* USA - Navistar to expand partnership with China truck makers JAC to build school buses
(Photo: Plugin schoolbus)
Warrensville,Ill,USA -Busworld (Belgium) -28 April 2012: -- Navistar, Inc. plans to expand its collaboration with Chinese truck maker Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd. (JAC). Navistar and JAC signed non-binding letters of intent to partner on new commercial vehicle opportunities like the design, development, manufacturing and distribution of school buses for the Chinese market...
* USA - Daimler to close Orion and buy into MCI
(Photo: A Orion Hybrid bus in New York)
Portland,OR,USA -Busworld (Belgium) -5 May 2012 : -- As part of its Globe 2013 initiative, Daimler Buses is reconfiguring its bus operation in North America. The company has announced its intent to establish a strategic partnership to combine Motor Coach Industries’ (MCI) product, service and sales operation with Setra’s coach distribution rights and network in the region. The deal will involve Daimler taking a minority stake in MCI. The transaction is expected to be finalised by May 31, 2012...
* Germany - Daimler considering possible chinese investors
(Photo: Citaro Hybrid 2009 )
Stuttgart,Germany - Busworld (Belgium) - 27 March 2012: -- Daimler AG is currently looking for new Chinese shareholders, with five to ten percent of its stock on sale, the Beijing Times reported recently. According to the report, Daimler CEO, Dieter Zetsche, has met with the China Investment Corporation to discuss the issue. The German company has already signed an agreement with an independent investment bank to help carry out the trade...
* Germany - SETRA present the new Comfortclass 500
(Photo: Setra Comfortclass 500)
Neu-Ulm, Germany -Busworld (Belgium) - 23.05.2012: -- The new Setra ComfortClass 500 generation of touring coaches sends a very clear message at first glance, according to Setra. The message is that this is a bus with a dynamic, self-confident look, one that earns top marks for comfort and safety, and redefines the tour bus premium segment. The two-axle model S 515 HD, the two- and three-axle S 516 HD and the three-axle S 517 HD will all be launched in the autumn of 2012...
* Poland - Solaris Urbino for Rhineland operators
(Photo: A Urbino Rheinland 2012)
Bolechowo, Poland -Busworld (Belgium) -17 May 2012: -- During 2012, Solaris will supply 44 state-of-the-art Urbino low-floor city buses to five bus operators from the Rhineland region in Germany. The local authority-owned companies jointly tender for new buses as part of “Kooperationsgemeinschaft Mittlerer Niederrhein” (KMN) group and chose Solaris for the third consecutive time. In order to generate synergies, the municipal transport companies of the German cities of Mönchengladbach, Krefeld, Neuss and Viersen as well as neighbouring Heinsberg District procure new buses together, with joint tenders issued every year...
* Poland - Eco-friendly Solaris buses ordered by Lithuania and Finland
(Photo: Solaris Urbino CNG)
Bolechowo, Poland -Busworld (Belgium) -6 April 2012: -- Two Lithuanian cities have chosen a total of 30 climate-friendly Solaris buses to renew their fleets over the coming months. Different technologies will be used, with the new buses fuelled by biogas or built as diesel-electric hybrids. The orders were placed by operators in Kaunas and Panevėžys... Solaris has also received its first order from Finland. Two
eco-friendly Urbino hybrid buses will join the fleet of Tampere’s
Tampereen Kaupunkiliikenne (TKL) by the end of the year...
* The Netherlands - E-bus by EMOSS
(Photo: eMOSS e-Bus 2012)
Oosterhout,The Netherlands -Busworld (Belgium) - 21 May 2012: -- Within public transport, the benefits of emission, noise and vibration-free electric busses did not go unnoticed. Available as 8 and 12 meter chassis, Dutch manufacturer EMOSS of Oosterhout offers with e-Bus the next generation vehicles for public transport. Free of emission standards, escalating diesel and maintenance cost the e-Bus line offers you the freedom of inner city operation and beyond...
* Canada - New Flyer and ADL partner to develop Midi Bus
(Photo: Alexander Dennis Enviro 2012)
Winnipeg,Ontario,CAN -Busworld (Belgium) -15 May 2012: -- The North American heavy-duty bus manufacturer New Flyer Industries Inc., having a plant in Winnipeg, Ontario (CVanada) is teaming up with the UK bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis to develop a medium duty transit vehicle for the North American market... New Flyer said the buses will be driven by either clean diesel, electric hybrid or compressed natural gas...
* Israel - MAN articulated bus chassis for Israel´s Bus Rapid Transit Systems
(Photo: MAN BRT Israel 2012)
Haifa,Israel -Busworld (Belgium) -12 April 2012: -- One of Israel's largest bus operators, DAN Society for Public Transport, recently presented the first of 172 futuristically designed buses in Haifa that will form the backbone of the state-of-the-art Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems in the major cities of Haifa and Tel Aviv. MAN Truck and Bus is supplying three-axle low-floor articulated buses for this system, powered by 360-hp common-rail diesel engines that comply with the currently strictest EEV (enhanced environmentally-friendly vehicle) emission standard. The futuristic bodies of the buses, which are equipped with powerful air-conditioning systems suitable for hot climates, are manufactured locally in Israel by the Ha’argaz company...
* UK - Scania launches gas buses on British market
(Photo: Scania Omnilink gas engine)
Milton Keynes,UK -Busworld (Belgium) -11 April 2012: -- Following significant success in a number of Swedish cities and other locations around the world, Scania (Great Britain) Limited in conjunction with bodybuilder Alexander Dennis Limited is to launch a low entry gas bus into the UK. The new vehicle will be based on Scania's KUB chassis and feature Scania's 270 horsepower EEV 9.3-litre five-cylinder energy efficient lean burn gas engine, which offers high efficiency and low fuel consumption with no need for exhaust gas recirculation (EGR)...
* India - Scania to start Indian bus production in 2014
(Photo: Scania India 2013)
Narasapura,Bangalore,India -Busworld (Belgium) -31 March 2012: -- Scania will start to produce trucks and buses in India by 2013. Scania Commercial Vehicles India Private Ltd., the Indian entity, will set up a plant in the Narasapura Industrial Area near Bangalore which will serve as an assembly unit for truck and bus chassis during phase 1 of operations. Body building for city buses and coaches is likely to begin in the first half of 2014...
* Sweden - MCV bodied Volvo B7RLE for British operator
(Photo: Volvo MCV 2012)
Torslanda,Göteborg, Sweden -Busworld (Belgium) -6 April 2012: -- Pulhams Coaches has taken delivery of the first three Volvo B7RLE buses with MCV bodywork, following the announcement of the new partnership between Volvo and MCV last year. Each of Pulhams Coaches new buses features 44 passenger seats, stylish moquette seating, CCTV and an onboard reversing camera...
* Italy - IVECO plans to build full.sizw buses in Brazil
(Photo: Iveco CityClass Escolar Brazil)
Turin,Italy -Busworld (Belgium) -3 May 2012: -- According to reports in the Brazilian media, Iveco is planning to increase its bus production in South America. Till now it produces the Daily City Class and chassis for citybuses in its Brazilian plant, the Daily City Class being bodied by Brazilian bodybuilder NeoBus. But Iveco Irisbus obviously has bigger plans, according to Marco Mazzu, Iveco Director for Latin America, during the recent presentation of the new Daily City Class Escolar....
* France - IVECO Irisbus: Record order for hybrid buses
(Photo: Irisbus Citilis Vienna 2012)
Annonay, France -Busworld (Belgium) -27 April 2012: -- Iveco has announced a record order for its hybrid Diesel-electric buses: with 102 vehicles, 41 standard and 61 articulated, the French city of Dijon has signed Europe’s largest single order for hybrid buses. Produced in the Iveco Irisbus factory in Annonay, France, the hybrid Diesel-electric buses are available as complete vehicles (the Citelis 12 and 18 metre models) or as a chassis and bodywork produced in Rorthais under the name of Access'Bus GX 327 and GX 427...
* UK - First Chinese Double-deckers in service in London
(Photo: Anhui Ankai London 2012)
London,EN,UK -Busworld (Belgium) -9 May 2012: -- Big Bus Tours has put 20 sightseeing buses from Chinese manufacturer Anhui Ankai Automobile Limited Company into operation in London. They are the first Chinese double deckers to enter service in the UK. The vehicles have been successfully put through the Individual Vehicle Authorisation (IVA) process and have now gained approval by VOSA officials...
* UK - Arriva wins 750M Euros Dutch contract
(Photo: Arriva Denmark)
Sunderland,UK -Busworld (Belgium) -23 April 2012: -- Arriva Nederland has won a €750m/£611.3m contract to operate bus services in South Holland province of the Netherland’s. The eight year concession, which has a two-year extension option, begins in December 2012. Arriva already has a presence in this part of the country, where it operates bus, rail and waterbus services within the Drechtsteden, Alblasserwaard, Vijfheerenlanden and the Hoeksche Waard regions...
* Turkey - BMC adds Procity 340 K articulated bus to program
(Photo: BMC Procity articulated)
Istanbul,Turkey -Busworld (Belgium) -29 April 2012: -- BMC’s Procity340 super Low floor articulated bus was on display during this year’s Busworld exhibiton in Istanbul, Turkey. The Procity 340 K with its 157 passenger capacity (43 seating, 114 standing) offers an ultimate high capacity transport solution to operators. The BMC 340K is fitted with 340 PS Cummins engine, and incorporates new generation automatic gearbox, portal axles, manual foldable ramp for disabled passengers, air conditioning, automatic greasing system and automatic kneeling system. Procity articulated buses are in operation in Izmir and Milan...
* Turkey - Temsa Safir VIP prepared specially for KAMIL KOÇ
(Photo: Temsa VIP)
Adana, Turkey -Busworld (Belgium) -25 May 2012: -- During the Busworld Turkey 2012 Bus Fair held at İstanbul Fair Center. Temsa handed over 10 Safir VIP vehicles to Kamil Koç. The Temsa Safir VIP has a 2+1 seating with 37 seats and an automatic transmission...
* Uruguay - Patriarca bus body plant for Brazil
(Photo: A Patriarca Corsario)
Montevideo,Uruguay -Busworld (Belgium) -2 May 2012 : -- The Uruguayan bus body builder Patriarca announced that it will construct a plant in Bagé, Rio Grande do Sul state, in southern Brazil. The initial investment will be around $6 million and the site is expected to cover about 160,000 sq. ft. and employ more than 120 people... Patriarca, founded in 2002, is a family-owned
company that manufactures components, final bus bodies, microbuses,
school buses, coaches and other vehicles. The company intends to start
working on the site in the second half of this year, with completion
expected within 24 months... Production is expected to be approximately 540 buses a year, according to Sebastian Quinteros, a Patriarca executive...
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