Solaris to deliver 200 buses to Belgrade

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SERBIA Solaris Bus & Coach is to supply 200 Urbino 18 articulated lowfloor city buses to the municipal transport operator of Belgrade (GSP Belgrade).

The order is the result of a competitive tender process won by Solaris, which called for the delivery of 180 buses with an option to increase the number by up to 15%. The operator exercised this possibility and the €64m contract covers the delivery of 200 buses as well as the supply of spare parts during the two-year warranty period.

Production will take place this year. According to the agreement, the first buses will arrive in Belgrade by early July and delivery of all vehicles completed by the end of October 2013.

“We are delighted to have won this tender, especially as its large volume attracted offers from major competitors. Although we are not yet well known in Serbia, we can assure the operator and passengers they will benefit from a product which meets highest European standards,” said Ma?gorzata Olszewska, Solaris Sales and Marketing Director.

The first Solaris buses in Serbia were supplied to the city of Novi Sad in 2011. This fleet of six Solaris Urbino 12s is fuelled by CNG.

The 200 articulated Urbino 18s for Belgrade offer a low floor throughout the bus and are fully air-conditioned. The diesel engines meet the Euro 5 and each bus has a CCTV monitoring system with seven cameras.