Tata Mo­tors bags 500-bus or­der from Ivory Coast

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Tata Mo­tors has bagged an or­der of 500 low floor ur­ban city buses from Ivory Coast. First lot of 117 buses were handed over to SOTRA, the Abid­jan trans­port com­pany, re­cently. Fi­nanced un­der the EXIM Bank of In­dia for op­er­a­tion by SOTRA, the buses are built on the Tata LPO 1924 rear en­gine semi-low floor plat­form. Cus­tomised to meet the re­quire­ments of the op­er­a­tor, the buses, aimed at the trans­port sys­tem in Cote D’Ivoire, saw a ded­i­cated team of Tata Mo­tors en­gi­neers work with SOTRA for the last 12 months to achieve the de­sired level of cus­tomi­sa­tion. The LPO 1924 RESLF bus plat­form is made up of ag­gre­gates from global sup­pli­ers like Cum­mins, Al­li­son, and Mer­i­tor. With the body built by Mar­copolo, the buses fea­ture a pneu­matic driver’s seat, au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, tilt and tele­scopic in­te­gral power steer­ing, and low noise lev­els for com­fort­able travel. The buses also fea­ture wide in­swing doors at the front and out-swing doors at the rear. Sus­pen­sion con­sists of six air bel­lows, and a wider gang­way.

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