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Live from the transport sector.


The number of registered buses doesn't increase.


Operators from all around Italy at the “City of the Bus 3.0”.


In partnership with Skoda the new trolleybuses.


A study confirms its great potential.


On display at Busworld Kortrijk.


All new buses on display at Busworld Kortrijk.


Road test for the 15-meter S 519 HD.

July 23, 2017 - London: another order for BYD ADL electric buses
The London operator Metroline has chosen the ADL BYD electric buses following a tender awarded by TFL (Transport for London) to operate electric buses on a central London route. The order includes 23 single decker buses with a length of 10.8 meters. BYD will supply charging equipment and, in association with SSE, work with Metroline on related infrastructure. The buses will be delivered in Summer 2018. Metroline has been operating five BYD pure electric double deckers, the world’s first, on Route 98 since May 2016. «The buses, built in China», stated BYD, «are pre-production pilot models which have proved that electric technology works on double as well as single deck buses».
July 20, 2017 - The Evobus spare parts centre is 10 years old
Evobus is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its spare parts logistics centre based in Neu Ulm, Germany. It's the world's largest central store for bus parts. Since 2007, the facility has supplied over 650 Omniplus service centres, warehouses, dealers and workshops with spareparts for the Setra and Mercedes-Benz brands – round-the-clock. In an area of around 40,000 square metres, the spare parts logistics centre stocks over 130,000 spareparts and accessories in certified Omniplus quality. Up to 700 items a day leave the location, which employs around 400 people. In 2014, the spare parts logistics centre was awarded by the "German Society for Sustainable Building" (DGNB) as Germany's first sustainable industrial facility. Over 650 are the authorised Omniplus service centres in Europe.
July 19, 2017 - The new MAN Lion's Coach at Busworld 2017
Here is the latest MAN Lion's Coach. The German manufacturer offers a preview before enjoying it at Kortijk Busworld next October. Revised from the ECE R66.02 regulation on rolling resistance (applied to all Class II and III buses registered since November 2017), the new Lion's Coach offers innovative solutions starting from a clear separation of the functional areas: driving position and passenger room, luggage compartment and engine unit. "This separation not only improves the look," states MAN Truck & Bus "but also easy maintenance and therefore cost-effectiveness, as damaged parts can be replaced shortly and at a lower cost" . The new MAN Lion's Coach offers more torque (4,000 Nm versus 3,200) and 80 kW of more power output for a total output of 500 kW. New are the headlamps, for the first time full LED, as well as the ear lights always on LED as standard. There are several improvements in the passenger compartment, such as the LED light strip that rises the roof area or USB sockets for all seats, as well as the driver's seat with the heated driver window, enhanced with incandescent almost invisible. The capacity is 53, 57, 59 or 63 passengers (without toilets). Luggage space varies between 11.7 and 14.3 cubic meters depending on the model. The vehicle will be available immediately in three lengths: 12.101 mm, 13.361 mm and 13.901 mm on two or three axles. By the end of 2017 a fourth variant will be added with the 13,091-mm model on two axles.
July 14, 2017 - Solaris Urbino Electric: orders from Italy
During the last weeks, the Polish manufacturer has received orders for 22 electric buses. All the vehicles are intended for the Italian market: 12 units for the ATB transport company based in Bergamo and 10 for ATM Milan. They are very similar in terms of technical parameters. The supplier to the electric driver is the Polish company Medcom. The Urbino electric buses for the Italian market will be built on the AVE 130 axles with two 125-kW integrated traction motors. The power will be stored in a high-energy battery with a total capacity of 240 kWh. In both cases, the manufacturer will mount the modern dashboard from its own design with touch controls. The vehicles have a capacity of 74 passengers, of which 23 seated, and all have air conditioning with automatic temperature control. The lighting is LED. Solaris will also provide an ATS monitoring system consisting of a 7-inch monitor on a central console, rear camera and above the doors.
July 12, 2017 - Castrosua city buses on MAN chassis in Malaga, Spain
Malaga, southern Spain. Here new buses for the routes operated by the public transport company EMT (Empresa Malagueña de Transportes). They are 15 vehicles with New City body by Castrosua. The 12-meter buses are built on MAN A22 chassis and have three doors. In the passenger compartment there are 23 seats and a room for 83 standing passengers. The on-board layout features two wheelchair seats, dual ramp (automatic and manual), kneeling, optical and acoustic alerts, LED lighting, USB sockets. Solar panels are mounted on the roof, as with the rest of the fleet. With this technology, it is possible to reduce fuel consumption by allowing energy to be supplied to batteries even when the vehicle is off.
July 11, 2017 - New NAVECO manufacturing plant in Nanjing, China
IVECO joint venture NAVECO has inaugurated a new manufacturing plant in Qiaolin, Nanjing, China, for the production of light commercial vehicles, transmissions and engines. The plant, which spreads over 843,000 square metres of which 250,000 covered, increases NAVECO’s production capacity up to 100,000 vehicles per year. It follows rules and processes of CNH Industrial’s World Class Manufacturing (WCM) standards and uses energy regeneration with solutions such as its solar photovoltaic system and rainwater and process water recycling system. This is among the most advanced commercial vehicles operations in China in terms of product technology and manufacturing facilities. During the inauguration ceremony, NAVECO also celebrated the first new China Daily unit coming off the line. NAVECO is the 50:50 joint venture between IVECO and SAIC for the manufacture and sale of light commercial vehicles, transmissions and engines. NAVECO competes in the evolving light bus and van segment, with a total market volume of 365,000 units in China in 2016. IVECO’s presence in China dates back to 1986, when Nanjing Automobile Corporation (NAC) acquired the license to produce the IVECO Daily.
July 10, 2017 - Sprinter electric: the production line in Düsseldorf
The Mercedes-Benz management has announced that the electric-drive Sprinter will roll off the production line in the plant of Düsseldorf. Here around 300 million euros are being invested in the production of the next-generation Sprinter. The relevant employees are undergoing training to prepare for work on the electric Sprinter and other technological developments. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been produced in Düsseldorf since 1995. It is available in over 130 countries and has now sold well over three million units. Mercedes-Benz Vans manufactures the Sprinter at a total of six plants around the globe.
July 8, 2017 - Sauna-on-wheels on a Scania bus
What is one of the main symbols of Finland? Sauna, of course. And why do not use it to celebrate the 100th birthday of Finland? No sooner said than done. The Finnish bus operator Savonlinja teamed up with Scania to set a new mobile sauna record using a specially outfitted bus with an onboard sauna. On June 7, 2017, the custom-made “sauna-on-wheels” started its journey to drive across country. Over four days, the bus steamed ahead, covering nearly 1,800 kilometres, from the South Coast all the to the Norwegian border up in Lapland, with a total of 102 perspiring passengers who enjoyed the 70–100 degree sauna on board. As the bus made stops in key Finnish cities along the way, sauna-lovers from all walks of life boarded the bus: performers, city representatives, business people, students, journalists… And also regular citizens who won their sauna slot via a Savonlinja competition. At the end of their journey, happy sauna bathers enjoyed a refreshing swim in the near-freezing waters of the Arctic Ocean.
July 7, 2017 - European U21 champions on Mercedes Tourismo
Star of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship is Germany. The German soccer team won its second Euro U21 title on June 30, beating Spain (the first victory in 2009 in Sweden). And in the name of the star the twelve teams had their transfers on board the twelve Mercedes-Benz Tourismo coaches made available by the Polish operator RAF TRANS. In addition to the blue livery with the flag of each team, the vehicles were marked by the following slogan on the sides "Stars of today, superstars of tomorrow". "Rarely, a Mercedes-Benz Tourismo has witnessed such exuberant celebrations as for returning to the Cracovia stadium hotel," Mercedes-Benz said.
July 7, 2017 - Two new Mercedes-Benz bus models for Africa
A compact Mercedes-Benz 917 city bus and a Mercedes-Benz 1730 for long-distance travel are the two new bus models launched by Daimler Buses in Kenya, Africa. This is the Daimler Buses' response to the ever-growing demand in East and Central Africa for comfortable and safe buses. Both bus models are built in Nairobi in cooperation with local sales partner DT Dobie Kenya. The Mercedes 917 city bus is ideal for use as urban, school or shuttle bus and can accommodate up to 37 people while the Mercedes 1730 has room for approximately 60 passengers. They are built on the proven OF 917 and OF 1730 bus chassis which come from the Daimler plants in Chennai (India) and São Bernardo do Campo (Brazil). The chassis will be assembled locally and equipped with a body by certified body manufacturers in Kenya in accordance with Daimler standards. Kenya is one of the most important sales markets for buses in Central and East Africa. This market is up to 2.500 new vehicles per year. Daimler has been active in Kenya since the 1950s. In February 2016 Daimler AG opened its regional center for East, Central and West Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. Since then the center has been responsible for the entire commercial vehicle portfolio in East, Central and West Africa, ranging from light to heavy-duty trucks and from minibuses to large tourist coaches. The sales and marketing activities cover trucks of the Mercedes-Benz and FUSO brands as well as Mercedes-Benz buses.
July 6, 2017 - The 7th Busworld Turkey will be held in Izmir
The 7th edition of Busworld Turkey will be held no more in Istanbul but in Izmir, the third most populous city in Turkey located in the western extremity of Anatolia. The organizers, HKF Trade Fairs and Busworld International, have announced the change of venue trying to satisfy the request of exhibitors to gain exposure within a larger market segment. The three-day event will occupy more than 26,500 square meters of exhibition space and hosting over 500 exhibitors coming from different countries. Busworld Turkey 2018 will take place at the Fuar İzmir Exhibiton Center (Hall A and B) in İzmir on April 19-21, 2018. More information at the official website
July 6, 2017 - Buckleys Tours likes Neoplan Tourliner
The 8th Neoplan Tourliner for the family-run company Buckleys Tours based in Doncaster, UK, and the 400th Neoplan coach sold in the UK since the beginning of the year. It's a Neoplan Tourliner Select Plus from MAN Bus & Coach. The vehicle is 12 meters long and fitted with 49 Executive seats with three point belts, Dvd, air conditioning, toilet, Durabright alloy wheels, MAN Efficient Cruise and MAN Efficient Roll. “We truly believe they are the best value coach on the road", said Managing director Richard Buckley. "They are first class for reliability, comfort and the same can be said for the back up and assistance we receive from the MAN team. This new vehicle means we are currently operating eight coaches, but this is a replacement for our oldest one, which we will be selling off at the end of the season".