Optare Alero

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Optare Alero
Optare Alero 1.jpg
An Optare Alero being operated by Cumfy Bus on a Merseytravel "Joblink" service in Birkenhead
Manufacturer Optare
Production 2001-2008
Body and chassis
Doors 1 door
Floor type Low floor
Engine Iveco
Capacity 22 seated
Length 7.2 metres
Height 2.5 metres[citation needed]

The Optare Alero is a low-floor integral minibus that was built by Optare between 2001 and 2008. It was built as an alternative to van-derived buses such as the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

Around 300 were built in the first five years of production. The primary markets for the Alero have been community transport groups and rural demand responsive bus routes, such as Hampshire's Cango.


The Alero has an Iveco engine and a choice of manual or automatic ZF transmission. It typically seats between twelve and sixteen passengers, capacity being partly dependent upon whether space is provided for a wheelchair. The destination display box is optional.

Alero Plus[edit]

The Alero was relaunched in 2006 as the Alero Plus. Various changes and component upgrades have been made in an attempt to overcome reliability and durability issues suffered by the original design. In 2008, the Alero was discontinued. However, Optare have stated that they will continue to offer after sales support.

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