ZF Receives New Major Order for 565 City Buses in Russia

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- The Moscow-based public transport authority, Mosgortrans, once again relies on ZF driveline and chassis technology for its vehicle fleet
- Transmission systems, axles, and steering technology for cost-effective, reliable, and safe buses

More attractive, economical, and at the same time, more environmentally-friendly urban public transport networks (UPTN) can be achieved by combining contemporary commercial vehicle components and the systems expertise of a leading technology company. This is why the Russian public transport authority, Mosgortrans, has ordered 565 new city buses with ZF's driveline and chassis technology. These buses will be operated in Moscow as of the end of August 2013 already.

With more than twelve million inhabitants, the Russian capital is one of the world's biggest metropolises. About 12.5 million passengers use the UPTN there every day - on more than 520 city and intercity routes covering around 765 000 kilometers. "This is one reason why Russia is one of the most important commercial vehicle markets in the world. Thus, we are all the more pleased about the new major order from Mosgortrans", said Rolf Lutz, Member of the Board of Management at ZF Friedrichshafen AG, responsible for Commercial Vehicle Technology. The public transport authority of Moscow has ordered a total of 565 city buses from the Russian vehicle manufacturer, LiAZ; all these buses are equipped with driveline and chassis technology from ZF.

In all of the 565 vehicles, the clutch shift energy is supplied by reliable automatic ZF transmission systems. In terms of the chassis, the 404 LiAZ solo buses are equipped with the ZF RL 85 A front axle and the AV 132 rear low-floor driven axle. The remaining 161 articulated buses are also fitted with the AVN 132 non-driven tag axle. The order also includes products from ZF Lenksysteme, a joint venture of ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Robert Bosch GmbH: They range from steering systems, angular gears, and steering pitman arms to ball joint shafts. All the components will be installed in the vehicles until the end of August 2013.

Mosgortrans has already made use of ZF's expertise in the past: Including the current order, about 5 000 low-floor solo and trolley buses are on the road in Moscow equipped with the technology company's driveline and chassis technology, as well as with steering technology from ZF Lenksysteme. There is one more particular reason why the chances of this number increasing in the future are very good: Since July 2012, a further 19 municipalities have officially become part of the Moscow administrative area. This growth opens up additional perspectives for modern low-floor buses with ZF technology.

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