A BIG DEAL
Late last year, Ritchies Transport Holdings – New Zealand’s largest coach operator more than 80 years old and with about 1,200 vehicles – ordered eight Elite (pictured above) executive touring coaches, with the 13.5m Elite coaches built on a Scania K440 chassis. As the company stated at the time, while the Elite is a well- respected and much loved coach in the UK, the vehicles delivered to New Zealand (left) are not simply carbon copies of the domestic offering, and been meticulously tailored to the customer’s specific requirements.
Of the eight vehicles ordered, two specification variants exist – one with a near side centre exit door plus centre toilet and a second variant featuring a rear saloon floor- mounted toilet to facilitate passenger access and maximise luggage capacity. A brand new HVAC climate control system and single glazing conform to New Zealand’s weight regulations. Interior trim options bespoke for Ritchies have been developed in leather and fabric materials.
“This level of flexibility and customisation, along with the Elite’s styling, sophistication and cost competitiveness were strong factors in my decision to choose Elite coaches,” stated Andrew Ritchie of Ritchies Transport Holdings.
Tony Moore, GM for ADL NZ stated,
“We have an established track record in bringing to market highly engineered buses and coaches which deliver outstanding reliability for a low whole- life cost.
“The Elite coaches … designed uniquely for this market are testament to this. This agility along with the significant investment we’ve made in our NZ- wide parts and service operation is what differentiates us from our competition.”