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Old 16th December 2011, 16:49   #751
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This new model / design is built on SFC407 chassis. That may be the reason you feel so. Moreover this is not any new design across Tata Marcopolo models. The existing design would continue for other like 709, 909 etc.
SFC 407 or FC 407? The point I'm trying to make is that there should be proper matching between the chassis and body. Can you transplant any body on any chassis without caring for safety, ergonomics or aesthetics? Even FC 407 exhibits this mismatch since the wide cab has come from 709 while the front axle remains narrow, being that of 407. You would never see such things on vehicles made in more developed countries.

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Meanwhile, spotted Tata Divo 285HP roaming around Cochin on demo.
Why this miserliness with headlamps? Does it not deserve 4 of them? The wheel turning looks impressive!

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Why this miserliness with headlamps? Does it not deserve 4 of them? The wheel turning looks impressive!
This is a direct lift from Divo range from Hispano and so the original design is retained. I think there should not be big problem is headlight throw and illumination.
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Ashok Leyland to hike stake in UK's Optare to 75.1%

Ashok Leyland and its associate companies will increase their stake in the British bus maker Optare plc to 75.1 per cent, according to a press release from Ashok Leyland.
The Hinduja Group company had acquired a 26 per cent stake in Optare in July 2010. The proposed hike follows a refinancing agreement announced today which, subject to Optare shareholders' approval, will enable synergy with Ashok Leyland's global plans for buses.
The re-financing has been achieved by Ashok Leyland facilitating a credit-line to support Optare's re-banking options and providing a substantially improved working capital facility for the business.
Simultaneously, Ashok Leyland will reach 75.1 per cent shareholding through placement of shares raising new equity.
The release quoting Mr Vinod Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland, said “We see this as an important element in realising our vision of being among the top five bus manufacturers globally.”
Ashok Leyland of the Hinduja Group is a leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles in India with seven manufacturing locations and associate companies in the Czech Republic, the UAE and a joint venture in Sri Lanka.
Optare is a leading maker of advanced low-floor integral buses and employs around 500 people across the group, principally at its new assembly facility in Sherburn in Elmet, Yorkshire.
Business Line : Companies News : Ashok Leyland to hike stake in UK's Optare to 75.1%
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Tata Motors launches Divo luxury bus at Rs. 66L.
Tata Motors launches new bus models Divo and Starbus Ultra - The Economic Times

What is price of the Volvo B7R, which I think is the Divo's well established competitor?
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What is price of the Volvo B7R, which I think is the Divo's well established competitor?
Reportedly, Rs. 65 Lakhs.

Very few two-axle buses are moving these days - every operator is migrating to multi-axles now.
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Reportedly, Rs. 65 Lakhs.

Very few two-axle buses are moving these days - every operator is migrating to multi-axles now.
Yes, even I have noticed the increase in Multi-Axle buses in almost all the big operators' fleet.

If B7R is at 65L then I am not sure if Divo will be able to gain numbers.

BTW, the Starbus looks super cool. Is it also air-conditioned?
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Reportedly, Rs. 65 Lakhs.

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This info looks dated. As per sources in Kochi, the Divo is close to 9 lakhs cheaper than comparable Volvo in acquisition price.
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Happened to spot the configuration of two different sleeper class buses operated by KPN in the website.

Chennai-Hyderabad 1+1 Executive Sleeper. This bus has the passenger entry at right side. First time seeing right side entry bus. Any other operator runs buses with this type of configuration?
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Happened to spot the configuration of two different sleeper class buses operated by KPN in the website.

Chennai-Hyderabad 1+1 Executive Sleeper. This bus has the passenger entry at right side. First time seeing right side entry bus. Any other operator runs buses with this type of configuration?
There are quite a few of them -Orange Tours, Dhanunjaya Travels, Kesineni's Travels (AshLey 12M), SRS Travels (Isuzu Prestige) just to name a few. The interiors are like that of a 2-tier AC coach. There may be individual TV screens for each berth, or one common TV for 4 berths. What I liked the most is that we need not share any berth, and they have individual charging points for each berth.

The gangway is on the right side. And there will be just 24 passengers. Driver cabin is more roomy as well.
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There are quite a few of them -Orange Tours, Dhanunjaya Travels, Kesineni's Travels (AshLey 12M), SRS Travels (Isuzu Prestige) just to name a few. The interiors are like that of a 2-tier AC coach. There may be individual TV screens for each berth, or one common TV for 4 berths. What I liked the most is that we need not share any berth, and they have individual charging points for each berth.

The gangway is on the right side. And there will be just 24 passengers. Driver cabin is more roomy as well.
What surprised me is the right side entry. I have seen Kesineni's 12 M sleeper once in Coimbatore and missed to click it. It also has 1+1 configuration(Just checked the website) and didn't notice entry side.
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What surprised me is the right side entry. I have seen Kesineni's 12 M sleeper once in Coimbatore and missed to click it. It also has 1+1 configuration(Just checked the website) and didn't notice entry side.
The entry is on the LHS itself, in front of the front axle. The crew cabin is slightly bigger, to accommodate the space needed for the passengers to cross to the right side, into the gangway.

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This info looks dated. As per sources in Kochi, the Divo is close to 9 lakhs cheaper than comparable Volvo in acquisition price.

Typo??

And what is the advantage of having a RHS aisle?
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And what is the advantage of having a RHS aisle?
Making a wild guess, it's perhaps for reasons of safety. The RHS is exposed to oncoming traffic on a 2-lane road, and hence, an aisle on the right means slightly better protection for the occupants in case of something hitting on the side
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