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Old 20th November 2011, 18:20   #16
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Well, I see similar buses in UK everyday by Optare and they have NO A/C, just piping inside the bus with heating units all around, but No A/C.
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Well, I see similar buses in UK everyday by Optare and they have NO A/C, just piping inside the bus with heating units all around, but No A/C.
I have travelled frequently in London on Optares and they are rather funny to look at and do not have any particular USP over the Volvos, Benz Citaros and the lot..my 2 cents.
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But IMHO the design could have been bettered by having a shorter wheelbase. That would be much more maneuverable too (I think). Making the roof straight would also make it look better. I really don't understand why they didn't go with a shorter wheelbase like this bus :

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I don't think a shorter wheel base would really be appropriate for India. Given all the unscientific speedbreakers and the craters, such a bus would have it's nose banged very frequently.

With the design the Volvos have, they barely manage to clear the speedbreakers : be it the nose or the rear on it's way out of the speedbreaker.
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I don't think a shorter wheel base would really be appropriate for India. Given all the unscientific speedbreakers and the craters, such a bus would have it's nose banged very frequently.

With the design the Volvos have, they barely manage to clear the speedbreakers : be it the nose or the rear on it's way out of the speedbreaker.
Well, with a long wheelbase they'll get the under-body between the wheels damaged na?
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Maybe this bus is targetted at intercity use. This could serve as a competition for volvos, Mercs and soon to be launched MAN, AL,Tata and AMW buses.
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Optare has competition already in place from Karur guys. All these buses were built by Maaruti Coach, Karur. Spotted these curvey profile buses recently and more and more pvt operators are putting in such buses in Pollachi, Coimbatore, Palani and Madurai areas.

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Optare has competition already in place from Karur guys. All these buses were built by Maaruti Coach, Karur. Spotted these curvey profile buses recently and more and more pvt operators are putting in such buses in Pollachi, Coimbatore, Palani and Madurai areas.

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They only look like the Optare. Both buses fall in totally different segments. And the build quality would definitely be in Optare's favor too.
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Optare has competition already in place from Karur guys. All these buses were built by Maaruti Coach, Karur. Spotted these curvey profile buses recently and more and more pvt operators are putting in such buses in Pollachi, Coimbatore, Palani and Madurai areas.
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They only look like the Optare. Both buses fall in totally different segments. And the build quality would definitely be in Optare's favor too.
Hey Dhandapanik meant as a competition in a lighter note!
Nothing much to worry.
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They only look like the Optare. Both buses fall in totally different segments. And the build quality would definitely be in Optare's favor too.
Don't take it serious. I meant that in a lighter note. These are copy cats and they can't compete with them in build quality and many other aspects.
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Don't take it serious. I meant that in a lighter note. These are copy cats and they can't compete with them in build quality and many other aspects.
Copy cats they may be but there must be some serious attention being given to these Optare buses, in order for them to be imitated.

Much like we have 'imitation' Volvos.
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I don't think a shorter wheel base would really be appropriate for India. Given all the unscientific speedbreakers and the craters, such a bus would have it's nose banged very frequently.
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Well, with a long wheelbase they'll get the under-body between the wheels damaged na?
Well, as I said in the initial post, the driver of this Optare Solo was negotiating the crater-like bumps and potholes using the same nick and knacks that I follow in my Civic. With its existing ground clearance and wheelbase, this will hit most, if not all, speed-breakers that adorn our city roads.
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Optare has competition already in place from Karur guys. All these buses were built by Maaruti Coach, Karur. Spotted these curvey profile buses recently and more and more pvt operators are putting in such buses in Pollachi, Coimbatore, Palani and Madurai areas.
On my God! Being in Tamil Nadu, I have never seen these buses. By the way, I am glad that I didn't because these buses look very very funny. Atleast the Optare Solo had an integrated air-conditioning unit in that hump. What do these buses have?
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