CHINA Following a public bidding process, Lhasa Public Transport Group based in the Tibet Autonomous Region has ordered 648 buses from Yutong for operation in what the manufacturer describes as the ‘plateau area.’ With a total value of RMB240m, the deal is the biggest bus purchase ever made by Tibet.
In 2010, 59 Yutong coaches were delivered to Tibet. Then in 2011 the Lhasa Municipal Government made an investment of RMB13.73m in 53 Yutong school buses. The first batch of new type of buses specially designed for the plateau area arrived in September 2015. Currently over 60% of buses in Tibet are branded Yutong and in main-steam passenger transport, the manufacturer has a market share of 84.9%. From urban public transportation to travel service and school buses, Yutong says it has already established a formidable presence, indicating that the brand has won wide recognition among customers in Tibet not only for its high quality products, but also its commitment to creating extra value for all customers.
Yutong’s research and development team took just a month to rollout its specially designed vehicle for the plateau area. In addition, the bus maker has been actively involved in conducting practical tests under various road conditions to familiarise itself with its customers’ immediate concerns. USB recharging facilities and on-board WiFi are saloon specification enhancements that can be installed.
Yutong has set up four service stations across Lhasa and another six can also be found outside the provincial capital. As a result the manufacturer says it’s prepared to provide better services to all passengers in Tibet.