First Wrightbus integral order for KMB

Wrightbus International has won its first orders for integral StreetDecks from Kowloon Motor Bus in Hong Kong with a batch of 50 alongside an order for 50 double-deck bodies buses on Volvo chassis.

The latest order, which will be delivered in autumn 2019, follows the earlier announcement in October for 150 Volvo/Wright double-decks.

All of the buses will be twin door and 10.65m long models with the twin-axle StreetDecks powered by a Euro VI six-cylinder Daimler engine and Voith D854.6 gearbox with integral retarder, while the Volvo/Wrights batch will be three-axle and repeat the specification from the October order.

Wrights says this latest order brings the total number of units sold by the Ballymena manufacturer to Hong Kong in the last two years to 584.

“The Asia Pacific market, in particular Hong Kong, is currently proving to be extremely buoyant for us,” says John McLeister, group business and product development director. “These latest orders follow business concluded with KMB’s sister company, LongWin Bus, as well as, City Bus and Japanese tour bus operator, Hatobus.

“In recent years we’ve worked hard to establish the Wrightbus name and vehicles in the region and it is exciting to see this bearing fruit and our buses going into service in places like Hong Kong and Tokyo.

“We’re confident that operators, drivers and passengers alike will be enjoying the many benefits these buses bring in terms of operational efficiency, reduced emissions and comfort.”

As with the previous order, the latest units will be manufactured at Wrightbus’ new facility in Gracehill, Ballymena.