Although the Georgian capital Tbilisi is a holiday destination for some, it is still an insider tip, despite its rich history. However, it is not just tourists who find it a worthwhile place to visit – several sales representatives from MAN Truck & Bus also had a very rewarding trip there in July this year, culminating in the signing of a contract to purchase 143 MAN city buses.
This will mark the first time that vehicles made by the long-established business have been used by a Georgian transport company. The vehicles will be supplied in several batches, with the first instalment of ten buses already having been delivered at the end of September.
The entire order was for MAN Lion’s City solo buses, some equipped with a passenger counting system. All buses have three extra-wide doors to allow users on and off more quickly as well as a 310 hp (228 kW) modern gas engine which meets the Euro 6 emission standard.
Passenger safety features include the electronic brake system (EBS) with ABS (anti-lock braking system) and ASR (traction control), as well as the ESP electronic stability programme. Inside, the vehicle has seating for 31 passengers and standing room for 54.
Years of hard work and effort have preceded the signing of this contract on both the political and business levels, the latter being mainly through the official MAN importer, Tegeta Truck & Bus and the Bus Sales Team in the Central Imports department.
According to Rudi Kuchta, Senior Vice President Product & Sales Bus at MAN Truck & Bus: “We are especially delighted that the public service transport provider Tbilisi Transport Company has so much faith in our products, as demonstrated through this impressive first order of 143 city buses.”