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March 24, 2017 - Large order for Volvo Buses in India
Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has placed an order for 100 city buses Volvo 8400. The vehicles are fitted with the new 8-litre engine manufactured by the Volvo Group JV in Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh, India. The Volvo D8C engine (330 hp) is coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission Dr. Ekroop Caur, Managing Director at BMTC stated, “Bengaluru’s urban mobility needs are growing rapidly. We are augmenting our fleet of premium buses to provide commuters a desirable alternative to personal vehicles that are leading causes of congestion and pollution.” Volvo Buses has been in India since 2001. Over 6,000 Volvo buses operate on Indian roads. Volvo coaches today connect the major cities across India as well as in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Nearly 1,500 Volvo city buses currently operate in 34 cities in the country.
March 22, 2017 - Further two SmartShuttles for Postbus
The Swiss PostBus operator has purchased two more SmartShuttles to be used on March 20-24 at the CeBIT in Hanover, the biggest exhibition in informatics. The SmartShuttles are minibus with autonomous driving, therefore without steering wheel and driver. On board there is only a person who monitors the systems and can intervene in case of necessity. Since the summer 2016 the two SmartShuttles owned by PostBus and Swiss Post carried more than 16,000 passengers in the center of Sion, capital of Valais, Switzerland. The pilot project will last until the autumn and is a true pioneer project. PostBus is in fact among the first in the world to employ autonomous driving buses to transport passengers on public roads. The vehicles are fitted with 11 seats and are built by the the French Navya manufacturer while the Swiss start-up BestMile developed the fleet management software.
March 22, 2017 - Busmaster.com is the new web site by Iveco Bus
Iveco Bus has just launched the new web site www.busmaster.com. It's dedicated to bodyworks for Daily and Euromidi chassis with front engine. In five languages, the web site offers an optimized selection of Iveco minibus chassis, both for the end user who can access a database that contains all the bodies and equipment provided by partners and both for body builders with new sales, advertising and marketing opportunities, as well as cooperation with Iveco Bus internationally with fruitful exchanges of information. The facilitated online search functions are based on three criteria: intended use (urban, intercity, tourism, school transport), passenger capacity and geographic area. Iveco Bus said "The www.busmaster.com site is a new step forward in view of a fruitful collaboration, as it allows each certificated body builder to present their bodies and construction solutions compatible with the Iveco Bus products. To date, more than 80 vehicles have been included on this platform. "
March 21, 2017 - Scania technology for the Spanish TUCs company
The urban transport company Tucs (Transport Urba de Castelló) based in Castellón, the province of the autonomous community of Valencia, eastern Spain, has added two new buses to its fleet based on Scania mechanics. The buses are powered by a five-cylinder engine (250 hp) with a maximum torque of 1,250 Nm. The vehicles are fitted with the electronic stability control (ESP), the advanced emergency braking function (AEB) which warns the driver in case of risk of collision and can activate the emergency brake in case of imminent danger. It's also included the LDW function that alerts the driver in case of an undesirable lateral movement of the vehicle thanks to a camera that continuously monitors its position.
March 19, 2017 - Indcar Next L7 buses in the fleet of Transunión
The Spanish operator Transunión has took delivery of four of the fourteen Next L7 buses expected for the first months of 2017. Bodied on MB Atego 1024L chassis, the vehicles were developed to meet the needs of Transunión. The company was looking for a powerful vehicle (up to 250 hp) with easy handling for service in a demanding terrain area with narrow, winding and steep roads. A big luggage compartment was also a must. All without compromising a good exterior and interior design. The buses are 7.7 long and board up to 27 passengers plus guide. The following ten units will be built on MAN 12T chassis. The Indcar Next L7 model has been awarded Microbus of the Year 2017 in Spain.
March 16, 2017 - BusTech Challenge: the winner is Kevin Lampert
Kevin Lampert from Liechtenstein is the winner of BusTech Challenge 2017. The 30-year-old vehicle mechanic won against competitors from 16 European countries in the internal competition between authorised Omniplus service outlets and lifted the golden winner´s trophy in Neu-Ulm. Michel Hoeve from the Netherlands secured 2nd place, and the bronze statue went to Joris Keymeulen from Belgium. A total of 768 participants, 216 of them from Germany, entered the popular Olympiad for bus technicians last summer. That was over 80 service employees more than in the previous competition, which is organised every two years by the Daimler Buses service brand Omniplus. The employees had to answer a complex catalogue of online questions at their sites on various aspects of buses and coaches and their function, maintenance and repair. During the final round in Neu-Ulm, the 16 respective national winners demonstrated their practical skills. At different stations, they performed tasks such as diagnosing faults, rectifying malfunctioning door controls, exchanging high-pressure fuel pumps and painting body parts, all under the scrutiny of service specialists, who set a strict time limit for each task. With more than 600 authorised service centres, Omniplus offers the largest bus-specific service network in the whole of Europe.
March 16, 2017 - iF Design Award: Neoplan Tourliner awarded
The Tourliner coach by Neoplan has won the iF Design Award 2017 in the ‘Automobiles/Vehicles/Bikes’ category. The decision of the jury, 58 design experts from 19 countries, recognises that even a coach from the standard segment can be extremely attractive. The award ceremony was held in Munich on March 10. The iF Design Award is an internationally recognised label for good design since 1953. The prizewinners are selected on the basis of fixed criteria such as external appearance and product form, as well as aspects such as the level of innovation, ergonomics, functionality and eco-friendliness. Vice President of Bus/Coach Design at MAN Truck & Bus, Stephan Schönherr, said: “The award is a great tribute to our design team. It underlines the innovative, elegant and high-quality construction of the Neoplan Tourliner”. The Tourliner model was first introduced to the market at the 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicles.
March 15, 2017 - Daimler Buses: best return on sales in 2016
In 2016, the bus division of the Daimler Group once again achieved the best return on sales in the industry of 6.2 percent (adjusted for special items), which is also slightly above its own target. Despite the continuation of very disparate markets, Daimler Buses increased its earnings by 28 percent to €258 million (2015: €202 million). The strong business with complete buses in Western Europe made a significant contribution. With approximately 3,000 buses delivered, the Setra brand actually posted record unit sales in 2016. Daimler Buses sold a total of 26,200 buses and bus chassis worldwide in 2016 (2015: 28,100). Unit sales increased in Europe (European Union, Switzerland and Norway) by about 3 percent to 8,800 vehicles (2015: 8,600) and the market share was approximately 30 percent. Sales of 1,700 units by BusStore, the brand for used vehicles in Europe, were at the level of the previous year. Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses: “Our core markets Europe, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Turkey play a major part in the success of Daimler Buses. We are working with the same focus to expand our global presence and are looking closely at new markets. We plan to grow above all in emerging markets. We develop tailored solutions for each market while utilizing synergies in our worldwide production and sales network.”
March 14, 2017 - Solaris Bus & Coach wins he 2017 EBUS Award
The Polish bus manufacturer is one of the winner of the 2017 EBUS Award organized by the German Association of Public Transport Companies VDV. It's among the most important international awards for environmental protection in public transport. The jury assesses companies as well as individuals who contributed to the development of electro mobility in public transport within the last two years. Four are the categories of the winner announced: bus manufacturer, producer of components or subassemblies, advisory and monitoring companies, carriers. Solaris Bus & Coach has been awarded for a long term contribution in the development in emission free public transportation, continuous actions in that area, the willingness to satisfy customers’ expectations and the wide range of e-mobility solutions offered. Zbigniew Palenica, Deputy CEO of Solaris Bus & Coach, said: "‘The Ebus Award received by our company and by the new Solaris Urbino 12 electric is another reward, which puts us at the forefront of alternative drive, city and intercity bus’ manufacturers. It is an irrefutable proof that our Construction Department, as well as the entire staff, had taken the right path of development by following the course of electromobility. The awards ceremony was held as a part of the ‘Electric Buses - market of the future’ conference, which took place on March 6-8, 2017 in Berlin.
March 11, 2017 - Alstom and NTL launch the electric bus Aptis
A new electric bus 'made in France'. It's called Aptis and was presented on March 9 in Duppigheim, Alsace, by the rail manufacturer Alstom and NTL (New Translohr), another French company that develops innovative solutions for public transport. Aptis is an electric-powered bus inspired to the design of a tramway with low floor accessibility, a 360° view and two or three large double doors. It's fitted with four steering wheels that allow it to occupy 25% less surface in the corners. Charging can be at night in the depot or quick at the terminals via inverted pantograph or SRS, Alstom's innovative fast ground charging system. Alstom and NTL will provide not only the vehicle, but an entire system that includes dimensioning, charging options, road infrastructure, leasing and warranty options. The prototypes are being manufactured in NTL's factory in Duppigheim with key components manufactured by five of Alstom's sites in France Aptis has already attracted the interest of customers in Europe. In France, STIF has decided to launch two trials, one of which is with RATP. Aptis will undergo test runs in Paris and in the Ile-de-France region during the second half of 2017.
March 9, 2017 - Touring H by Nogebus for Autobuses Urederra
Navarra-Based Autobuses Urederra handed over a Touring H coach by Nogebus with front engine. Built on MAN chassis, the vehicle is 8,290 mm long and has on access plus an emergency door. It's fitted with 29 Noge reclining seats with leather trim and two-point belts, double and tinted side windows, LED headlights, air conditioning, heating via convectors, EBA and LGS safety systems, reversing camera, stainless steel hubcaps. The transport company Autobuses Urederra was founded in 1935 and provides passenger transport services at national and international level.
March 9, 2017 - A new Neoplan Tourliner for Unicorn Travel
The North Wales-base Unicorn Travel bus company took delivery of a brand new Neoplan Tourliner Euro6 Select Plus Executive coach. The vehicle is 12 m long and is fitted with 49 seats with synthetic leather piping and headrests, toilet, two monitors, dvd, air conditioning, Durabright alloys. The coach is powered by the MAN 12.4l Euro 6 engine (420 hp) mated to the MAN TipMatic gearbox. This is the second MAN coach added to the fleet of Unicorn Travel. Kevin Carroll, Director of Unicorn Travel: “We bought our first Neoplan Tourliner two years ago, an used coach. Our drivers and customers all give us good feedback. Driver acceptance is important and the comfort of our customers is obviously an intrinsic part of our service ".

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