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Spotlights are on urban planning and mobility solutions.


A little increase in the first eight months of the year.


The increment exceeds 35%.


Brake Assist System by Daimler.


New start with school buses.


Buses from another world.


It is focused on eco-sustainability.

March 23, 2018 - 250 Scania/Marcopolo buses for Lagos
The Nigerian operator Transport Services Ltd (TSL) ordered 250 buses on Scania chassis with Marcopolo body. The buses will be delivered by Marcopolo during the first half of 2018. The vehicles will be built on Scania’s 2-axle low-entry chassis featuring a 9-litre 250 hp engine (K250UB4X2) and will be fitted out with Marcopolo’s Viale bus body model. In addition, Marcopolo will deliver 50 buses of its smaller Volare model, built on a Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus chassis (Volksbus 10.150OD). “The choice of Scania and Marcopolo as suppliers is in line with our strategy of becoming a leading player within public transport in Nigeria. The companies supply robust and passenger-friendly buses with favourable operating costs,” says TSL’s CEO Deji Wright. Scania’s efforts to boost its presence in the West Africa region began with the establishment in Ghana, where the company has delivered a total of about 400 buses and coaches since 2014. Aside from taking responsibility for servicing and maintenance of the buses and coaches, Scania has contributed to the design of bus service systems and training of drivers.
March 23, 2018 - iF Design Award 2018 to MAN Lion's Coach
For the third consecutive time, a MAN bus has won the iF Design Award. After the victories of MAN Intercity (2016) and NEOPLAN Tourliner (2017), the jury of the iF International Forum Design awarded the new MAN Lion's Coach for the "Automobiles / Vehicles / Bikes" category. It's a model that distinguishes itself, in addition to its timeless forms, for the new optical group with the daytime running lights that also act as directional indicators, for a clear separation of functional areas, the new Color & Trim system, the continuous light band LED lights the roof area. Without forgetting the improvement of aerodynamics by 20% compared to the previous model. The iF Design Award was born in 1953. The winners are chosen on the basis of fixed criteria, including aesthetics and form, level of innovation, ergonomics, functionality and aspects related to the environment. "The award is a globally recognized quality label that is delivered every year to just a few products," commented Stephan Schönherr, Vice President Design Bus of MAN Truck & Bus. «Having won it for the third time in a row is a demonstration of how innovative and valuable our buses are».
March 15, 2018 - Otokar: 100 buses for Amman, Jordan
Shortly after the contract in Bucharest for 400 buses, Otokar was awarded a contract in Jordan. The Greater Amman Municipality ordered 100 buses including 40 Otokar Kent and 60 Vectio buses. Both the models have a low floor and are fitted with air conditioning system and safety devices such as ABS, ASR. The Vectio model will be also fitted with a ramp for wheelchair at the exit. "Having exported nearly 5,000 buses", stated the Turkish manufacturer, "Otokar has increased its total vehicle park to 2,500 levels in key target export markets, namely France, Italy and Spain."
March 15, 2018 - Flixbus tests long distance electric buses
From Paris to Amiens (about 140 km by road) on board electric coaches. The European operator Flixbus launches into alternative mobility and tests, first in Europe, the long distance bus service with electric traction vehicles. From next April, a pair of Flix-E-Bus will be operating on the Paris-Amiens line. And from the summer 2018, FlixBus plans to extend the test to Germany, adding an additional Flix-E-Bus between the Hessian and Baden-Württemberg regions. The vehicles are made in China: the two for France are Yutong ICes 12 with 53 seats while the one for Germany is a BYD C9 with 40 seats. "Our goal is to help build the mobility of the future," said André Schwämmlein, founder and CEO of FlixBus, "and we are convinced that the E-Bus represents a valid long-term investment, both for our company and for customers and environment."
March 14, 2018 - BusStore Show 2018
On March 10th closed BusStore 2018, the international exhibition of used buses by the BusStore brand. For the first time in Warsaw, BusStore Show 2018 offered around fifty Mercedes-Benz and Setra used vehicles plus other of different brands. Visitors came from more than 20 countries. The event was also an opportunity to celebrate the 5th anniversary of BusStore, a brand that represents all the activities of Mercedes-Benz and Setra for used buses & coaches. In the anniversary year, five new stores are opened: in Zagreb (Croatia), Bratislava (Slovakia), Budapest (Hungary), Cesis (Latvia) and Albi (France) where BusStore further expands its presence on the French market. BusStore is present in 19 locations in Europe and is already planning further developments with a second wave of openings. Today the BusStore brand sells about 2,000 buses a year, with an offer extended to all brands and to all European locations thanks to the website.
March 13, 2018 - New Volvo double-decker coach for Mexico
The Swedish manufacturer expands its coach range for Mexico and presented the new 9800 DD integral coach at the ExpoForo exhibition (Santa Fe, March 7-9). The double-decker version offers 40 per cent increased passenger capacity compared to the single-decker 9800 (up to 63 passengers). The Volvo 9800 DD is 15m in length, 4.2m high and 2.60m wide. It offers an interior height of 1.80 meters on both decks as well as full capacity luggage racks. It is the only coach on the market offering a wheelchair ramp. The D13 driveline has an output of 500 hp, the most powerful on the Mexican market. The coach is fitted with Volvo’s advanced security systems, such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Support and Collision Warning with Emergency Brake. The staircase to the second floor faces forward to reduce risks in case of emergency braking. At the Expo Foro exhibition, Volvo also presented a 15m version of the Volvo 9800 single decker. The Volvo 9800 was launched in 2016 and to date Volvo has sold 1,055 units.
March 13, 2018 - MAN Lion’s City new generation
The series production of the new MAN Lion's City will start next August at the MAN plant in Starachowice, Poland. The vehicle is characterized by advanced standards in terms of profitability, driving comfort, technology and design. Among the main features, the all-new driveline with the MAN EfficientHybrid, the independent wheel suspension on the front axle, the LED light functions and the new modular interior. Of particular importance, the adoption of the new 9-liter D1556 LOH engine which already complies with the Euro 6d emission standard that will come into force from 1 September 2019. Optionally, the new D15 engine can be supplemented with the MAN EfficientHybrid module, a system ‘Hybrid Mild’ with an generator and Ultracap that significantly reduces fuel consumption and emissions by up to 16% thanks to the standard start-stop function.
March 7, 2018 - Volvo Buses: electrics & hybrids for Poland
The Swedish manufacturer has received an order for eight fully electric buses and eight electric hybrids from Inowrocław, Poland. The vehicles will be manufactured at the Volvo factory in Wroclaw, Poland. All vehicles are scheduled for delivery in 2018. Volvo will take care of all vehicle and battery maintenance. The buses will have two charging options: fast-charging at the end stops via pantograph and charging via CCS cable in the depot. The charging stations will be based on the common interface OppCharge. “We are very happy to supply the city of Inowrocław with more of our electrified buses and contribute to their transition to an all electrified bus fleet. We can now see that more and more of the world’s cities are choosing electrified city bus traffic in order to deal with poor air quality and noise,” said Håkan Agnevall, President Volvo Buses. Volvo has previously supplied its hybrid buses to Polish cities and Volvo 7900 Hybrids operate in Wrocław, Sosnowiec, Inowrocław, Tarnowskie Góry and Warsaw. To date, the company has sold over 3,900 electrified buses in the world.
March 6, 2018 - Here is the full-electric Mercedes-Benz Citaro
Mercedes-Benz bares the cards of the full-electric Citaro. The official debut will be celebrated at the IAA in Hannover next September. The basis of its drive system is provided by an electric portal axle with electric motors at the wheel hubs. The peak output of the motors is 2 x 125 kW, while torque is 2 x 485 Nm. Lithium-ion batteries with a total capacity of up to about 243 kWh are responsible for providing the power. These are split between up to a maximum of ten modules. As well as two battery modules on the roof, the standard equipment includes four modules in the rear of the bus. Depending upon customer requirements, a further two or four battery modules may be mounted on the roof. The charging technology used is similarly flexible. For the start of series production, charging via a Combo 2 connector is envisaged. If, in order to extend the range of the vehicle, there is a requirement for opportunity charging, there will in future also be an option to charge the Citaro via a pantograph.
March 6, 2018 - Kiepe Electric: new orders in Europe and the USA
The specialist in zero-emission drive announces orders for additional electric bus projects. In Italy, from 2019 onward, nine electric buses with IMC charging technology from Kiepe Electric will be operating on the new Rapid Coast Transport (TRC) line between Rimini and Riccione. A traction battery enables the buses to access and exit the electrified route along roads with no overhead lines. In Germany, the City of Esslingen is to expand its battery-powered trolleybus fleet to ten vehicles. The mass transit authority has been running four electric buses from Kiepe Electric on scheduled line service since 2016. The focus here is on the enhancement of the company’s ground-breaking In Motion Charging technology. With the new IMC 500 system and an improved traction battery, the buses will now be able to draw up to 500 kW of power from the overhead lines, boosting their performance above all on uphill stretches. In the U.S. market, the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (GDRTA) based in Ohio has taken up an option for 26 dual-mode electric buses that are to replace its current trolleybuses.
March 1, 2018 - Irizar i.e. bus in Valencia, Spain
After the tests carried out last June and July in Valencia, Spain, the municipal transport company EMT bought its first electric vehicle: an Irizar i.e. bus. Unveiled in February, the vehicle was presented along with another 35 hybrid technology units. It's 12 m. long and fitted with three doors, security cameras, Eco Assist system. The capacity is up to 76 passengers and the range stated by the manufacturer is over 200 km. Electric and hybrid buses in Valencia are deployed in the city centre. "This is a serious commitment by EMT", said Joan Ribç, Mayor of Valencia, "aimed at the modernization in line with environmental sustainability guidelines and challenges we currently face: a cause for satisfation". 
Mar. 1, 2018 - Hydrogen: the biggest order in Europe. By Van Hool
The Belgian manufacturer has signed a contract with RVK Köln and WSW Wuppertal (Germany) to supply 40 fuel cell buses of the latest generation. The unique order consists of 30 vehicles for Cologne and 10 for Wuppertal. It's the largest order for hydrogen-powered vehicles ever been placed in Europe. The buses will be built in the Van Hool factory in Koningshooikt. The first units will be delivered in the spring of 2019. Alle the buses are hybrids (fuel cell and batteries) of the Van Hool A330 type with dual axles and a length of 12 m. They will be fitted with a 210-kW Siemens PEM electric traction motor and the latest FCvelocity-HD85 Fuel Cell module from Ballard Power Systems (Canada). On board 29 seated passengers plus 46 standing passengers (Cologne) and 49 (Wuppertal). In addition, there is space for two wheelchair users and a pram. «Thanks to the hybrid power source», points out Van Hool, «the buses, with a tank capacity of 38.2kg of hydrogen on board, will be able to carry out a full day's schedule of 350 km». Van Hool has been building hydrogen buses for the American market since 2005 and for the European market since 2007. By now, the company has produced 53 hydrogen buses for North America (21) and Europe (32). The eight hydrogen-powered tram-buses in production for Pau (France) should be added to this total. They are to be delivered in the second half of 2019.