Friday, 5 November 2010

EBE10—Euro Bus Expo 2010

These may not be the first photographs of Euro Bus Expo 2010 but, starting on 3rd November, I wager these are the first substantive reports from what was a mildly exciting show. Smaller than any recent “even year” event, and far less opulent, a sell out it might’ve been but here was at least one half of a hall capacity less to sell. As befits an age of austerity, there appeared fewer day 1 guests, especially from earlier afternoon. Continue below...

Setra double deck coach ~ MCV double deck service bus ~ King Long bus ~ Solo v Streetlite ~ Volvo B13R ~ Orders ~ Austerity ~ Economy ~ Hong Kong ~ Bluebird ~ Setra Grand Prix ~ Irizar ~ Alternatives

4 comments:

RC169 said...

"Nevertheless, unlike many of its kindred, there was a significant and usable area beneath he windscreen to display an operator’s name—something lacking and something to which commenters on this site have long referred."

From the perspective of on-street visibility, it is the area above the windscreen that is more important to my mind, and, in that respect, the King Long is no better than the majority of contemporary single deckers. The area in question would not offer any significant scope for fleetnames or advertising slogans, etc, but it could incorporate part of the operator's livery (although one operator in the late 1980s placed images of animals in this area, one on each side, facing opposite directions!)

The concept that the complete width of the vehicle in the area around the destination display has to be glass with black 'masking' does seem to be something of a pointless fashion accessory - even the MCV double decker has it. Why do operators accept it? The glass used is largely wasted (apart from the area of the actual destination display), and must be heavier and more expensive than conventional metal or glass fibre panels. In the case of the MCV decker, the destination display itself looks to be little bigger than a typical NBC Bristol VRT/ECW of the 1970s. Some operators (e.g Western National, Devon General) used that area for advertising; for others it simply presented the operator's livery and image.

The other issue relating to this part of the vehicle is the visibility of the destination information when it is set behind a curved windscreen. A comparison of the 'standard' (original) and SR type Optare Solo is instructive, and it surprises me that groups representing people with visual disabilities have not complained about these displays.

Anonymous said...

The concept of advertising on the strap hangers has been around in Asia for many years. However, it is normally as a wrap over a strap. The bits of plastic on the King Long do not look very durable or comfortable (in so far as strap hanging can ever be)to use.

I agree with RC169's point about the utility of such things as destination displays. Do manufacturers not have focus groups that represent different users when designing their vehicles?

Anonymous said...

Visited the Expo on Tuesday and agree with many of the points raised about the show being smaller and quieter than previous shows.

As if to demonstrate this just received an email from EuroBus Expo telling me that one of the highlights was an order for six Optare Solos.

Not exactly big spending.

Mr Bennett said...

With regards the Streetlite VS Solo debate, one big advantage the Solo still has (and Solo SR) is that it comes in a choice of widths - the narrow Solo and Solo SR is much more suitable to rural routes and narrow roads.

The destination aperture on the Streetlite is absolutely shocking. Unless you are stood in front of the bus, square on to it, much of the display cannot be seen - just look at the picture in the post of the Anglian Bus Streetlite.