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.”

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