Optare, on the list of UK’s leading bus manufacturers, has secured its biggest ever Australasian export order using a NZ$40m (21m) deal to give 114 buses to Tranzit Group, considered one of New Zealand’s largest trains and buses operators.

The agreement will discover Optare, subsidiary of India-based Ashok Leyland, provide 114 innovative and environmentally efficient Metrocity buses to the Nz capital, Wellington, additionally, the surrounding region, with all the firstly the Metrocity buses as a consequence of be delivered in March 2018 along with the entire order set to generally be fulfilled by July 2018.

The buses feature Euro 6 compliant engines, very best in class unladen weight, innovative monocoque design and better seating capacity, altogether delivering significant annual savings in fuel consumption and operating costs.

Graham Belgum, President of Optare, said: “This is really a significant step for Optare within our international export strategy and signals the exciting growth opportunities accessible to us in Australasia.? Further, it recognises our continued innovation in lightweight items which use fuel efficient and green technologies.”

Paul Snelgrove, Managing Director of Tranzit Group, said: “A team of folks travelled the world to choose the ideal lightweight solution (12-tonne GVM) for brand spanking new Zealand roads.? There we were impressed with all the lightweight type of the Metrocity combined with the excellent passenger capacities it offers. The design’s history of excellent performance with regards to fuel efficiency particularly drawn us.

“In addition, the Metrocity provided us both a tiny and medium sized vehicle option 10.1m and 10.8m respectively, with identical body and running gear. The ten.1m Metrocity, which has a shorter wheelbase is fantastic for travelling through a handful of Wellington’s narrow streets and hilly terrain.”

“Overall, there we were impressed with Optare’s approach and willingness to your workplace in partnership, it was actually a no-brainer decision for people.”



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