The brand of CNH Industrial has won this significant buses order, which was signed by the Mayor of Baku, Cenab Hacibala Abutalibov, and Pierre Lahutte, Head of Iveco Bus, in the presence of François Hollande and Ilham Aliyev, Presidents of France and Azerbaijan respectively, during the French leader’s official visit to the country. This contract totals some €50 million and the vehicles will be manufactured at the company’s factory in Annonay, France.
The Crealis was developed to enable full passenger access, and the integral, low flat floor facilitates easier entry and exit for all passengers and offers improved accessibility for users with reduced mobility. To date, over 300 standard and articulated vehicles of the model have been delivered to several French networks. Subsequently, these networks have significantly increased passenger numbers, testament to the success of Iveco Bus’s high-level service bus concept.
The natural gas technology developed for the Iveco Cursor 8 engine was chosen for its environmental qualities. A particulate filter is not required thanks to the exceptionally efficient stoichiometric combustion process. It fully complies with the Euro VI emissions regulations, which are principally focused on reducing particulate matter. The sound emissions have been halved and it benefits from lower vibrations at all engine speeds.
The Iveco CNG Cursor 8 engine is produced in Bourbon-Lancy, France, with over 24,000 units produced since 2003 for industrial applications and road transport, including those used in the Beijing bus network.
Pierre Lahutte said: “This remarkable major export success, in the run-up to the Baku Pan-European Games, demonstrates that once again, we have been able to accommodate the expectations of cities by offering them attractive, environmentally-friendly vehicles, something which is high on the list of priorities for a large number of local authorities. As European producer of CNG buses, and with almost 5,000 buses in service across Europe, we are delighted with this success, which guarantees an ever-greener urban transport service”.
Source: CNH Industrial.