Marcopolo scores at 2022 World Cup

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Marcopolo has supplied a number of buses to support the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. MARCOPOLO

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Brazilian manufacturer Marcopolo has provided six coaches to Qatar that will be in use during the 2022 World Cup during November and December. The Paradiso G8 1200 and Audace 1050 coaches were produced in the manufacturer’s factories in Brazil and China and delivered to local operators.

“This business demonstrates the expertise and global performance of Marcopolo. In order to better serve customers and make the business more efficient, we opted for models with different characteristics and manufactured in two countries, in Brazil and China,” said Ângelo Oselame, Marcopolo’s commercial coordinator for the foreign market.

The two Paradiso G8 1200 buses were produced at the Ana Rech plant in Brazil, with different configurations to suit their respective operators. One of the models has six sleeper seats, a meeting room lounge with a TV and sofa, and a full kitchen, and will be available to the organisers for the duration of the sporting event.

The other coaches were produced at the Marcopolo China factory and delivered to a private operator which will transport fans invited by one of the main sponsors of the event between the airport, hotels and stadiums where the games will be held.

Marcopolo also supplied vehicles for previous World Cups held in South Africa in 2010 and in Brazil in 2014, when the manufacturer was the main supplier of vehicles.

Marcopolo’s annual sales volume in Qatar is between 20 and 30 vehicles. In 2022, with the resumption of in-person activities coupled with one of the biggest sporting events in the world in the country, the Brazilian company saw growth in the region, with 46 vehicles sold.