Northumberland based Cooper’s Tourmaster has taken delivery of a stylish new Plaxton Panther coach to the latest style, one of the first to be mounted on the new Volvo B11R platform. Returning to Plaxton has been a positive experience for Director John Cooper, ’We are very impressed with the quality and finish of the new Panther, the paint scheme has been superbly executed and provides a real ‘wow’ factor for our customers.
The whole experience of dealing with Plaxton has been excellent, the team is very professional and nothing is too much for them in their attention to detail. Our customers and drivers are really pleased with the new addition to the fleet.’
The new Panther is a 12.8m two-axle vehicle featuring 51 Politecnica GTV reclining seats incorporating all age three point seatbelts. Together with the matching courier seat, the seats are trimmed in blue moquette with blue leather headrest inserts and piping. The blue theme is continued through the interior soft trim and curtains, co-ordinating with the shades of grey used for interior mouldings, roof lining and carpeting. Customer comfort is assured by climate control incorporating a roof mounted Thermo-King air conditioning unit and deep tinted double-glazed windows. The floor mounted toilet and fridge allows maximum luggage volume. Entertainment is provided by a premium Bosch DVD/CD/Radio/PA system with forward mounted monitor.
Underneath the strong, lightweight stainless steel framed Plaxton Panther coachwork is the Euro 5 Volvo B11R chassis incorporating a rear mounted Volvo D11C 10.8 litre engine delivering 450bhp and Volvo I-Shift automated gearbox. Euro 5 is achieved through SCR technology. Externally, the new Panther, named Laura Jane, is enhanced with Alcoa Dura-Brite alloy wheels and carries Cooper’s Tourmaster’s striking livery fading from orange to pale green with strong blue and orange graphics.
Cooper’s Tourmaster was founded in 1953 and now operates around 25 high specification coaches offering between 16 and 70 seats from its base in Bedlington, Northumberland. The company bought its first new Plaxton coach in 1966 and has regularly used Plaxton products on the wide variety of work undertaken.
The new Panther will be primarily used on Cooper’s Tourmaster’s extensive UK tour programme. Cooper’s Tourmaster’s new Plaxton Panther was supplied by Plaxton Coach Sales at Anston.