news IN THIS ISSUE NEWS 5All the latest news from the small PCV world DELIVERIES 13 A look at what’s hit the road for the first time PRODUCTS 15 We highlight some of the most recent new items COMMERCIAL 17 What manufacturers of access aids offer you TEST DRIVE 21 Coachbuilt UNVI Vega GT put through its paces OPERATOR 27 D&G Little Bus handles Cheshire East’s DRT work SUPPLIER 30 Latest developments at Faiveley Vapor Ricon IN SERVICE 32 Two Mellor Stratas with Nottinghamshire CC SEATING 36 We visit Phoenix Seating for the latest news COLLABORATION 39Six suppliers work together for school ACCESSIBLE 42 GM Coachwork supplies Premier League club CLASSIFIED 45 Fleet upgrade on the cards? Look no further… 6 | June 2017 | miniplus.co.uk Glide-Rite’s full air suspension conversion has now been fitted to 100 small PCVs, including those from EVM Glide-Rite adds new Wirral base to Hampshire facility Specialist in air suspension retrofit systems for minicoaches and minibuses Glide-Rite has relocated its headquarters to Wirral. “We will continue to install full and partial air suspension conversions in Hampshire, but we now have a 5,000ft base on Wirral, just off the M53 motorway,” says Managing Director Carl Leake. Mr Leake says that Glide-Rite continues to see strong interest in its suspension retrofits. The partial conversion involves replacement of bump stops with airbags, while the full installation sees the OEM system superseded by four airbags. “In the full conversion the driver has no control over the suspension; it is automatic and it gives a constant ride height regardless of loading. That benefits handling and passenger comfort.” TBC conversions for new MAN and VW Wheelchair accessible convertor TBC has confirmed that it will offer products based on the MAN TGE and Volkswagen New Crafter base vehicles that were launched at the CV Show. Up to 19 seats will be available on the M3 New Crafter and TGE models that have GVWs of 5,500kg, while TBC will continue to offer the same range of conversions on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter base vehicle, says Senior Sales Manager Gerard Galvin. “All of the New Crafter- and TGE-based minibuses will be certified under the European Whole Vehicle Type Approval process with the exception of any bespoke conversions,” he adds. “On the M2 models we offer up to 16 seats, and all of our conversions come with either Glide-Rite has trained minicoach convertor EVM’s technicians to install its kits, and EVM can add the equipment on the production line at its Kilbeggan plant. Gliderite has also retrofitted the systems. When fitted to a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter the full air suspension retrofit gives a 20kg weight gain. It can also be fitted to the Fiat Ducato, Renault Master and Volkswagen Crafter and T6 chassis; the partial conversion can be added to what Mr Leake describes as “almost any commercial vehicle with a GVW of up to 5,000kg.” Over 100 of Glide-Rite’s full air suspension conversions have been fitted to minicoaches and minibuses, he adds. FOR MORE INFORMATION www.miniplus.co.uk Volkswagen New Crafter will be converted by TBC an inboard or outboard rear-mounted lift.” Both the New Crafter and TGE will be available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. There will be no gap between the end of TBC’s production of conversions on the existing Crafter and its move to the New Crafter, says Mr Galvin.
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