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Why didn't the Leyland Lynx Take Off Here?

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Why didn't the Leyland Lynx Take Off Here?

Postby Swift » Sun Sep 13, 2015 6:58 pm

Back in 1984 when the first Leyland Lynx demonstrator, with local bodywork by J.W Bolton, arrived here, Leyland was still a major player on the Australian bus market.
The Lynx made for a very effective and smart looking wholesale refresh of the late 1960s developed National design.
Front and rear spare body panels would have needed to be sourced from the U.K untile it was economic to produce them aftermarket locally.
There were two demonstrators with fully local sourced PMC Metro 90 bodies (ending up with Premier Illawarra NSW), but, still no subsequent orders resulted.
Did the National experience put operators off buying another rear engined Leyland product?
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Re: Why didn't the Leyland Lynx Take Off Here?

Postby mrobsessed » Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:23 pm

The two demos sat as chassis for 4 years, the UK bodies were atrociously built and Leyland couldn't organise the proverbial in a brewery.
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Re: Why didn't the Leyland Lynx Take Off Here?

Postby PoweredByCNG » Sat Sep 19, 2015 12:49 am

The 70s and 80s were terrible times for English manufacturing. Industrial unrest meant that supply was uncertain, a reduction of import taxes for European products meant that the likes of Mercedes-Benz and MAN became cost-effective.
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Re: Why didn't the Leyland Lynx Take Off Here?

Postby Swift » Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:47 am

While we have some West Aussie responders, what factor led Transperth to sell off their Leyland B21 fleet relatively early?
Was it the GM 6-71s being too different or just that the type was relatively small in number and non standard?
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Re: Why didn't the Leyland Lynx Take Off Here?

Postby PoweredByCNG » Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:23 pm

High fuel consumption from the DD 671N engines.
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