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April 7, 2016 - The 125th Mercedes coach of Bohr Omnibus GmbH
125th Mercedes coach of Bohr Omnibus GmbH
The travel operator Bohr Omnibus GmbH based in Lautzenhausen, Germany, took delivery of its 125th Mercedes-Benz touring coach. The vehicle is a Travego L, handed over together with two more Travego coaches that Bohr had ordered on the occasion of the firm's 30th anniversary. The coaches is fitted with luxurious Travel Star Xtra (TSX) seating with 5-star seat spacing and Luxline upholstery in leather. The on board equipment includes a galley, WC, 230V power sockets at the seats and all the assistance systems currently available, including Active Brake Assist 3 (ABA3), Adaptive Cruise Control (ART), Lane Assistant (SPA), Attention Assist (ATAS), Eco Driver Feedback (EDF), the auxiliary stop-and-go function for the adaptive cruise control, as well as the anticipatory cruise control system Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC). The first touring coach of Bohr Omnibusv was an O 303 model. A few years ago the sons Timo and Mirco Bohr purchased an identical O 303 and had both its equipment and design restored to their original state. Today, it is used for extra special excursions. There are currently around 80 vehicles in the firm's fleet, 95% of which bear the Mercedes star.
April 7, 2016 - Hannover started to test three Solaris electric buses
test three Solaris electric buses
Hannover’s municipal operator üstra started the test drives of three Solaris Urbino electric buses of the new generation. Last year, Solaris Bus & Coach won the tender for delivering the entire zero-emission transport system, including not only the buses but also the charging infrastructure. The new 12-metre Urbino electric bus for üstra is fitted with the ZF AVE 130 electric drive with two independent axle-mounted motors, lithium-titanate batteries with a total capacity of 125 kWh and the fast pantograph charging system. The batteries can be topped up through a charger which supplies 450 kW via pantographs mounted on the roof. With a single charge which takes only four to six minutes the bus can reach the next charging point. There is also a traditional 32 kW overnight charging device, which uses a plug connection installed in the bus. The three Solaris electric buses will be tested on a 16-kilometre route with 42 stops. They will use the energy from the network of urban light rail. Additional energy savings can be gained thanks to the recuperation system in the vehicles. Test results will be taken into consideration when planning the introduction of further electric buses into the Hanover’s transport network which is the city operator’s long-term goal for the future.
April 6, 2016 - Iveco Afriway for the African market
Iveco Afriway
A bus produced in Africa to meet the local market needs. I's the Afriway by Iveco Bus, a model presented last March at the annual convention of the Southern African Bus Operators Association (SABOA) in Pretoria. The vehicle will be initially available in the two-axle 4x2 configuration (12.3 metres) with manual or automatic transmission and later in the three-axle 6x2 version (14 m). The chassis is the Euromidi one while the bodywork was designed by Dubigeon, Iveco longtime partner. The Afriway has the engine mounted above the front axle instead of in the front to allow a better weight distribution and an increase of the payload. The suspensions have been developed to optimize the driving comfort depending on the specific bus chassis while the entry of passengers is located at the longer front overhang. A wide range of optional equipment will be able to satisfy also the requirements of a semi-luxury intercity transport, offering different types of seats, finishes and air conditioning systems and infotainment. The Afriway will be produced at the Isaw plant in Rosslyn, in the outskirts of Pretoria. Assistance and spare parts will be managed by a group of selected dealers while customers' financial needs as well as repair and maintenance contracts will be managed by Iveco Capital and WesBank, one of the largest lenders in the automotive industry in South Africa. To cover the entire vehicle will be provided with a full two-year warranty while for the powertrain will be provided a warranty of three years or 300,000 kilometers. The aim of Irisbus is to partecipate with the Afriway in some of the largest tenders in the parastatal management companies as well as in tenders outside South Africa.
April 4, 2016 - A new milestone for the Setra ComfortClass 500
new milestone for the Setra ComfortClass 500 series
The Setra ComfortClass 500 series has reached a new milestone: the 2500th vehicle delivered. The landmark coach is an S 516 MD delivered to Kowatsch Nfg. GmbH based in Villach, Austria. The vehicle is fitted with 53 seats, bi-xenon headlamps, on-board toilet, panoramic camera, video system and the latest in safety assistance systems (Lane Assistant, Adaptive Cruise Control with Active Brake Assist). The ComfortClass 500 series was launched in 2012 while the S 516 MD has been part of this series since autumn 2014. It's 13.1 metre long with a reduced base frame and a height of 3.56 metres. The two-axle coach can be used as a shuttle, crewbus or for short weekend trips as well as for journeys with less luggage.
April 4, 2016 - Large order for VDL from Belgium
Large order for VDL from Belgium
VDL Bus & Coach has received another large order from Belgian transport company De Lijn. The order includes 121 Citeas SLE and 10 driving instructor buses, Citeas SLE with a second set of pedals for the driving instructor. The vehicles are in a length of 12 metres and have a capacity of 110 passengers (37 seated and 73 standing). The interior is finished in a very light colour scheme to match De Lijn's house style, and a high priority has been placed on passenger comfort. The driver's cockpit is fully adapted to the needs of De Lijn and includes a driver's door with lowering window, optimal comfort for the driver and maximum storage space. The dashboard is also laid out according to De Lijn's specifications. All the buses will be fitted with a 6.7 litre Cummins ISB6.7E6 280B engine. The first new Citeas will be delivered in the spring of 2017 and will be put in service on various lines in Flanders. “We are extremely happy with this great follow-up order from De Lijn. In less than three years, De Lijn has ordered a total of 345 buses and 41 micro buses from us”, said Peter Wouters, managing director of VDL Bus Roeselare, the factory where the Citeas for De Lijn are being built.
March 23, 2016 - Good news on bus&coach registrations in the EU
Following the monthly report of ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers' Association), in February 2016 new buses and coaches registrations in the EU increased by 10.5% compared to February 2015. «This was probably due to the significant growth observed in Italy (+39.5%), Germany (+27.6%), Spain (+25.9%) and France (+23.2%), while the UK (‐19.8%) performed less well than in February 2015», stated ACEA. In the first two months of 2016, the EU bus and coach market increased by 5.4%, totalling 5,217 units. Demand declined only in the UK (‐24.5%), while new buses and coaches registrations increased in Spain (+30.3%), Germany (+14.2%), France (+10.9%) and Italy (+9.1%).
March 22, 2016 - Twenty years ago the first Solaris bus
On March 22, 1996, the first Solaris low-floor city bus left the factory in Bolechowo near Poznań. In 1999 the Polish producer celebrated the premiere of the Solaris Urbino. Designed and manufactured in Bolechowo, the new bus quickly became a top seller in Poland and the end of 2005 over 1,000 Solaris buses were running in 17 European countries. The company entered the new millennium under a new brand: Solaris Bus & Coach. The Urbino's portfolio was then expanded with models of various lengths, but also with even more innovative items like the low-floor and emission-free trolleybus Trollino and a new one fuelled with CNG. In 2006 Solaris showed its first Urbino Hybrid bus and three years later Solaris presented its first tram, the Tramino. In 2011 the first Polish, completely electric bus left the plant in Bolechowo. In 2014, exactly one decade after the premiere of the Urbino predecessor, the company revealed a completely new construction. In twenty years the factories located near Poznań have manufactured over 14,000 buses and trams which are running in nearly 600 cities.
March 21, 2016 - A difficult 2015 for MAN SE
MAN Group closed 2015 with a decline in orders and turnover. This was in part due to the bad performance of the emerging countries like Brazil and Russia. Man Truck & Bus instead increased both orders and sales in Europe. The overall 2015 revenue of MAN SE dropped to 13.7 billion euro against 14,28 in 2014 (-4.1%) while orders stopped to 14.4 billion (-6%). In the commercial vehicle sector, the units ordered decreased by 12% (107,546 vehicles). The operating profit declined from 384 to 92 million euro. The restructuring charges of MAN's strategic growth plan impacted for 185 million. After taxes and financial and extraordinary items the operating profit rose from 152 to 205 million. Among the Group's divisions, the worst performances are those of MAN Latin America with a turnover of 1.04 billion (-53%) and orders more than halved (from 2.3 to 1 billion euro). Data were inevitably influenced by the economic situation of Brazil. The turnover of MAN Diesel & Turbo was positive (+ 0.98%) but orders in the Power Engineering segment declined by 13%. Far better was MAN Truck & Bus whose turnover rose to 8.14 billion (+ 5.75%) thanks to the recovery of commercial vehicles in Europe. Orders increased by 6% to 9.6 billion euro. Europe therefore remains the most important area of ​​MAN Group and represents 67% of the total market (in 2014 it was 59%), followed by the Americas (11%) and Asia (10)%.
March 20, 2016 - Further VDL Futuras on French Starshipper lines
vdl futuras Starshipper lines
After the supply of 10 Futuras at the end of 2015 to French passenger transport companies that provide service on the Starshipper long distance lines, VDL Bus & Coach is delivering an additional 11 Futuras to the same companies during the the first four months of 2016. All the coaches are the Futura FHD2-129/440 model in a length of 12.9 m. with a capacity of 48+1+1 seats. The luxury equipment includes very comfortable seats, Wi-Fi, 220 volt socket at all seats, a defibrillator and/or a wheelchair lift. Starshipper is one of the five players involved in the opening-up of the market for long-distance coaches. The marque is operated by independent SMEs active in passenger transport in France.
March 14, 2016 - European preview in Paris of the BYD electric bus
European preview in Paris of the BYD electric bus
The pure electric bus produced by BYD has made its European debut in Paris. The vehicle is currently under homologation testing before its introduction in Europe. Paris was chosen for this preview appearance thanks to a drive by the city’s mayor to reduce pollution from such vehicles. BYD electric bus is powered by a 180kw (241bhp) engine. The Chinese manufacturer declares a range of 200 km under typical operating conditions and a recharge time of 2.5 hours. Among the safety devices there is the Advanced emergency braking system (AEBS), the Braking system incorporating electronic stability control (ESC), Adaptive cruise control (ACC), Lane departure warning system, tyre pressure monitoring system for all wheels, automatic fire extinguishers (front and rear), keyless start. On board there is the wheelchair area and the lifting device. Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe, said: “We’ll shortly be announcing our introduction plans for our coach in Europe, with France as our first market. Many of the technologies we have developed about our city bus range – also with experience of millions of kilometres of in service running - are applicable to this new model: the BYD pure electric coach. We are confident we have a vehicle which exactly suits the city’s needs”.
March 12, 2016 - CNG Scania/Castrosua buses for Madrid
CNG Scania/Castrosua buses for Madrid
Six CNG buses have joined the fleet of Arganda del Rey, the company that manages the public transportation service on behalf of the Regional Transport Consortium of Madrid (CRTM). The vehicles are bodied by Iberian Castrosua manufacturer on Scania technology: one city bus in a length of 10.8 meters on Scania K280 UB 4x2 CNG chassis and five 13-metres intercity buses on Scania K 320 IB 4x2 CNG chassis. The vehicles are fitted with seat for the disabled, ramp both automatic and manual and fire alarm systems. The Community of Madrid owns 145 buses powered by natural gas, in addition to several tens of hybrid vehicles.
March 11, 2016 - Dancer bus goes with the wind
Dancer bus goes with the wind
Produced in Lithuania, Dancer bus is a very special vehicle. It travels with the electrical energy from wind power and it has a design that has never seen before. It was originally an old Škoda TR14 trolleybus. Then "Vejo Projects", a company with Lithuanian and German capital specializing in the development of transport systems powered by renewable energy for the international markets, turned it into Dancer bus. The original engine has been replaced by four electric motors in the wheels which produce energy thanks to the constantly active wind turbines. The weight of the bus was then cut by 57% thanks to the replacement of the old roof and side sheets with vertical transparent panels made from recycled materials. In this way, the bus moves more smoothly and requires less energy. It is also widely illuminated by natural light as well as providing a broad overview of the city, even through the interactive panels that can be programmed to display video and images. To date, there are two Dancer bus in service in Kaunas, Lithuania's second largest city by population. The goal is to convert the entire fleet over the next year.

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