Caetano adds an Iveco
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SALVADOR Caetano UK has added the Viana to its range of coach bodies built for British operators.
The Viana has similar styling to the Toyota-based Optimo and is based on the lveco 79.14 chassis, adapted by Caetano to provide an entrance door ahead of the front axle.
The Viana is offered in L, DL and GL variants priced from £23,000 to £28,500.
Powered by a six-cylinder 135hp front-mounted engine it is capable of quiet and unfussed high-speed motorway cruising.
Its front entrance also makes it a practical proposition as a rural stage bus.
A brief test drive in Surrey showed the coach is smooth running and easy to drive.
Both passenger and driver visibility are impressive and the front entrance arrangement provides ample room for one person operation or "executive" coach features such as a coffee machine.
The GL version has full soft trim and a plug type front entrance. The body structure is of steel protected against corrosion.
Skirt panels are of easily replaceable grp.
Both DL and GL models are fitted with forced air ventilation as standard.
The Viana is aimed at operators wanting a more powerful longer range coach than the Optimo and a more impressive vehicle than a panel van conversion.
Caetano is also expected to introduce a practical singledeck bus body later this year.
This is likely to carry though some coach features while allowing a wide and low entrance for speedy one person operation and easy access for the elderly and infirm.