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January 26, 2016 - Scania Citywide Hybrid for CRTM Madrid
Scania Citywide Hybrid for CRTM Madrid
Scania announced the order for 46 units of its hybrid model Citywide to various companies connected to the CRTM, the Regional Transport Consortium of Madrid. The vehicles, all in Class II, will be delivered in the second half of 2016. The Scania Citywide Hybrid is a 100% Scania vehicle with parallel hybrid technology and battery combined to the 9-litre Scania diesel engine (320 hp) with SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction). This is a solution that reduces both fuel consumption and carbon emissions. The body is aluminum and it is versatile as to adapt to the specific customer requests.
January 22, 2016 - Koc Holding: the leader Mustafà Koc died
Mustafà Koc died
Yesterday morning died Mustafa Koc, CEO of the largest industrial group of Turkey, Koc Holding which is Fiat partner for decades and owner, among the other companies, of Otokar Otobüs Karoseri San. A.Ş. The Turkish industrial, 55 years, was struck by a heart attack. At the head of the Group since 2003, Koc was the leader of the third generation of one of the largest industrial dynasties of Turkey, founded in the Twenties by the grandfather Vehbi Koc. Koc Holding has interests in several sectors including automotive, energy, consumer electronics, financial services, defense, construction, retail. The Group employs 95,745 people and 14,000 dealers and after-sales service agencies. With more than one hundred subsidiaries (including 16 listed on the Istanbul Stock Exchange), Koc Holding is about 9% of Turkish exports and 8% of the GDP of the country.
Jan. 21, 2016 - Solaris Urbino 12 electric bus awarded in Spain
Solaris Urbino 12 electric bus awarded in Spain
The new Solaris Urbino 12 electric bus has been awarded Bus of the Year 2016 in Spain. The awards has been given by the Spanish trade magazine Viajeros. The official awarding ceremony took place in Madrid. The jury was composed by representatives of the most important public transport companies in Spain as well as by local experts in the automotive field. The jury paid attention to such parameters as reliability and environmental friendliness. Emission-free and clean, the 12-metre Urbino 12 electric bus was premiered at 2015 Kortrijk Busworld. The electrically powered Solaris bus can be fitted with different kinds of batteries of various capacities. Solaris offers many configurations also for charging systems: plug-in, pantograph or inductive charging systems depending on the infrastructure of customer. The Bus of the Year title in Spain is a further success of Solaris on electromobility. Currently Solaris battery-powered vehicles are running in Austria, Germany, Sweden and Poland. In the nearest future electric Solaris buses will start operation in Barcelona. Additionally the awarded model of the new Urbino has been tested in Paris and soon will be on service in Hamburg and Hannover, Germany, as well as in Tampere, Finland.
Jan. 21, 2016 - Otokar Europe: Brian Noone Ltd in UK and Ireland
Otokar Europe: Brian Noone Ltd in UK and Ireland
Otokar Europe has recently appointed Brian Noone Ltd. as Distributor for Otokar buses in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Channels Islands and the United Kingdom. In the UK, distribution of Otokar buses will be done through Minis to Midis, the appointed agent of Brian Noone Ltd. Brian Noone Limited is established for over 50 years in the Motor Industry and have built up a solid reputation for their dedicated after sales service. The Company is located in Maynooth, on a 5 acre site just off the M4 motorway, 20 minutes from Dublin Airport. Brian Noone Ltd. specialises in providing a top quality range of small and large coaches and full after-sales support (spare parts, crash repairs, CVRT Centre for light and heavy goods, coach glazing, Tilt testing, Tachograph calibrating, speed limiter sealing and air conditioning servicing). Brian Noone Ltd will carry out sales and after-sales activities for the Otokar Navigo T, an 8.4 m midi coach with 37 seats.
January 21, 2016 - 3PMSF certification for GT Radial tire
3PMSF certification for GT Radial tire
The GT Radial GAU861 is a tire for all positions developed for city buses by Giti Tire. Recently the tire achieved the "three-peak mountain snoflakes" certification (3PMSF: three mountain peaks with snow flake). The tire is available in size 275/70 R22.5 for steering axles and drive axles configurations typical for city buses. The M + S label guarantees the excellent performance of traction and braking on snow and in general in winter conditions. Among the plus of GAU861, the protectors of the extra-reinforced side for maximum strength under braking and shock and the tread depth of 20.2 mm for a good mileage and reduced noise for greater passenger comfort. "With the GT Radial brand we are developing a broad portfolio of products for the mid-market and services for fleets, which meets all the needs of passenger transport and meets the growing market demand," says Daria Sala from CUNA, TBR Sales & Marketing Europe Director of Giti Tire. The GT Radial portfolio for the Urban division also includes the GSR225 R Combi Road, available in sizes 19.5" and 22.5" with M + S mark and suitable for use on certified Euro VI vehicles thanks to the recent increase of the load index. They have also been certified 3PMSF and M + S marked, the regional model GAR820 for all position, the GDR619 and GDR638 for alternative drive axle, keying in 17.5 ", and the GDL617, the GDR621 and GT629 for drive axle in 22.5" size.
January 21, 2016 - The new Scania Group's web site
The new Scania Group's web site
Scania launches the new Scania Group's web site. It will have a clear focus on news, images and videos about Scania’s operations, businesses and transport solutions from around the world. “We continue to strengthen our online channels,” says Staffan Ekengren, Head of Scania Newsdesk. “As a global company, we know the importance of a strong digital presence to reach our customers and other stakeholders.” Scania’s new web site is a comprehensive arena for information not just about Scania, but also about developments within the transport and logistics fields, with a significant focus on sustainability. “Much of the long-lasting information on the new corporate site will be perceived as more dynamic since we link information on, for example, sustainability to current and previous stories that exemplify different aspects of the transport and logistics industry,” says Erica Zandelin. As Scania in 2016 celebrates its 125th year anniversary, the new web site also provides comprehensive historical content. For readers more interested in future transport solutions the innovation section will be a treat. The new Scania Group web site can be found at http://www.scania.com/group For deeper and more detailed insight into Scania’s products and transport solutions, please see http://www.scania.com/global
January 19, 2016 - Indcar Strada for TMB Barcelona
Indcar Strada for TMB Barcelona
Between December and January, Indcar delivered half a dozen Strada minibuses to Barcelona-based TMB, the main public transport operator of the Iberian metropolis. Bodied on Sprinter 516 chassis with Euro VI engine, the vehicles have a capacity of six seated passengers and 16 standing. They are fitted with electric lift and USB interface. They have been specially adapted for the metropolitan transport of Barcelona. The versatility offered by the Strada model offers capacities from 16 to 22 seats and can also include up to three wheelchair seats. 7.345 mm long, this model by Indcar is available in urban, intercity, shuttle and school version.
January 16, 2016 - Five VDL Citea LLE buses in Aachen, Germany
At the end of December 2015 the German transport company ASEAG (Aachner Straßenbahn und Energieversorgungs-AG), took delivery of five VDL buses. The vehicles are the Citea model in the Light Low Entry version (LLE). One of these buses has already been in use as part of a trial, since November 2014. During this test phase, the Citea LLE demonstrated that its lightweight construction does indeed result in lower fuel consumption and as a consequence lower emissions of harmful substances. ASEAG is responsible for public transport in Aachen, a city in West Germany.
January 15, 2016 - Valeo acquires Spheros
valeo acquires spheros
Valeo has signed an agreement with Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG), a listed private equity company, to acquire Spheros, the worldwide leader in air conditioning systems for buses. With annual revenue of around €250 million, Spheros leverages its technological leadership to supply air conditioning systems to all the main bus manufacturers and major fleet operators. It has a worldwide sales network and a vast industrial footprint, with plants in Germany, Finland, Turkey, the United States, Brazil, China and India. The acquisition will allow Valeo to extend its thermal management activities to the vibrant bus market, which is expected to grow by more than 5% annually over the coming years, driven by the expansion of public transportation throughout the world at a time of accelerating urbanization. By joining one of the world's leading thermal systems suppliers for the automotive industry, Spheros, whose margins are higher than Valeo's, will become more competitive in parts procurement and systems design. This external growth project, which is expected to be accretive from the first year, is part of the strategy presented to the Group's shareholders in March 2015 aiming to introduce new growth drivers particularly in CO2 emissions reduction systems. The transaction is subject to the approval of the relevant anti-trust authorities.
January 14, 2016 - Four Solaris Urbino buses in Zakopane, Poland
four Solaris Urbino in Zakopane Poland
Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. and Millenium Leasing won the tender to deliver four buses to municipal company TESKO from Zakopane, Poland. The four Solaris Urbino 8,9 LE buses will operate on two lines which will be launched in the Polish mountain resort in April this year. Under the terms of the tender, the vehicles will be leased for three years with a final purchase option. The first two units are planned to be handed over to Zakopane in March 2016 and the remaining two vehicles in August. The Urbino LE with its length of 8,9 meters and width of 2,4 m is the smallest low-entry vehicle manufactured by Solaris. It's powered by a Cummins ISB6.7 E6 250B (187 kW) engine. The four Urbinos for Zakopane are to be fitted with a wheelchair space for disabled travelers, CCTV, passenger information system as well as ticket machines. In 2013, a Solaris electric bus was tested in Zakopane circulating between the most popular and known places in Tatra National Park as Morskie Oko and Kuźnice.
07.01.2016 - Tom Tom Telematics acquires Polish Finder SA
Tom Tom Telematics acquires Polish Finder SA
On January 4, 2016, TomTom has announced the acquisition of Finder SA, a provider of services for fleet management in Poland. The acquisition is effective since the end of December 2015. "Poland is one of the markets of telematics in the fastest growing in Europe," said Thomas Schmidt, Managing Director of TomTom Telematics. "By combining the strength of TomTom Telematics' existing activities with SA Finder, we turn directly to the general telematics market, with strong growth and high potential, establishing also a leading position in Eastern Europe." This acquisition adds further 60,000 subscriptions to the installed base of TomTom Telematics, exceeding the threshold of 600,000 vehicles.

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