Volgren has re­ceived a ma­jor ex­port or­der for 29 Aus­tralian-built low-floor city buses from Tokyo Met­ro­pol­i­tan Gov­ern­ment Bu­reau of Trans­port

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Volgren has re­ceived a ma­jor ex­port or­der for 29 Aus­tralian-built low-floor city buses from Tokyo Met­ro­pol­i­tan Gov­ern­ment Bu­reau of Trans­port.

The or­der is Volgren’s sin­gle big­gest deal since en­ter­ing the Ja­panese mar­ket in 2014 with its ar­tic­u­lated route bus.

This lat­est part­ner­ship with the Tokyo Met­ro­pol­i­tan Gov­ern­ment, which op­er­ates about 1450 buses in the Greater Tokyo re­gion, is one of four op­er­a­tor re­la­tion­ships that Volgren has es­tab­lished, in­clud­ing its on­go­ing as­so­ci­a­tion with Ja­pan’s largest bus op­er­a­tor, the Nishitetsu Rail­way Com­pany.

Volgren chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Dale says the en­try of the Volgren low-floor city buses, to be built on a Sca­nia N280UB E6 chas­sis, would be the first of its kind in Ja­pan.

“In a short space of time, Volgren have built a rep­u­ta­tion in Ja­pan for man­u­fac­tur­ing high- qual­ity, niche ve­hi­cles in ar­eas that lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ers cur­rently do not sup­ply into,” he says.

“There’s cur­rently no lo­cal Ja­panese bus body man­u­fac­turer pro­duc­ing com­plete low-floor buses, with the only other op­tion be­ing buses from Europe, which are non- com­pli­ant to Ja­panese reg­u­la­tions and not equipped with any Ja­panese- spe­cific equip­ment upon de­liv­ery to the cus­tomer.”

“The low-floor route buses for Tokyo Met­ro­pol­i­tan Gov­ern­ment, to be built right here in Dan­de­nong, will be 100 per cent com­pli­ant to their ve­hi­cle spec­i­fi­ca­tions, in­clud­ing their com­plex on-board pas­sen­ger in­for­ma­tion sys­tems, tick­et­ing equip­ment and emer­gency exit re­quire­ments. This ready-to-roll so­lu­tion is well re­ceived by op­er­a­tors and is one of the key planks to our suc­cess in Ja­pan.”

Dale says Volgren’s en­gi­neer­ing qual­ity and tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion means its buses are now de­sired through­out the world.

“Tokyo Met­ro­pol­i­tan Gov­ern­ment is one of the most pro­gres­sive bus op­er­a­tors in the world. They’ve re­cently taken de­liv­ery of the first Toy­ota fuel cell bus and, by or­der­ing a com­plete low-floor so­lu­tion through Volgren, they’re send­ing a mes­sage to lo­cal sup­pli­ers – up­date and be more flex­i­ble to pas­sen­ger re­quire­ments or we’ll go else­where,” he says.

The com­plete low-floor city buses will im­prove ease of ac­cess, in­crease ca­pac­ity and bet­ter cater to Tokyo’s age­ing pop­u­la­tion.

The first of two ho­molo­ga­tion units, or­dered by Sca­nia Ja­pan, will go into build soon as part of the pre-regis­tra­tion process. Pro­duc­tion of the re­main­ing buses will com­mence in May and be com­pleted by Au­gust 2018.

“This ready-to-roll so­lu­tion is one of the key planks to our suc­cess in Ja­pan”

Above: Volgren has strength­ened its po­si­tion in Ja­pan with the lat­est or­der from the Tokyo Met­ro­pol­i­tan Gov­ern­ment

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