Optare to re-enter the minibus market with its new Bonito

Optare Bonito

Optare have announced their return to the small and accessible bus market this year with an all new Optare-badged model – the Bonito. The vehicle, produced in the Netherlands by Plastisol to Optare’s specification, will be sold directly by Optare’s sales force and represents a growth opportunity for the company

The Bonito will go on sale to British operators from June, with potential export sales in other European markets following on. It uses a fully integrated composite body structure with accommodation for up to 16 passengers and no separate chassis.

It is based on the highly successful Fiat Ducato Maxi light commercial vehicle which features a gross vehicle weight of 4 tonnes, a 2999cc 157bhp diesel engine, and a choice of six speed manual or semi-automatic transmission.

This new product comes four years after Optare's handsome Alero minibus was retired after selling only 300 units its seven year production run.