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Otokar awarded 750 KENT 12m buses for Istanbul

​​Otokar has been awarded with a total of 750 KENT buses worth Euro 124,8 million in total, by Istanbul Municipality.

Istanbul Municipality's public transport company IETT opened three solo type bus tenders of 250 units each on June 14th, August 16th, and October 18th, 2012 respectively. Otokar offering the best bids won the first two tenders, and the last tender which was announced on January 3rd, 2013. Together with last order, 750 Otokar KENT buses will all be operational in 2013.

Stating that he had been closely following the activities realized in order to provide world standards in terms of public transportation for Istanbul, one of the most populated cities in the world, Mr. Serdar Gorguc, General Manager of Otokar said: "In our 50th anniversary we're proud to be selected by Istanbul Municipality. I believe KENT buses will further enhance the life quality of Istanbul. The importance of public transportation is increasing due to the global growth of vehicle parks and pollution, and heavy traffic which is one of the biggest problems of metropolis. One of the top priority on every municipalities agenda is modern public transportation systems." Gorguc continued as follows: "We're glad to support the improvement of Istanbul, the most crowded city of Turkey with a population of 17 million. Otokar is contributing to Istanbul's development in public transportation area with modern, effective, energy-efficient, and environment-friendly vehicles."

KENT is a 12-metre bus with capacity for up to 103 passengers, equipped with an automatic fire extinguisher system, EBS and independent front suspension. Honoured with the Jury's Special Award at the "European Bus&Coach Week", and the "Best Design Award" of "Design Turkey Industrial Design Awards" in Turkey, KENT bus is already in use in the leading cities of Turkey and in Europe. Currently KENT buses are also widely used in public transportation within Istanbul as private public buses. 

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