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miniplus June issue 31

test drive TEST DRIVE | MERCEDESBENZ SPRINTER UNVI VEGA GT The Spanish Solution: Coachbuilt Vega GT Choice is modest for those operators that are in the market for a coachbuilt mini, but those that are available must meet some high standards. How does the UNVI Vega GT perform? miniplus.co.uk | June 2017 | 21 Coachbuilt models account for a modest part of the minicoach market. Nevertheless, they have a clear niche; coachbuilt comes at a premium over a conversion, but it offers more internal space and greater luggage capacity. UNVI’s Vega GT is one of a handful of such minicoaches sold here. Part of the wider Vega range that includes standardlength and extended conversions, it is 7.52m long and it seats up to 22 passengers. It is built on the 5,500kg GVW Sprinter. Base vehicles are supplied as chassis cowls, and as seen in one Vega GT recently delivered to Staffordshire operator Plants Luxury Travel, there is a great deal of scope to incorporate whatever the buyer wants. “We have added quite a lot to the basic specification,” says Director Mark Plant, who runs the business with his wife Julie. Plants’ Vega GT often undertakes duties for a high-profile client, and it has almost £12,500-worth of extras. Most are for passengers’ benefit, but a three-stage Frenelsa retarder is present along with various cosmetic items. The result is a completely bespoke vehicle that satisfies even the most demanding hirers, and the Vega GT supplied to Plants by UK and Ireland PRICE Starts at £77,000 ENGINE 2.2-litre Mercedes- Benz OM 651 POWER 163bhp @3,800rpm EMISSIONS Euro 6 GEARBOX 7G-Tronic sevenspeed automatic TYRES 205/75 R16 Plants Luxury Travel’s Vega GT is finished in Mercedes-Benz Graphite Grey and it is often hired by a corporate client Tim Deakin Editor


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