A Plaxton Primo operated by Carters.
The interior of a Plaxton Primo
|Body and chassis|
|Floor type||Low floor|
|Chassis||Enterprise Bus Plasma|
|Capacity||27 Seated, 16 Standing|
|Power output||138 bhp @ 2500 rpm|
|Transmission||Allison 2000 Series 5-speed automatic|
It is the result of close co-operation between Enterprise Bus Ltd (the chassis manufacturer) and Plaxton. The fully welded stainless steel integral chassis final assembly is supplied in right hand drive format as a running unit to Plaxton. Final body assembly is undertaken by Plaxton in Scarborough (UK).
The body and chassis design is also available in both 1 and 2 door left hand drive form.
It was originally intended to replace the Beaver (built on Mercedes-Benz Vario chassis), but pressure from small operators like Western Greyhound persuaded Plaxton to continue that model. This is because the larger bus cannot fit down narrow roads that the Vario is suited to.
Much of the design of the Primo was put into the styling of the larger Plaxton Centro.
In 2008, Plaxton announced the Primo 2 with a number of modifications, the Primos in service would also be modified to Mk2 form to enhance reliability.
- "Plaxton Primo unveiled". Retrieved 10 February 2014.