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IInn ppaarrttnneerrsshhiipp wwiitthh:: TEST DRIVE/OTOKAR NAVIGO T Length: 8.40 m Height: 3.28 m Width: 2.27 m Wheelbase: 4.52 m GVW: 10,500 kg UVW: 7,477 kg ABOVE: Switch positioning could be better in some cases, but cab is nevertheless much like a full-size coach’s LEFT: Coach has clean if unadventurous lines, and it displays a high level of build quality from outside, inside and underneath n m Brakes are excellent, and a very smooth stop is possible in conjunction with the stalk-activated Telma. Combined, all of these attributes make the Navigo T one of the easiest coaches on the market to drive. Doing so is utterly simple in every way. Verdict The search for a true Vario replacement is about to enter its third year, and many manufacturers have offered what they believe to be the solution. Otokar’s is at least as competent as any other, and barring the odd hiccup, Eve’s Navigo T has settled well. “Otokar has created a coach with many attributes that work very well,” says Gary. “One or two areas require a little refi nement, but it comes with a high standard specifi cation, and as long as the various suppliers talk to each other, I hope it will continue to work for us.” Eve bought its Navigo T primarily for school duties, and it handles rural roads well. It is also competent on higher-speed work, and compact dimensions mean that it is a useful tool in urban areas. Gary adds that the Otokar’s finish suggests that it will enjoy a long life, and access from below to driveline components is good. He has an open mind on whether any more will join Eve’s fleet, but they may do. The Navigo T is a modestly-sized yet well-appointed midicoach that will create a positive fi rst impression among passengers. Drivers will also like it, and the use of Western components gives an assurance of good reliability. If you’re in what was the Vario’s market, it’s well worth a look. 26 / ROUTE…ONE.NET 9 AUGUST 2017


routeone Issue 702 - 9 August 2017
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