Iveco Bus secures massive order for Crossway buses from Germany’s largest bus operator
GERMANY DB FuhrparkService GmbH, has signed a framework agreement with Iveco Bus for the supply of suburban buses. Under this agreement, DB Regio has ordered 400 Crossway and Crossway LE (Low Entry) buses, which will be delivered in 2015 and 2016. In addition to this agreement is the option for 310 additional vehicles to be delivered in 2017 and 2018.
Determining factors in favour of this most recent order included the advantageous total cost of ownership (TCO) and reliability of the Crossway vehicles which are already a part of the current DB fleet.
Sylvain Blaise, Head of Global Bus at CNH Industrial, said: “We are very proud to have the renewed confidence of Deutsche Bahn, which is further demonstrated by this significant order for our best-seller Crossway bus.”
DB Regio Bus is responsible for operating Deutsche Bahn’s regional bus routes and suburban transport operations. It has a network of 22 bus companies and a stake in more than 70 private and municipal public-transport entities in Germany.
Dr. Rüdiger Grube, Chairman and CEO of Deutsche Bahn, said: “We carry about two million passengers a day in our buses. These customers are going to benefit directly from our investment. We are offering them vehicles that are modern, environmentally friendly and safe.”
The new model boasts improved visibility, lower internal noise levels, storage space and a more comfortable EBSF/VDV environment. The Euro 6-compliant Crossway LE series features new, wider doors. Its EBSF/VDV driver’s workplace meets international standards, providing increased comfort, accessibility and safety. It guarantees that, regardless of which vehicle type, drivers will always find the controls and switches in the same place and experience the same ergonomic qualities.
The entire Crossway range benefits from fuel efficient engines with HI-SCR. This after treatment system functions without the use of EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) and carries a significant advantage in weight reduction and compactness for easy maintenance.
The very first Crossway Euro VI for Deutsche Bahn, with a new driver’s workspace developed according to VDV standards, had its world premiere on the Iveco stand at the IAA show in Hanover.