The tender won by Otokar for the purchase of 100 metrobuses opened by the IETT General Directorate was signed. The signing ceremony held at the IETT Metrobus Garage for the new metrobuses that will carry Istanbul residents was held with the participation of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu, IETT General Manager Alper Bilgili and Otokar General Manager Serdar Görgüç. Developing a domestic metrobus that will raise the standards in Istanbul transportation, Otokar will complete the delivery of new vehicles in batches within 2022. Otokar will also provide after-sales service to IETT for 3 years.
One of the Koç Group companies, Otokar continues to strengthen the public transportation fleets of municipalities across Turkey with its innovative and environmentally friendly vehicles. Having won great acclaim in more than 50 countries with the vehicles it produces, Otokar won the tender with a total value of 100 million TL for the purchase of 3 metrobuses by IETT and the provision of after-sales services for the vehicles for 606 years. The signing ceremony of IETT, which took place in the metrobus garage in Edirnekapı, was held with the participation of Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu, IETT General Manager Alper Bilgili and Otokar General Manager Serdar Görgüç.
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, has developed the 21-meter metrobus version of KENT, KENT XL, for Istanbul public transportation. 100 KENT XL metrobuses, which will offer a high level of comfort in Istanbul's public transportation, will be delivered in batches until 2022. Otokar will also provide after-sales services for the vehicles for 3 years as per the contract.
“WE ARE ALWAYS SIDE OF ISTANBUL”
At the ceremony held, Otokar General Manager Serdar Görgüç stated that Otokar's metrobuses are designed by Turkish engineers and will be produced by Turkish workers; “On behalf of all Otokar employees, I would like to thank the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and IETT senior management for their trust in us. Since 2012, more than 1000 of our city buses have been successfully serving under IETT, carrying Istanbulites. We know very well the conditions, roads and difficulties in public transportation of the mega city Istanbul; We are aware of this great responsibility. While increasing the comfort of urban travel with the metrobuses we will produce; We will contribute to reducing operating costs with our after-sales services. We will always be next to Istanbul. I wish our new Otokar buses to be beneficial for Istanbul.”
After the signing ceremony, Otokar General Manager Serdar Görgüç presented a model of the domestic metrobus to Ekrem İmamoğlu, the Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. After the ceremony, the participants examined and tested Istanbul's new metrobus.
TURKEY'S LOCAL METROBUS
Turkey's domestic metrobus KENT XL, which is 21 meters long and has a capacity of 200 passengers, added to the vehicle family by Otokar, 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, also removes obstacles in public transportation with its stepless design and easily accessible seats. KENT XL; With its high ceiling structure, spacious interior and powerful air conditioning, it promises a high level of pleasure in urban public transportation. The vehicle also makes a difference with its high heat and sound insulation.
PROVIDES HIGH-LEVEL COMFORT AND SAFETY
Offering high engine power and torque, the vehicle optimizes gear shift intervals and reduces fuel consumption with its Super Eco driving mode. Developed by considering the road and weather conditions of Istanbul, KENT XL offers high maneuverability with its 4th axle structure with steerable independent suspension. Otokar KENT XL, which prevents skidding during turns, automatically limits the power and torque of the engine, and offers high safety with its electronic bellows management system, scans its surroundings while driving and detects pedestrians and bicycles. The vehicle also includes warning systems that detect blind spots and warn the driver in case of danger.