Optare Prisma

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Optare Prisma
Optare Prisma 1.jpg
First Manchester Optare Prisma in Eccles in December 2007
Body and chassis
Doors 1 door
Floor type Step entrance
Engine Mercedes Benz
Transmission ZF 4-speed automatic
Voith 3-speed automatic

The Optare Prisma is a single-decker bus body that was produced for the Mercedes-Benz O405 chassis.[1] 121 vehicles were built, the majority were bought by Tees & District (now Arriva North East); Grampian Regional Transport (now First Aberdeen); Eastern Scottish, (now First Scotland East); Leicester Citybus (now First Leicester); and East Yorkshire Motor Services.


The front end of the body was built by Mercedes-Benz as standard. So the Wright Cityranger, which was the main rival body to the Prisma for the O405 chassis in the UK, is very similar in styling to the Prisma. The sides and back end of the body followed the styling of other Optare products at that time, such as the Delta and Vecta. The Prisma eventually outsold the 22 Wright Cityranger bodies.



  1. ^ Webb, Mary; Clarke, Jackie (2007). Jane's Urban Transport Systems. Jane's Information Group. p. 389 & 391. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 

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