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REP­RE­SEN­TA­TIVES from Tokyo Met­ro­pol­i­tan Gov­ern­ment ( TMG) and Sca­nia Ja­pan have given ‘ highly pos­i­tive’ feed­back af­ter re­cently vis­it­ing Volgren’s man­u­fac­tur­ing head­quar­ters in Dan­de­nong, Vic­to­ria, for their first cus­tomer in­spec­tion of its low-floor bus or­der.

The del­e­ga­tion was on hand to in­spect and fi­nalise the first units for TMG, the first of a 29-strong, low-floor route bus or­der made in De­cem­ber, 2017.

Nick Carnie, prod­uct man­ager and in­dus­trial de­signer for Volgren says the low-floor bus prod­uct is com­pletely dif­fer­ent to Tokyo Met­ro­pol­i­tan’s cur­rent fleet – mak­ing the in­spec­tion all the more im­por­tant.

“The abil­ity to re­view the fin­ished prod­uct to­gether in per­son, dis­cuss el­e­ments of the body de­sign and the spec­i­fi­ca­tion was im­mensely valu­able to both par­ties,” Carnie said.

“For our in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers it re­moves any ‘lost in trans­la­tion’ sit­u­a­tions and you get a much greater un­der­stand­ing of how the end user in­ter­acts with the bus and the trans­port sys­tem more broadly,” he added.

Carnie said the feed­back from Sca­nia Ja­pan and TMG was “highly pos­i­tive” with both par­ties sig­nal­ing their ex­cite­ment re­gard­ing the fu­ture of low-floor buses in Ja­pan and the newly formed re­la­tion­ship.

Pro­duc­tion of the re­main­ing buses will com­mence later this month and aims to be com­pleted by Au­gust, 2018.

Above: Tokyo Met­ro­pol­i­tan Gov­ern­ment (TMG) and Sca­nia Ja­pan del­e­gates, joined by Pe­ter Dale, Volgren CEO, and Wendy McMil­lan, CEO of The Rolling Stock De­vel­op­ment Di­vi­sion.

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