Transit tech startup Asia Mobiliti Sdn Bhd has successfully completed the pilot deployment of Orion, an IoT device made for buses. The pilot was executed in collaboration with a Malaysian fleet operator KR Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd.
Orion was installed on the entire fleet of the LTCP (long-term car park) shuttle bus, consisting of six buses owned by KR Travel. The free shuttle service is provided at both the Kuala Lumpur International Airports, KLIA 1 & KLIA 2.
AT: MAN is better known for their buses in Thailand and Singapore (for instance). What are you planning to do to strengthen the truck segment? TH: This is right, and in addition we are very strong in Hong Kong with the buses. You are also right that we have to catch up in a number of markets for the trucks. I see this as an opportunity as we can grow, and we have the luxury of having the best product. While everyone says that, we can actually prove it. This is not just about the trucks, but also about how we are organised. It is about how our network is organised, how we treat our distributors and clients. Here we have a clear vision and strategy and we will implement new procedures; train people and we will need to increase the footprint in the market. Coming up with competitive pricing is one issue. You need to have CKD options to be competitive.
I expect us to be in a leading position within the next three years. Yes, there are some obstacles, but I am confident that we can get there. We have managed to increase sales from 150 to over 1 000 units in Korea. I am sure we know what to do.
Traditions are there to be respected. Every Busworld Europe edition comes with a Busworld Awards, formerly called European Coach Week (ECW). That was no different this year, but the decor was more majestic than before: the Atomium.
Last Saturday, more than twenty vehicles which are used for all kinds of tests in all sorts of categories gathered around the most famous monument in Belgium. The predominance of buses, mainly electrically powered, was striking, apart from the large number of participants. An international jury judged each car down to the last bolt. Those who eventually won the highly desired Busworld Awards are immediately recognizable by the stands of the winners at Busworld itself.
MAN Truck & Bus, one of Europe’s strong brands has decided to cement its commitment to the Thai Market. As of 1st November 2019, MAN SE will appoint MAN Truck & Bus Asia Pacific – the head office of AREA APAC to be the sole distributor for Thailand to represent the company in the region. MAN SE is to work closely with local business partners to promote high quality products and fully efficient performance to support Thailand as a growth market.
Mr. Thilo Halter has many years of international experience in leading positions in various functions and industries. He has been in Asia Pacific for MAN since 2007, starting here as CFO Asia Pacific, then as Managing Director of MAN Truck & Bus Korea, and since 2015 as Managing Director of MAN Truck & Bus China.
With the ambitious targets of MAN-Simply#1 globally, Mr. Thilo Halter takes the new challenge, as Head of Sales Area Asia Pacific starting from July 1st, 2019. In an exclusive interview, Halter told Asian Trucker about their ambitions.
Hong Kong’s largest franchised bus operator, The Kowloon Motor Bus Company has placed an order of 180 Enviro500 double-decker buses from Alexander Dennis Limited. The buses, featured with roof-mounted solar panels are scheduled to be delivered in early 2020.
ComfortDelGro Bus Pte Ltd, one of the largest and most established land transport companies in Singapore, has launched its on-demand bus service called ComfortConnect in the eastern part of Singapore.
The ComfortConnect application can be downloaded into any smartphone devices, through Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The services are currently free during its three-month trial period, which started on August 15 and it operates from Monday to Friday between 10am to 4pm.
KL Hop-On Hop-off bus in September 2018 introduced a new garden route that included tourist attraction hotspots such as Little India, National Museum and the National Palace amongst many others. Operator, Elang Wah Sdn Bhd said the new route has proven to be a popular choice for those who prefer a more nature-orientated tour.
Sync R&D is the company behind Elektrik Bas Inovasi Malaysia, more commonly known as EBIM. EBIM is Malaysia’s first fully electric city bus – designed and made by local talents. It was developed with local operators’ input in mind to cater to the needs of the market, be it local or foreign.
Under the Used & Retired Bus Programme by a bus company that operates franchised services in Hong Kong, decommissioned single and double-decker buses are to be donated to schools and non-governmental organisations. Till today, 24 buses have been donated. The vehicles are then converted into classrooms and interactive learning centres with various themes. Educators believe the revamped buses provide a unique and inspiring learning environment for students.
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia, today unveiled the 2019 model year Aero Star large city route bus that comes standard with Emergency Driving Stop System (EDSS), ensuring enhanced safety for drivers and passengers. The new model will be available through MFTBC sales companies and regional sales units across Japan as of September 2019.