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In 2019 also the hydrogen bus will be available.

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Lion’s Coach with ZF automatic transmission.Two new models in XL size.

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March 7, 2016 - Continental ContiPressureCheck on Solaris buses
Continental ContiPressureCheck on Solaris buses
Solaris Bus & Coach will offer the Continental’s tire-pressure-monitoring system ContiPressureCheck as original equipment on their vehicles. The ContiPressureCheck system uses sensors inside the tire to measure both the tire pressure as well as the temperature inside the tire in real time. The data is continually sent to the cab and presented to the driver via a display. If the tire pressure deviates from the correct specified value, ContiPressureCheck warns the driver immediately. In this way the system helps to reduce fuel consumption and tire wear as well as increasing mileage. In addition, ContiPressureCheck makes a valuable contribution to passenger safety.
March 7, 2016 - Solaris won a tender in Cracow for 60 buses
Solaris won a tender in Cracow for 60 buses
The tender held by Cracow City Transport for 60 low-floor and low-emission city buses has been awarded to Solaris Bus & Coach. The model offered by the Polish manufacturer is the new Urbino city bus. The value of the contract amounts to €17 million while deliveries are scheduled for June 2016. The vehicles are to be fitted with eco-friendly DAF engines which meet the most restrictive fuel emission Euro 6 standards. An important innovation will be braking energy recuperation. The kinetic energy recovered during the braking process may be stored in supercapacitors and reused to supply electric equipment on the bus. This solution helps deliver even better fuel efficiency.theour most important customers of Solaris Bus & Coach not only on the Polish market but all over Europe.
March 4, 2016 - BusStore Show 2016
BusStore Show 2016
The BusStore Show 2016 attracted over 1,000 visitors from more than 25 countries in Neu-Ulm, Germany, on February 19-20. Around 170 buses of all popular brands and types were on show and over one-third of these vehicles (from minibuses to double-deckers) changed owner in the course of the international show organised by the used-bus brand of Daimler Buses. During the two days of the event Omniplus, the service brand of Daimler Buses, informed visitors about its tailor-made service contracts and offerings, such as BestAge Repair for used buses and high-quality genuine spare parts. The employees of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services were on hand to present attractive financing packages for pre-owned buses. BusStore is an independent quality brand for the used-bus activities of Daimler Buses and it has been offering since 2014 an extensive pool of vehicles. BusStore's specialists test and grade every used bus according to specifically defined BusStore criteria. In addition, Gold category vehicles come with a BusStore warranty. The buses are carefully prepared at Omniplus service centres close to BusStore's European locations.
March 3, 2016 - New Daimler center in South East Asia
New Daimler center in South East Asia
The new Daimler South East Asia Pte Ltd regional center (DSEA) started business in Singapore. The new center oversees sales and service activities covering both Mercedes-Benz trucks, buses and vans and FUSO trucks and buses. The regional center in Singapore covers 18 markets: Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam. Singapore is an important market for Daimler's bus and coach business. Illustrating this, at the opening of the regional centre for South East Asia, the 1000th Mercedes-Benz Citaro urban bus has been handed over to the long running customer SBS Transit in Singapore. The island state has the biggest single fleet of Mercedes-Benz Citaro urban buses in operation worldwide. All vehicles come from the EvoBus plant in Mannheim, Germany. Mercedes-Benz buses have been travelling Singapore's roads for over 15 years now.
March 3, 2016 - MAN Lion's Intercity awarded in Germany
MAN Lion's Intercity awarded in Germany
The Lion's Intercity, the new model unveiled last fall at the Kortijk Busworld, won the iF Gold Award 2016 in the "Automobiles / Vehicles / Bikes" category. The ceremony was held on February 26 in Monaco of Bavaria during the iF Design Award Night. The 58 design experts of the jury motivated the choice as follows "The MAN Lion's Intercity convinced the jury for the classical forms, the well-drawn lines and the balanced proportions. All the parts are made with the highest accuracy: interiors are harmonized with the body and vice versa, windows and doors are elegantly integrated in the whole and the language of color, materials and surface structures are in perfect harmony. These are characteristics that make this bus a modern vehicle that can get under all aspects. " Among the award criteria, in addition to appearance and shape of the product, are included the degree of innovation, ergonomics, functionality and ecological aspects. The iF Gold Award is one of the most famous design competitions and appreciated all over the world and it's organized every year since 1953 by the iF International Forum Design GmbH. More than 5,000 candidates present themselves each year, coming from seventy countries. The iF Gold Award 2016 is the thirteenth award won by MAN after awards such as the "Red Dot Design Award", the "iF Design Award" and the "German Design Award".
March 3, 2016 - The toilet bus by ATM Milan
toilet bus by ATM Milan
The toilet bus is the first of its kind in Europe. It's the result of an idea of ATM, the public transport company of Milan. It's a refurbished three-door old citybus in size 12 m. fitted with five toilets (two for men, two for women and one equipped for disabled people and complete with changing table) and four sinks. The vehicle is air conditioned and has tanks for clean water (over 2,500 liters of autonomy) and sewage (over 2,700 liters). The power supply will be guaranteed by special columns installed by the multi-utility company A2A in the places where the bus will take place. The toilet bus debuted in late February at the Milan Fashion Woman week end. The calendar includes about seventy stages throughout 2016. "We have imported this innovative idea from China," said the municipal councilor Pierfrancesco Maran, "to offer an additional service to citizens and tourists and help to maintain the decorum of the city. The fact that the bathrooms are traveling allows us to use them as needed in the places of greatest attractiveness. The bus is also aesthetically less impact of the classical chemical toilets and cleanliness of the rooms will be guaranteed by AMSA. "
Feb. 25, 2016 - Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrids for Namur, Belgium
Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrids for Namur Belgium
Belgian transport company TEC based in Namur, southern Belgium, placed an order for 11 Volvo electric hybrid buses and 2 electric bus chargers supplied by ABB. It's the largest order to date for the company’s electric bus system. Volvo takes full responsibility for vehicle servicing, battery maintenance as well as maintenance of the standard-based charging stations for a fixed monthly cost. Traffic start is planned towards the end of 2016. “Every year the TEC Group transport more than 250 million passengers. Our social responsibility lies in developing transport solutions that are sustainable. This is done especially by improving the energy performance of our vehicle fleet. The Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid meets our ambition. Thanks to its silent operation the quality of life for the citizens of Namur will be improved”, said Vincent Peremans, CEO TEC Group. As stated by Volvo, the 7900 Electric Hybrid operate quietly and free of emissions on renewable electricity for approximately seven kilometers and the total energy consumption is 60% lower compared with conventional buses. The batteries are fast-charged in just a few minutes at the end stops and also by the energy generated whenever the vehicle brakes. The buses also have a small diesel engine, which increases reach and flexibility.
February 25, 2016 - Scania and Ericsson join forces in research
Scania and Ericsson join forces in research
Scania and Ericsson announced joint research efforts to accelerate the connectivity of commercial vehicles and infrastructure. They are convinced that advances in communications technologies and future deployments of 5G networks will enable improvements in the transport of people and cargo. Research by Ericsson and Scania has now shown that sufficiently reliable communications can be established using 4G, and future 5G, networks. “In view of the enormous benefits, we’re convinced that vehicle-to-vehicle communications will be implemented by transport operators of all types,” says Claes Herlitz, Head of Automotive at Ericsson. “Addressing the challenges posed by growing passenger and freight volumes, enhanced communications can contribute to greater logistics efficiency and thereby reduced environmental impact.”
February 24, 2016 - Integralia in vip plus model awarded in Spain
Integralia in vip plus model awarded in Spain
Integralia won the 2016 Minibus of the Year in Spain for its in-vip plus model. This vehicle has been awarded by a jury of 25 professionals for its quality standards and distinction from the other market offer. Launched at the 2015 Kortijk Busworld, the Integralia in-vip plus minibus is built on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and it offers space for ten passengers. It is featured with Integralia Top Class thermal and acoustic insulation, exclusive leather-upholstered and individual seats, designed exclusively for this model together with the other furnishings. Integralia announced an increasing turnover in Spain (+25%) and France (+265%). With regard the German market, were Integralia is present since last year, it represented 9% their turnover in 2015.
February 23, 2016 - Irizar i2e as a night bus in Barcelona
Irizar i2e as a night bus in Barcelona
An Irizar i2e electric bus will be employed for the Nitbus, the night regular bus service in Barcelona and 12 other metropolitan municipalities. The vehicle was acquired by the Spanish group Baixbus. Its acquisition is part of the commitment to clean mobility that AMB (Metropolitan Area of Barcelona) is developing with “Horizon 2020”, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020). So far, AMB tested different models of electric bus, but the Irizar i2e is the first vehicle purchased by the Baixbus group and definitively incorporated into the fleet.
February 22, 2016 - Brussels Airport invests in a green fleet
Brussels Airport invests in a green fleet
Brussels Airport Company has issued an invitation to tender for the purchase of 30 electric buses. In addition, they will replace 40 service vehicles over the next two years with natural gas buses. Brussels Airport Company is investing in these new technologies in order to reduce the particles, the CO2 and odour nuisance at the airport significantly. The electric buses will enter into service at Brussels Airporty by the beginning of 2018 with a foreseen annual reduction of 600 tonnes of CO2. The buses will also be used for events or guided visits, and will also take staff and passengers from the terminal to the car parks at Brucargo or vice-versa. For the last-mentioned route, there will be a driverless electric shuttle. The electric bus will be used until the shuttle goes into service. The first 40 natural gas vehicles should be driving around Brussels Airport within two years, and in the following years the service vehicles will be replaced according to need.
February 19, 2016 - TomTom Telematics awarded again
TomTom Telematics, the division of TomTom dedicated to fleet management, telematics for vehicles and services for connecting vehicles, was awarded 'European Company of the Year 2016 for the Telematics and Fleet' by the US consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. TomTom Telematics has been awarded for innovation, their established best practices in the sector and the capacity to meet the continuously changing needs of customers. The open platform for telematics services, WEBFLEET allows you to create ad hoc applications available for TomTom customers via the portalt .connect. Moreover, the OptiDrive 360 ​​meets the needs of eco-sustainability of clients, helping them to reduce downtime of the engine, to handle speeding and vehicle maintenance. The technology provides a comprehensive approach to assist drivers in adopting a responsible driving style. Over the past 12 months TomTom Telematics won awards such as fastest growing increased fleet management supplier by Berg Insight and 'Best Commercial Vehicle Systems Integrator 2015' by TU-Automotive.

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