A minibus and a van can be very similar in appearance; in fact the minibus is basically a passenger carrying van. Minibuses are commonly created by converting a van, giving rise to the term minibus van. Conversions can be done either by the manufacturer remodelling an existing van and selling it alongside their other stock, or by a specialist conversion companies. The two most recognisable instances of these conversions in the UK are the Ford Transit and the Mercedes Sprinter
Ford Transit minibus van
The Ford Transit minibus van is a common sight up and down motorways and is one of the most widely used by ire and rental companies. The Transit has advanced in recent years and now comes in different sizes with twelve, fifteen and seventeen seater models and a range of engine sizes to match most people’s requirements. Ford Transit`s famous diesel engine is still present and comes in 2.0 litre or 2.4 litre capacity with TDdi and TDCi which can allow owners to achieve cheaper running costs while keeping maintenance low. Like its van counterpart the minibus has all of the durability expected from Ford and while simple in its design overs a rugged and diverse vehicle for any conditions.
As with most modern minibuses Ford include ABS anti-lock braking system and traction control as standard and the “Safeguard” security anti-theft system from the Ford cars is also present. Modern Transits have grown to become well known for their high roof line, a long- time favourite in the van range it offers passengers a multitude of head room. While never one for being particularly stylish Ford Transit`s popularity comes from its driving ability, quality and comfort, the latter is what appeals it most for passengers looking to hire, especially for long journeys.
Mercedes Sprinter Minibus Van
The German car manufacturing giant has had the Mercedes Sprinter on the UK roads for over fifteen years and it continues to be as popular as ever. Formerly just available as a van Mercedes decided that a minibus van will appeal to millions of customers. The ever present stamp of quality that Mercedes offer across their range makes the sprinter popular with many people who like luxury and comfort with their travel. The versatility of the Sprinter means that it is available in a range of different sizes and wheel bases, design and interior can customised as a person requires. The Sprinter is a widely used minibus for schools both mainstream and special, church groups and party goers alike, features include:
Another benefit of the Sprinter is its ability to be modified to allow access for wheelchairs. It can come complete with wheelchair lift and ramp to give easy access as-well as slip resistant floors, tracking for wheelchairs and specially fitted hand rails, poles and seatbelts. Removable seats also allow room for passengers or extra wheelchair space.
- ABS anti-lock braking system
- Rear wheel drive
- Volumetric alarm
- Power Assisted Steering
- Choice of roof heights
- Driver airbag
- Choice of four lengths
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