Optare celebrates £21 million export order

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Optare has marked the delivery of the first batch of 114 Metrocity buses to New Zealand at a special ceremony at the British High Commission in the country’s capital, Wellington.

Acting British High Commissioner, Helen Smith cut the ribbon on the first bus of Optare’s biggest ever Australasian export order, worth £21m.

The British-built Metrocity buses are being supplied to Tranzit Group, one of New Zealand’s largest public transport operators.  The first 12 of the buses will begin operating on Greater Wellington Regional Council routes in Wellington and the surrounding region in the next few weeks.

The Metrocity buses for Tranzit feature Euro-VI compliant engines, an innovative monocoque design, have a passenger capacity of up to 55 and will be the lightest with this capacity to operate in New Zealand.

Graham Belgum, President of Optare, said: “This is a significant step for Optare in our international export strategy and signals the start of the exciting growth opportunities available to us in Australasia.  Furthermore, it recognises our continued innovation in lightweight design, delivering significant annual savings in fuel consumption and operating costs.”

Paul Snelgrove, Managing Director of Tranzit Group, said: “The Metrocity buses were purpose-built to meet the demands of the Wellington region’s commuter network.

“They’re top-of-the-line and exactly what we need to give the region’s commuters the very best service possible. As well as being Euro-VI certified, the Metrocity buses weigh 900kg less than comparable vehicles, use much less fuel and can carry more passengers.

“We’ve ordered a combination of 10.1m and 10.8m buses, which means we’ll have the right buses available to best service the mix of the city, suburban and semi-rural routes we’ll be operating. The shorter buses are much easier to manoeuvre and are ideal for tight, twisty routes.”

Jason Pecotic, General Manager of Bus Corp Oceania, who are Optare’s dealer and partners in Australia and New Zealand, said: “We are delighted to be providing warranty and full aftermarket support for the vehicles and are working closely with Optare to expand the product reach to operators in New Zealand and Australia.

“Bus Corp Oceania is a strong and well-resourced distributor and is very much focused on ensuring that the Optare message is heard across the region. This is the message of an advanced monocoque design which delivers integrity and strength but minimises weight resulting in better fuel consumption and lower emissions. We are already seeing people sit up and take notice of Optare and this new fleet of Optare buses for Tranzit is just the beginning of resurgence of the brand down under.”

Stuart Masson
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