IVECO BUS reached another important milestone delivering its 40,000th Crossway to ARRIVA Czech Republic on August 26th in its Vysoke Myto plant. This new record production confirms the European leadership of the Crossway range on the intercity segment.
Vysoké Mýto, August 26th, 2019
Launched a decade ago, the Crossway range has been especially designed to cope with the challenges of city and intercity passenger transportation – thanks to low entry and normal floor versions – while also meeting environmental targets – with diesel Euro VI and natural gas tractions. The Crossway range benefits from high recognition from its customers but also from international trade press and received numerous awards such as “International Bus & Coach Award 2017” and “Sustainable Bus of the Year 2018” for its Crossway Low Entry version respectively in diesel and natural gas.
Already recognized as the European leader in the intercity segment, particularly in France, Italy, Germany and Eastern Europe, the Crossway breaks today new ground, reaching the record production of 40000 units. Extremely popular with both private transport companies and public transport authorities, it confirms once again its ability to convince customers thanks to its profitability and polyvalence.
This jubilee 40,000th Crossway, equipped with Cursor 9 engine and 14.5m length, marks an important milestone for IVECO BUS and its Vysoke Myto plant. This Crossway LE Line enables access for the wheelchair thanks to its front and middle door and is a part of a delivery of 15 buses, participating to the renewal fleet plan of the company. Currently, Arriva operates 2000 vehicles and transports more than 115 million passengers.
“I am proud that Crossway, with the serial number 40,000, will be owned by Arriva. In the long term, we support the domestic production of modern and quality buses. This will be appreciated by our passengers, who can enjoy greater comfort while traveling. All new buses have air conditioning, comfortable seats with high backs, LCD screens with stop information, but also Wi-Fi network or USB chargers for recharging mobile phones ”, added Daniel Adamka, CEO of ARRIVA TRANSPORT ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA.
The bus will be deployed as part of the Prague Integrated Transport and passengers will recognize it by the number 40,000 on its side.
This new step also consolidates Vysoke Myto plant as a reference in the industrial sector: located 180 km east from Prague, it has a long-lasting tradition of producing coaches and buses, and more than 120-year history since its founding. With more than 3,800 employees, plus 1,700 subcontractors, it is one of the largest employers in Czech Republic and Europe’s largest bus manufacturer, with more than 4 000 vehicles per year.
“With this new record production, the Crossway range confirms its position of European undisputed leader in intercity category. Thanks to an extended range, we are now able to offer the perfect match for every need, also in natural gas.” commented Stephane Espinasse, IVECO BUS Brand Leader.
The Vysoké Mýto plant also won the World Class Manufacturing bronze medal, an international methodology that assesses the organization of production system to manage factories to the highest world standards. This is a fitting reward for the company’s commitment to making its production processes continuously more efficient and flexible, aimed at positioning itself as among the most competitive in the world, through an active and continuous investment policy.
“The 40,000th Crossway is an important milestone for IVECO BUS and all our employees here, in Vysoke Myto. This plant is key in the global development plan of our brand” conclude Sylvain Blaise, Head of Global Bus Division.