Solaris to deliver 200 buses to Belgrade

8 March 2013  •  Source: Solaris Bus & Coach

Today, representatives of Solaris Bus & Coach signed the contract for the delivery of 200 Urbino 18 articulated low-floor city buses to the municipal transport operator of Belgrade (GSP Belgrade / ГСП Београд).

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 €64 million contract covers the delivery of 200 articulated city 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 the delivery of all 200 buses will be 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 from across Europe. Solaris’s offer was the best. Although our brand is not yet well known in the Serbian market, we can ensure both the operator GSP and passengers in Belgrade that they will benefit from a product that meets highest European standards. This guarantees comfort and safety on the road,” said Małgorzata Olszewska, Member of the Solaris Management Board for Sales and Marketing.

The first Solaris buses in Serbia were supplied to the city of Novi Sad in 2011. This fleet of six Solaris Urbino 12 CNG city buses is fuelled by eco-friendly compressed natural gas.

The 200 articulated Urbino 18 for Belgrade will offer a low floor throughout the entire bus and will be fully air-conditioned. Their diesel engines will meet the Euro 5 emissions standard. For the safety of passengers, each bus will have a CCTV monitoring system with seven cameras.

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