a Lion doubledecker will be 4.47m.