VOLKSWAGEN RETURNS TO Bogotá’S TRANSMILENIO WITH THE FIRST VOLKSBUS EURO VI

Colombiabus newsroom – William Marroquín / Porsche Colombia

THE SYSTEM NOW HAS 239 BUSES

Gran Américas Usme, concessionaire of the zonal component of the Transmilenio system, strengthens its fleet and becomes the first operator of mass transportation systems in Colombia to include Volkswagen Euro VI buses in its fleet. There are 28 new Volksbus 11,180 buses with the capacity to transport up to 50 passengers, with high-efficiency, low-consumption and emission diesel engines that meet the Euro VI emissions standard.

With the incorporation of these 28 new buses, Gran Américas Usme completes a fleet of 239 latest model vehicles, adding to the 211 standards it received in January 2021. The buses that are added will be key to serving routes in areas of slopes and narrow streets.

The big news is naturally the return of Volkswagen, which since 2006 has not been present in the Transmilenio system. At that time the Volksbus 17,190 and 17,230 bodied in Pereira with the legendary Busscar Urbanuss Pluss, were serving routes in the feeder service both in the North Portal and in Portal Suba, even in service until March 2021.

Another noteworthy fact is the MAN 4.8-liter displacement 4-cylinder diesel engine that complies with the Euro VI standard, delivers 180HP at 2,400 revolutions and 600Nm of torque between 1,100 and 1,850 revolutions. The transmission is a 6-speed manual provided by Eaton, ZF clutch and DANA axles, while the air brakes provided by Knorr-Bremse feature ABS + EBD.

The buses were bodied in Pereira by Busscar de Colombia, with its Optimuss model for midibus, which reinforces its alliance with Gran Américas Usme, whose 211 standards powered by natural gas also use the famous Urbanuss Pluss model. They can transport 22 seated and 28 standing passengers, with handrails and bells within reach of all occupants, an elevator for people with reduced mobility, space for wheelchairs and a preferred chair for those who need live help.

To provide comfort and help a positive travel experience through the local routes, Busscar counted on MET Group specialists who equipped the bus with technology and connectivity systems: USB ports for recharging electronic devices, Wi-Fi internet, router LED indicator to inform points of the route and cameras arranged throughout the interior.

Also, to give passengers peace of mind, the buses have recording of both the driver’s maneuvers and what happens in the passenger area and as a safety addition, the fatigue detector that alerts fleet managers about the condition who operates the vehicle.

With the entry of this fleet in the town of Usme, a total of 1,633 new buses have been linked through TransMilenio concessionaires as part of the renovation of the zonal component of the System, including the first 483 of 1,485 electric buses hired by Transmilenio. These first 28 Volkswagen Euro VI Volkbus 11,180 buses should be joined by another 139 with the same mechanical specification to continue supporting the renewal of both the zone and trunk buses of the system.

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