Allison chosen by Turkey’s TCV for CNG buses

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TURKEY Turkish bus manufacturer TCV is to provide 24 CNG, full low-floor buses featuring Allison transmissions to OTOBÜS in Istanbul.

TCV, Turkey’s domesticallyowned bus manufacturer, has selected the Allison T310R transmission for its new KARAT full low-floor, CNG-fuelled, 12m model. The buses were delivered to Istanbul Buses Corporation and highlighted during a ceremony. Allison Transmission is already known in the Turkish public transport sector for midi bus applications, and this delivery signifies the firm’s entry into the full-size 12m bus market in Turkey.

The Turkish designed TCV KARAT has aroused significant interest from local authorities and private bus fleets due to its environmental credentials. A 206 kW compressed natural gas (CNG) engine from MAN is combined with an Allison T310R fully automatic transmission. An Allison integral retarder provides additional braking, significantly improving vehicle service brake life.

Timuçin Bayraktar, General Manager at TCV, said: “Allison transmissions help to reduce maintenance costs and fuel consumption while delivering a safe and comfortable drive”

Taner Gider, Country Manager for Allison Transmission in Turkey, said: “Allison transmissions has operated successfully in midi buses and coaches around the country for several years. Allison now enters the 12m city bus segment in Turkey. We are focused on providing the best combination of cost, quality, reliability, service and overall value to both municipalities and private operators.”