A letter of invitation to the contract of the 100 metrobus tender opened by the IETT General Directorate was sent to the bus manufacturer Otokar, one of the Koç Group companies.
According to the statement made by Otokar, Otokar, which has been preferred by many metropolitan municipalities in Turkey and in countries such as France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Romania in Europe in recent years, offers national design and domestic production will produce metrobus.
The new vehicle subject to the contract, with a total value of 606 million TL and to be signed within 10 days, was announced as KENT XL. For the 21-meter-long, 200-passenger KENT XL, Otokar will also provide after-sales service to IETT for 3 years. Deliveries are planned to be completed in batches in 2022.
“New metrobus special to Istanbul from Turkish engineers”
Otokar General Manager Serdar Görgüç, whose views are included in the statement, pointed out that Otokar, which has global experience in public transportation, has a unique experience in Istanbul, where it has been serving for many years, and said, "Since 2012, more than 1000 city buses have been successfully operated under IETT. It provides service and carries Istanbulites. As Turkey's bus manufacturer, we know the conditions, roads and difficulties in public transportation of the mega city Istanbul very well, and we know the seven hills of Istanbul very well. We are aware of the responsibility to be taken in Istanbul's public transportation. We have reflected this experience in our product development efforts. In this direction, we have developed the 21-meter metrobus version of KENT, which provides safe service to millions of passengers every day in Turkey and all over the world.” used the phrases.
Görgüç stated that the national design and domestic production metrobuses designed by Turkish engineers and produced by Turkish workers were developed to maximize the comfort of urban travel that would suit Istanbul residents.
“As Otokar, we are proud to serve IETT once again. In the past kazanWithin the scope of the tenders we have made, we have provided after-sales service to our vehicles within IETT for 5 years; We also contributed to the reduction of operating costs. Thanks to the infrastructure established at that time, the rate of putting the buses into service was 99 percent, even when periodic maintenance is included. In other words, KENT buses went to their services regularly every day without any disruption at that time, and continued to serve our citizens without interruption. Even today, this rate is much higher than the average of Europe and even the world. Serving in a metropolis like Istanbul is a great reference for all domestic manufacturers; It increases the competitiveness of Turkish companies abroad. Istanbul has become our greatest reference, which we proudly describe as an example of success in many tenders in Europe. We are happy to be assigned by IETT to serve Istanbul again. We have developed the most ideal metrobus for Istanbul conditions. We will always be with Istanbul for the after-sales services of our vehicles, which we aim to raise the standards in transportation.”
High carrying capacity, easy boarding and landing
According to the information given in the statement, Otokar's new vehicle KENT XL, which is 50 meters long and has a capacity of 21 passengers, added to the vehicle family of Otokar, which offers comfortable and safe travel to millions of passengers in more than 200 countries of the world with its innovative buses, will meet the increasing public transportation needs of metropolitan cities with its features.
Developed with the knowledge gained from KENT buses used in urban transportation globally and in Turkey, KENT XL will start a new era in public transportation with its high performance, durability, low fuel consumption, high level of safety and comfort.
The vehicle, which has wide, safe and outward opening doors that allow passengers to get on and off the metrobus quickly, will also eliminate obstacles in public transportation with its stepless design and easily accessible seats. KENT XL promises a high level of pleasure in urban public transportation with its high ceiling structure, spacious interior and powerful air conditioning. The vehicle also makes a difference with its high heat and sound insulation.
KENT XL offers high engine power and torque with its new generation applications. The Super Eco drive mode in the vehicle optimizes gear shift intervals and reduces fuel consumption.
Developed by considering the ramp, road structure and weather conditions in different cities, KENT XL is equipped with warning systems that scan its surroundings, detect pedestrians and bicycles, detect blind spots and warn the driver in case of danger.
The independent 4th axle not only offers high passenger capacity and large interior volume to the KENT XL. KENT XL's low turning radius is achieved with the 4th axle structure with steering independent suspension and high maneuverability is provided in line with the road route of the BRT line.
KENT XL also offers high safety with the electronic bellows management system, which prevents skidding during turning and automatically limits the power and torque of the engine.