At Vanlease UK we have been supplying new school minibuses since 1998 and until recently almost all have been 14 seats and Ford Transit based.
There is though a change toward smaller, 9 seats, minibuses that are based on a lighter van with better fuel consumption and less driver licence restrictions. They are ideal for small school choosing a new minibus.
As a result more manufacturers than ever have a product on offer that would make a great new school minibus.
This year saw the launch of the new Ford Transit Custom and with it the Tourneo 9 seater. Rows 2 & 3 of the seats can be rolled forward and then slid forward to achieve a three seater van or a six seat site van with the
carrying capacity of small van. Based on the new Van of the year, the Tourneo is just like driving a car, it achieved 5 star Euro NCAP in crash tests and has an overall economy figure of 43.5 mpg.
The Traffic 9 seater minibus weighs in at just 1900kg and as such falls into the category of light minibus that can be driven without concern on a normal driving licence. For more info on licence requirements click <here>. The Traffic has an enviable track record for quality and reliability and is the best-selling van in Europe. Its combined overall fuel consumption is 42.2 mpg.
The Vivaro is the twin to the Traffic. Built in the UK, the
Vivaro is the van of choice for the AA and over 900,000 Vivaro’s have so far been supplied across Europe. It shares layout with the Traffic and is a good choice as a 9 seater school minibus. Vauxhall are well represented in the UK and all dealers are set up to service their commercial products.
The 9 seater Transporter, the Shuttle, has a flexible seating arrangement and unusually it has sliding doors on each side. The Transporter is also available with VW’s own four-wheel drive system, four-motion. The system copes with really awful winters in German, its ideal if you work all year round with airport runs in Winter as well as Summer. VW have worked hard at their Bluemotion technology on their vans as well as cars and the latest Transporter is up with the best when it comes to economy and whole of life cost.
Tomorrow, more choice for a small school minibus.