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Colombiabus Newsroom – Marcopolo Brasil


While the road bus segment registers a decrease in sales volume due to the new coronavirus pandemic, the charter sector continues to boom in 2021. Marcopolo, leader in the Brazilian bus body sector, with 52.7 % of market share, already shows an increase in the sales of vehicles destined for this segment. Until April, the company will deliver more than 200 units for the transport of personnel in urban areas and in the mining and agribusiness sectors, in several Brazilian states.

“The need for companies to adapt to the distancing determinations imposed due to the pandemic generated a demand for more available vehicles. This represented an important part of Marcopolo’s results in 2020, especially in the agribusiness and mining sectors. Both industries remained hot even during the pandemic and, with the requirements of social distancing, companies increased their fleets of transporting employees to maintain this distancing within buses,” explains Leandro Sodré, Marcopolo’s national sales manager.

Jaime Silva, president of the National Association of Tourism and Charter Transporters (ANTTUR), comments that the eventual charter, made for tourism events or activities, was strongly affected by last year’s pandemic. “On the other hand, the continuous charter, like the transport services of the civil servants, has been strengthened. In 2021, there has already been a recovery in these first two months and the expectation for the year is the resumption,” he evaluates.

Social distancing also benefited Volare’s sales. The daily production of Marcopolo’s micro bus brand grew by 66% between the first and third quarters of 2020, from 12 to 20 cars. In large part, the growth was driven by the warming of the agricultural market in the Southeast, Midwest and South regions. For 2021, the outlook is for growth with the reopening of tourism, as well as schools and universities.

In 2020, 2,251 units were produced for the domestic market compared to 2,305 in 2019, however, there was a recovery in the volumes sold during the period due to the search to replace vans, less adequate to the new regulations. It should be remembered that Volare is a leader in the microbus sector and operates in 35 countries in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.


Colombiabus Newsroom – Vivipra / William Marroquín


The race for leadership in electromobility in public transport in Latin America is far from defining a winner, although it can be mentioned that some countries in the region have taken the lead in different segments of passenger mobilization. Chile is currently the country with the largest fleet of urban electric buses operating in the capital Santiago, although it will soon lose that distinction at the hands of Bogotá, which expects to have more than 1,500 vehicles of this type.

However, in road mobilization, since 2019 the country became the pioneer in the incorporation of electric road buses, starting with a joint project between TurBus (one of the main passenger transport companies in the country), Vivipra (representative from the Chinese manufacturer King Long) and Copec Voltex (a division of Copec dedicated to electromobility). It has been followed by companies such as Tandem, Buses Hualpen, Viggo, among others, who use it on regular routes or to transport personnel.

A few days ago, a very important delivery took place commissioned by the Anglo-American mining company, which seeks to reduce the carbon footprint in all aspects and being the extraction of minerals, the main economic activity in Chile, it should be the leader in that energy transition. For this reason, the operator Transportes Hualpen launched 17 electric buses to mobilize the personnel that work in the mine, although the plans are quite ambitious, because it is expected to have 50 buses that will replace an equal number of diesel vehicles.

The 17 King Long XMQ6130EYWE5 buses with a length of 13 meters, with the capacity to carry 44 passengers that are transported to the Los Bronces mining complex, located on the edge of Valparaíso and the Metropolitan region of Santiago. They are equipped with a pack of 10 batteries that allow to accumulate 314KWh that grant an autonomy of up to 250Km without recharging. You can also save when riding between 5 and 10 km / h since it does not consume load, electric generators provide a maximum power of 350Kw (469HP).

They are equipped with all the comfort features of a road bus such as air conditioning, reclining seats with their seat belts, toilet, WiFi internet connection, electrical outlets and environmental entertainment screens for the well-being of the workers. On the other hand, the 17 vehicles have systems for mitigating Covid-19 transmitting agents, including the screening tower, gel dispensers, as well as separation of the driver and passengers.

También cuentan con el sistema avanzado de asistencia al conductor, que comprende el control de crucero adaptativo, las advertencias de cambio involuntario de carril y el sistema de frenado de emergencia automático. Adicionalmente se le incluyó el detector de fatiga y las cámaras 360 en el exterior y las que captan imágenes del salón de pasajeros. A través de los sensores instalados por todos los autobuses y la información que recoge el GPS se registran todos los parámetros de operación, permitiendo el monitoreo del vehículo a través del centro de control que está atento 24/7.

They also feature the advanced driver assistance system, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings and automatic emergency braking. Additionally, the fatigue detector and 360 cameras on the exterior and those that capture images of the passenger lounge were included. Through the sensors installed by all buses and the information collected by the GPS, all operating parameters are recorded, allowing the vehicle to be monitored through the control center that is attentive 24/7.

“This fleet will be a great contribution that will reduce emissions, reduce noise pollution and fuel consumption. In addition, it will provide greater comfort to our workers, since traveling in these buses is completely silent and without engine vibrations”, expressed Aaron Puna, Executive President of Anglo-American Chile.

This Chinese brand reaffirms itself as a leader in the segment of electric road buses in Latin America.


Colombiabus Newsroom – Secco Comunicaciones


Marcopolo and Mercedes-Benz supplied 102 new buses to Compañía Uruguaya de Transporte Colectivo S.A. (CUTCSA), the leading company in the segment in Uruguay. The delivery includes 87 units of the Torino Low Entry model, with OH 1721/62 LE Euro 5 chassis and 15 units of the Audace 800 with OH 1622/52 L Euro 3 chassis, both models have OM 924 rear engine, renewing the fleet of the company with operations in the capital Montevideo and its surroundings.

The sale was negotiated by representatives of Dloner and Autolider, in charge of distributing Marcopolo and Mercedes-Benz products in Uruguay, respectively. “The new vehicles reinforce our presence in Uruguay and mark the first offering of the Audace 800 model to be used for intercity travel. They are models that make the company more competitive and further raise the standard of comfort and safety offered to passengers”, in the words of Juliano Leoratto, Marcopolo’s business operations consultant responsible for the Uruguayan market.

The 87 new buses in Torino carry 63 passengers, 34 standing and 29 seated in City seats. They have an access ramp for people with reduced mobility in the central door on the right side, with a specific place for wheelchairs. They are equipped with a Valeo air conditioning system and six USB sockets installed throughout the vehicle. The vehicles are 11,800 mm long, a six-speed Allison automatic transmission with torque converter and air suspension on both axles.

In addition, the 15 Marcopolo Audace 800 with a total length of 11,100 mm, have the capacity to transport 41 passengers seated in Executive model seats, with USB sockets, lift for total accessibility and Multiplex system. Among the comfort and safety equipment are the preparation for the installation of a monitoring system with five cameras and entertainment with multimedia playback, two front electronic routers and front fog lights.

CUTCSA is one of the urban transport companies with the longest tradition in Uruguay, with more than 80 years of activity and operating on around 100 different interurban and urban lines. The operator has a fleet of around 1,100 vehicles, almost all with Marcopolo bodywork.


Colombiabus Newsroom – Portal Movilidad


Higer Bus is one of the main Chinese bus builders and was established in 1998, it belongs to the same business group that owns the King Long and Golden Dragon brands, being capable of producing about 35,000 buses per year of all technologies (diesel, gas, electrical and fuel cell). Likewise, it has maintained the alliance with Scania with which they manufacture 10,000 vehicles per year.

This alliance continues to consolidate and is now taking another step with the Azure line, designed with technical support from Scania, with 100% electric technology, concentrating for the moment on the Brazilian market. Although they are preparing the development to have the version powered by hydrogen. Currently, the Chinese firm has electric models that range up to 18 meters and with developments in the Latin American nation of 23-meter bi-articulated and 15-meter standards with double rear axles.

However, they recognize that they have a disadvantage compared to other Chinese brands such as BYD, Yutong and even their King Long cousins, who have taken steps in Latin America not only with electric vehicles. «We are a bit behind in Latin America, our introductory force today is Brazil, which has a very fast absorption capacity and good prospects for the next few years,» said Marcello Barella, Higer’s Director for South America.

The idea is to participate in the fleet renewal plan of the city of Sao Pablo, which by 2034 estimates a replacement of 1,200 buses per year. They also hope to participate in electromobility projects in countries such as Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, although it will depend on alliances with energy providers such as Enel or Engie, which are the main investors.

“In the case of Transmilenio, we talk a lot with companies, but the problem in South America is not the type or what brand, it is financing. Without an investment group that accompanies the manufacturers, it is very difficult to enter the markets», Barella mentioned to Portal Movilidad.


Colombiabus Newsroom – Ecos 365 / William Marroquín


From an undertaking that had its origins in 1999 in Argentina, with the MCM company, dedicated to distributing auto parts to the current Saldivia Buses, a path has been traveled to build vehicles that transport much more than passengers, in which more than 50,000 people are transported daily, with a portfolio that includes from midibuses with a vehicular weight close to 9 tons, to double-decker buses.

In 2020 despite the pandemic, its Aries 365 road model gave much to talk about due to its advances in design and comfort, as well as the ability to adapt to a trend that has been growing in Argentina where operators are switching to single-deck buses and large passenger and cargo capacity, but without the costs of double-decker buses. This was also reinforced in the alliance with Volvo Buses, whose B450R served as a platform to present that configuration for long distances in a single tier.

An investment of close to 9 million dollars to refurbish its plant, incorporate machinery and modernize its production processes, has been the basis for presenting new luxury road buses to the market, which have been gaining acceptance both in Argentina and abroad. They were able to resist the inactivity caused by the pandemic and the confinement measures, to resume exports to Chile and negotiate the disembarkation in other countries of the region. Saldivia had managed to leave his country, moving to his neighbors, where there was a good demand for road buses for both medium and long routes, as well as for the transport of mining personnel.

«That previously implied carrying out a market study on the needs that existed, designing the model, putting together an entire after-sales structure in Chile, standardizing products and carrying out a commercial deployment abroad,» said Adrián Saldivia, who leads the company. For that market, they have already managed to close the sale of the first four units and expect that at least 20 buses of the brand will roll in 2021.

The models with which they are arriving are the Aries 345 and 365, which stand out for their high level of safety, driving aids and a high level of comfort. Being able to equip them with all the options for a high-level trip with refrigerators, chromatherapy, wide seats and maximum recline, air conditioning and more separation between passengers and cabin.

Thanks to the arrival in Chile, opportunities have opened up for Peru and Ecuador, in addition to negotiating to start selling buses in Uruguay. It is a key issue, since currently more than 90% of production is destined for the domestic market. «We made a significant investment in technology, tools, tooling, welding machinery, laser cutting, bending machines, among other equipment to achieve the necessary quality to be able to compete abroad. The idea is to consolidate abroad and continue to modernize our fleet” said Saldivia.


Colombiabus Newsroom – Portal Movilidad


A few months ago, the MiBus system in Panama reported that it had approval to buy 35 electric midibuses and an additional 160 powered by diesel or natural gas. The process had some delays, following the recommendations of the Inter-American Development Bank and C40 Cities who carried out additional analyzes of technical, operational and financial feasibility that would leave the door open to incorporate more electric buses.

The results of these studies include recommendations such as evaluating a new scenario where medium and large units are combined based on the fact that, in some routes where they would be inserted, the medium ones would not be so profitable due to autonomy. The studies analyzed the operation with large buses and electric midis, in addition to buses with internal combustion engines.

“The acquisition will probably be in phases, for example 100 in the first and about 100 or 50 in a second and third stage. That is one of the details to be defined, but we are sure that it will be more than 35”. Indicated Luis Camapana, General Manager of MiBus

Another key issue is the financial scheme to guarantee the purchase of the buses, which must be defined for the presentation of the bidding conditions in April. It seeks to include acquisition and maintenance, or with an operating lease where MiBus continues as manager, and the contractor is in charge of supporting the buses in exchange for their monthly payment.

The charging infrastructure must be in charge of whoever provides the buses, responding for the electrical installations and chargers in a place that MiBus must assign. It should be remembered that the company is operating two 100% electric buses provided by BYD to evaluate the operation and performance of the units.


Colombiabus Newsroom – El Expreso TV


Metalsur Carrocerías is an Argentine manufacturer that began activities in 1989, thanks to the efforts of engineer Miguel Maestú, who managed with a lot of work to make his company go from being a family organization to one with international projection in the manufacture of bus bodies.

From its facilities in Villa Gobernador Gálvez, in the Rosario city of Santa Fé, with an area of ​​85,000 square meters, it has developed models of pleasant remembrance. Among them, we can mention the Zeppelin, which reminds us of the mythical COX2000 «Coche Bala» that Autobuses Olímpica developed in our country, or the different evolutions of its Starbus road model that roll in Argentina in single and double-decker configurations.

In 2012, Metalpar from Chile and Marcopolo arrived to join the Argentine builder, with a view to making it the largest manufacturer of its kind in the country, with models that gave it its own distinctive personality. In 2019, the Brazilian giant increases the bet and makes an acquisition for an additional 49%, keeping the shares of the Maestú family that founded the company and assuming control of Metalsur’s destinations, having 70% of its ownership.

Now comes one of the most important transformations of the company in its history, because thanks to a visit from the Argentine Ambassador to Brazil, Daniel Scioli, details of a Marcopolo project to manufacture road buses at the Santa Fe facilities were revealed, where until now they served the Torino urban line.

The diplomat met with Marcopolo CEO James Bellini, where an investment of close to 20 million dollars was announced in Argentina and the increase in Metalsur’s staff, which will go from 600 to 1,000 employees. Additionally, they will seek to increase the local integration of suppliers to reach 90% as of the second half of 2021 and as a noteworthy fact, the Santa Fe plant would be the first outside of Brazil to manufacture Paradiso model double-decker buses.

Another important fact after this investment is that the Metalsur name ceases to exist, and will be renamed Marcopolo Argentina.


Colombiabus Newsroom – Portal Movilidad


With ten articulated Yutong electric buses on Line 3, and another 10 on Line 4, the Mexico City Metrobús continues its route towards electromobility. Likewise, for the next 18 months, the creation of a 100% electric line in the interior circuit is planned, seeking to expand the urban interconnection.

Additionally, a cautious but ambitious foray into electric mobility is expected with a clear proposal that is difficult to ignore, seeking to attract more bus manufacturers with sustainable energy. In this way, it would be easier to access and incorporate the benefits they bring, which are both for the user and for the environment itself.

Electromobility is not the only technological renovation that the company has incorporated and seeks to promote. To offer a better service to the user, Metrobús works in two more dimensions: connectivity and the collection system.

In the first case, reference is made both to the connectivity that links the rolling infrastructure and the stations, as well as to the connection with people. That is why they seek to have a «greater service management capacity, through advanced control centers». In the second case, it is sought that direct payment can be accepted in more lines with a charge to the card both in the payment machines, but also with direct validation.

The entry of the Mexico City Metrobús to electric mobility is quite recent. In August 2020, the first, with a capacity for 160 people and a dimension of 18 meters, was enlisted on Line 3, which runs from Tenayuca to Ethiopia, in an alliance with Mobility ADO and Engie México with the Yutong ZK6180BEVG1 buses.


Colombiabus Newsroom – The New Barcelona Post


Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) will invest more than 400 million Euros in the next six years to modernize and make its bus fleet more sustainable. According to the current TMB roadmap, all diesel vehicles will be amortized and only clean buses will be incorporated, preferably with electric traction.

Framed in this plan, the company this week started the tender to acquire 210 electric and hybrid buses for an amount of 116 million euros. The new vehicles will serve to replace others with more polluting technologies and 15 years old.

«We want the Barcelona bus network to be innovative, efficient, safe and, above all, clean and sustainable, in line with the objectives of the European Union to decarbonize transport and combat the climate emergency», explains the President of TMB, Rosa Alarcón. TMB’s strategic commitment not only includes the purchase of clean buses but also of its auxiliary vehicles and necessary infrastructure and the promotion of hydrogen and biogas.

The current tender for 210 electric and hybrid buses is divided into five lots, of which two correspond to 100% electric and zero-emission vehicles, totaling 78 units. Of these, 29 will be articulated with fast charging and will be used for the electrification of the H16, H12 and V15 lines, the three of which are in great demand. The rest will contribute to the goal of making half of TMB’s bus fleet electric powered by 2030.


Colombiabus Newsroom / Mercedes-Benz Vans


More than a quarter of a century ago, production of the Vito mid-size van began at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vitoria, in northern Spain. This first generation of light commercials not only marked a new era for the star brand, but also the rebirth of the facilities located in the Basque capital of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Thanks to the investment to modernize the factory, the annual production capacity rose to 80,000 vehicles, incorporating many automated processes and a state-of-the-art logistics center to have one of the brand’s most modern planes.

The Mercedes-Benz Vitoria production plant currently has about 4,900 employees, occupying an area of ​​642,295 m². Since the expansion in 2001, the production buildings now cover a total area of ​​370,000 m², the equivalent of around 50 football fields. The factory supplies nearly all world markets, including Latin America, and since 1995 has manufactured more than 2 million vehicles.

Most of the production is occupied by the Vito, which was again extensively renewed in 2020. In that same year the electric eVito Tourer with a range of 421 kilometers was introduced, as well as the efficient and powerful OM 654 family of diesel engines from 2 liters and four cylinders. In addition to the Vito, the V-class and the eVito, since 2020 the EQV, which became the first fully electric premium minivan from Mercedes-Benz built in Vitoria.

The Vitoria-Gasteiz factory was built in 1954 and began producing vehicles for the DKW brand the following year. Mercedes-Benz AG, as it was also called at the time, was closely linked with Auto Union in the following years, before acquiring full ownership of the production site in 1981. From 1988 to 1995, Mercedes-Benz produced the MB 100, a light van that was launched in 1981 in Germany and was the predecessor to the Vito, as well as its sisters, the Viano and the V-Class.