First French orders for Leyland National
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• The French city of Dijon has ordered six Leyland Nationals for its fleet. This order, forecast in CM, May 18, is the first for the LN from a European country. It is being handled by Leyland Industrial SA, the British Leyland subsidiary in France.
The buses are 11.3m models with two doors and seats for 28 passengers. There is space for 72 standing passengers. First deliveries are due to begin in December this year.
A spokesman for British Leyland told CM this week that specification for the French vehicles was "very little different" from those vehicles sold in the UK. Main change was the reduction of the step height into the rear saloon to 200mm. Other detail changes, including revised door interlock mechanisms, would be fitted in France. The buses for Dijon will have the high torque engine which is being fitted to the London Transport "quiet" Nationals. Though the low-noise package is not being fitted to the French vehicles this engine offers "marginal" savings in noise.