Otokar receives order for 50 CNG buses from Azerbaijan
August 10, 2021
Istanbul, August 9, 2021- Turkey’s leading bus brand, Otokar, proceeds at full speed in exports. Providing safe and comfortable rides for millions of passengers in 50 countries with more than 35 thousand buses, Otokar received an order for 50 CNG buses from Azerbaijan to serve in Baku’s public transportation.
Otokar, a Koç Group company, maintains its growth in export markets with its own designed and produced buses. With buses used in more than 50 countries, particularly in Europe, Otokar most recently received an order for 50 KENT CNG public transportation buses from Xaliq Faiqoglu, a leading public transit operator in Azerbaijan. Otokar will produce 48 units of 12mt KENT CNG and two 18.75mt KENT Articulated CNG buses to meet the public transportation needs of Baku. The company plans to start delivering the order this year and complete it in the first quarter of 2022.
“LARGEST ORDER FOR CNG BUSES IN ONE LOT”
General Manager Serdar Görgüç expressed his pleasure about exporting the public transportation buses of Otokar, which stands apart as a preferred brand for many European capitals with nearly 60 years of experience in the sector, engineering capabilities, and vehicles, to Azerbaijan. “We are delighted to announce that our vehicles, which are already the choice of municipalities across Turkey along with many European countries, including France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Malta, and Romania, will soon start to serve Azerbaijan as well. This agreement also marks the largest export order for CNG buses in one lot. We are incredibly proud that the buses we design and manufacture in Turkey are used in some of the world’s major cities.”
MORE COMFORT IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Görgüç noted that the 48 KENT CNG and two KENT Articulated CNG buses will be produced with features to meet the public transportation needs in Baku, “The KENT buses that we will produce in accordance with the requirements of Xaliq Faiqoglu, Azerbaijan’s largest public transportation operator serving the country for nearly 20 years, will bring superior comfort with their spacious interiors and features to Baku’s public transit system.”
SUPPORTING EFFORTS TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE AND AIR POLLUTION
Görgüç added that municipalities and bus operators are increasingly leaning toward environment-friendly vehicles due to climate change and air pollution in recent years. “We have significant experience and know-how in alternative-fueled vehicles, particularly electric buses. In the last decade, we allocated TL 1.3 billion for R&D spending to elevate the living standards of future generations with efficient, eco-friendly, and innovative products. Driven by our R&D activities and capabilities, we developed Turkey’s first electric, first hybrid, CNG-powered, and first safe buses. Every day, more than 35 thousand buses provide comfortable and safe rides for millions of passengers. We will start delivering the 50 buses this year and complete the deliveries in the first quarter of 2022. These CNG buses will support the efforts to combat climate change and air pollution.”
KENT buses come with a modern interior and exterior design, eco-friendly engine, and excellent handling. The KENT buses that will serve Baku offer low operating costs per seat and provide a pleasant journey each season with a powerful air conditioning system. The buses ensure maximum safety with features, including ABS, ASR, disc brakes, and anti-jamming door systems, promising superior comfort in public transit. Furthermore, Otokar KENT stands out with high passenger capacity.
Source: Otokar Otomotiv ve Savunma Sanayi A.Ş