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Bus sales show signs of recovery.

NEOPLAN

Tourliner wins the iF Design Award 2017.

SOLARIS

Award for e-mobility solutions.

HYDROGEN

Trial for PostBus.

DAIMLER BUSES

Positive 2016 for European sales.

INDCAR

Mobi City Low Entry version.

SCANIA

Touring HD, now available also in Italy.

IRIZAR

On the road with the i6S 13.35 Integral.

SPECIAL COACHES

Vehicles in support of the Milan-Sanremo.

April 20, 2017 - Red Dot Award to the VDL Citea SLFA Electric bus
VDL Bus & Coach has been awarded for its Citea SLFA Electric bus model. The vehicle has won the 2017 Red Dot Award in the ‘Product Design’ category. The Red Dot Award is a prestigious international design prize conferred annually by the ‘Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen’ in Essen, Germany. More than 5,500 entries from 54 countries were submitted this year. The jury was unanimous in its praise of the design of the articulated VDL Citea SLFA Electric bus model. 'The conferral of an award by the highly critical Red Dot jury is a sign of excellent design quality and represents a successful design policy”, says Professor Peter Zec, the founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award.
April 19, 2017 - 314 ADL buses for Stagecoach Group
Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) has been awarded over 90% of the total contract of new vehicles for Stagecoach Group, as a result of the Group’s annual competitive tender process. The 314 ADL vehicles will be delivered by the end of April 2018 and introduced in Stagecoach’s regional bus operations in England, Scotland and Wales as well as on the megabus.com and Scottish Citylink coach networks. Manufactured in ADL’s plants in Falkirk, Scarborough and Guildford, the fleet of 181 Enviro400 double deck buses, 102 Enviro200 midi and single deck buses and 31 Plaxton coaches will all be equipped with innovative technology to minimise environmental impact while delivering a premium on-board passenger experience with comfortable, modern interior styling and USB charging points. The vehicles will be equipped with an innovative technology to minimize the environmental impact thanks to the 'stop-start' engine device. This innovation automatically disables the engine at the stop with the opening of the door, then restarting the closure. The cut of gaseous emissions and noise at stops greatly improves the air quality in the vicinity of the vehicle as well as the experience of the passengers on board.
April 16, 2017 - 41 MAN CNG buses for the BRT in Copenhagen
Large individual headlights, futuristic wheel arch covers and translucent bellows. It's the futuristic design of the 41 MAN Lion’s City GL CNG buses that MAN Truck & Bus will supply to the Danish public transport agency Movia. The articulated buses will be runned by Arriva Denmark on the Movia’s first BRT City Line connecting Herlev, in the north of Copenhagen, through the city centre to the airport. The 18.75 metre long buses will have a room for up to 150 passengers, five 1,250 mm wide, double-leaf swivel sliding doors and an optimized electric drive. The safety features includes EBS, ABS, anti-slip regulators, light barriers on the swinging-sliding doors and video cameras to monitor the buses’ interior. The 310-HP engine is fuelled with biogas. Around 1,250 buses, which is one third of Denmark’s entire local public transport fleet, operate under Movia’s flag. The transport agency commissioned Arriva, Keolis, Nobina and local Danish operators as subcontractors. Arriva Danmark A/S, a 100% subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, currently operates almost 40% of Movia’s buses.
Apr. 14, 2017 - Large order for VDL Bus & Coach in the Netherlands
An order for 100 electric buses plus 18 double deckers has been placed by Dutch public transport company Connexxion. All the vehicles will be supplied by VDL Bus & Coach. This is the largest order for electric buses in VDL's history and gives Connexxion and its parent company Transdev the largest electric bus fleet in Europe. The VDL Citea SLFA Electric buses will have their batteries topped up periodically so they can operate 24 hours per day. Each of the electric buses will be driven over 100,000 km per year. The 14.1-m VDL Futura FDD2 coaches will have a room for 86 seats. The door constructions will be adapted to the demanding public transport work. It's the first time that double-deckers will be used for public transport in the Netherlands.
April 14, 2017 - DT Spare Parts expands the range of bus parts
The brand of German Diesel Technic presents a new spare parts catalogue containing more than 100 new products suitable for the Volvo Bus B 10/12 coach series with TD/THD engine. More than 3,000 reference numbers from the vehicle manufacturer are replaced by over 1,600 own products in the catalogue. The digital product catalogue suitable for the Volvo Bus B 10/12 with TD/THD engine is available online at https://www.dieseltechnic.com/catalogues. Print catalogues for everyday use in the workshop can be directly requested as usual by using the order form available at https://www.dt- spareparts.com/catalogue-request or from local sales partners. The full range of the DT Spare Parts brand comprises a total of more than 13,000 spare parts for buses.
April 13, 2017 - The first edition of Bus2Bus to be held in Berlin
On April 25-26, 2017, it will be held in Berlin the first edition of Bus2Bus. This is a combined trade fair, congress and marketplace that will offer a meeting place to discuss on new business approaches and building cross-industry partnerships. Buses will be showcased there both in static displays and in action. Bus operators, vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and visionaries are invited to Bus2Bus to share new ideas and solutions. At the Future Forum a wide variety of future topics and industry trends will be discussed through workshops, technology sessions, pitches and keynote speeches. Meeting in Berlin with Bus2Bus. Further info at http://www.bus2bus.berlin/en/
April 12, 2017 - Do not miss the FIAA exhibition on May 23-26
The countdown has started. In just over a month the international exhibition of buses & coaches FIAA will come back in Madrid on May 23 to 26 (Halls 7 and 9). IFEMA, the trade fair of Madrid organizing the event, has given in advance some numbers of this thirteenth edition: 120 exhibitors from 12 countries (22% from abroad) and 22 thousand square meters, 20% more compared to the previous edition. Confirmed the presence of the international big manufacturers including EvoBus (Mercedes Benz), Scania, Man Truck & Bus Iberia, Volvo España, Solaris, King Long, Temsa. Among local manufacturers, there will be among the others Irizar, Sunsundegui, Castrosua, Ayats, Nogebus, Unvi, Beulas, Indcar, Ferqui. As for the events, do not miss the Minibus of the Year 2017 organized by the prestigious jury of the 'Bus & Coach of the Year' and a vintage display of city and intercity buses. The Spanish bus market is experiencing a strong recovery and a renewed vitality. The data collected by the National association of manufacturers of buses and bodies (ASCABUS) show an industry growth over the past two years with an increase of more than 22% of turnover, 15% for employment and 23% for production. The registered buses rose in 2016 to 3,759 units.
April 12, 2017 - New parking for tourist coaches in Genoa, Italy
From April 18, it will be available in Genoa, Italy, a new toll parking for tourist coaches. Located about 5 km from the main passengers points in the city center, the park area will offer 35 seats coaches. Rates range from a minimum of € 35 (including VAT) for 4 hour to a maximum of € 80 for 24 hours. Reservations will be required through the website www.genovabusparking.it. For more information contact the numbers +39 340 6738677 / +39 010 564003 or send an email to prenotazioni@genovabusparking.it Genovarent Srl, in association with the Society for Cornigliano, won the tender launched by the City of Genoafor the the management of the new parking. Genovarent stated: "The initiative will help solve the constant problems due to the insufficient stalls available downtown, and to regulate the use of unauthorized parking lots, currently used in spite of prohibitions, thus avoiding administrative sanctions against the owners of the buses."
April 10, 2017 - 203 Volvo city bus chassis sold to Panama City
Volvo has sold 203 city bus chassis to Panama City. Volvo’s low-floor chassis model is 13.2 m long and is equipped with EBS brake system and Electronic Stability Program (ESP). The buses will be fitted with air conditioning, Wi-Fi and seats with seatbelts. They will also feature the Volvo fleet management software Fleet Manager. The 203 Volvo buses will run on the highways connecting the capital to its satellite cities. The buses will be delivered by the end of the year. After delivery of these vehicles, nearly 1,500 Volvo buses will be running in the capital of Panama.
April 10, 2017 - Mercedes Sprinter City 35 to the Eltz Castle
From April 2017 a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter City 35 minibus covers a daily shuttle service to the Eltz Castle, Germany, conveying tourists from all over the world to the impressive building that once adorned the 500 German Mark banknote. The low-floor minibus is fitted with a folding ramp and a wheelchair platform. For its service on this route steeped in history, the Sprinter City 35 has taken on the same colour as the timber framework of Eltz Castle. The vehicles was handed over on March 6, by Dr Karl Graf, lord of Eltz Castle. This is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River, Germany. It is still owned by a branch of the same family (the Eltz family) that lived there in the 12th century, 33 generations ago.
April 5, 2017 - Indcar Mobi City mini buses for Sagalés
The Spanish group Sagalés introduced into its fleet a half-dozen of new minibus. The model is City Mobi manufactured by Indcar on Iveco Daily 70C Euro 6 chassis. The vehicles have a capacity up to 22 seated passengers plus 11 standing and a platform for the wheelchair. They are all provided with a telescopic ramp. Thanks to its small size (2.35 m. width), Mobi City moves smoothly in urban centers and, at the same time, the design offers a spacious interior by straight lines. Sagalés brings together companies dedicated to the transport of passengers by bus and is one of the leading companies in Spain in the sector of passenger mobility. It has more than 250 regular lines and carries over 23 million passengers a year.
April 5, 2017 - Amadeus and Distribution Technologies' partnership
Amadeus, the provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry, has announced a new partnership with Distribution Technologies, the leading global distributor for airport transfer and intercity bus rides. Distribusion brings over 300 airport bus transfer & intercity bus operators in 2.500 destinations to Amadeus’ travel seller network. With content, search, booking, payment, ticketing and settlement capabilities covered, travel agencies can focus on adapting this new offer to travellers, and in turn, bus companies will be more visible to new customers in new channels, ultimately driving sales growth. Initially, Amadeus travel sellers in central, eastern and southern Europe will be able to access Distribusion bus content with more across the world expected to join soon. “Travelling by bus is an attractive choice for many, but could be for many more. Bus operators now have a complete package to unlock growth and make a significant footprint in the global travel industry. Our two partnerships with Betterez and Distribusion could not come at a better moment, when new entrants and market dynamics are pushing towards improving the overall offer and experience” said Antoine de Kerviler, Head of Rail & Ground Travel at Amadeus.”

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