DAF Components has delivered 100 PACCAR MX-11 engines to Turkish bus manufacturer Otokar. The Euro 6 power units will be mounted in an equal number of new ‘Metrobuses’; the popular articulated flagship vehicles for the Istanbul municipality, deployed on rapid bus lanes that cross Europe’s largest metropole.
DAF Components is a leading independent supplier of components, such as engines, axles and cabs, to manufacturers of buses, coaches, specialised vehicles and ships all over the world.
Excellent drivability, comfortable and maximum uptime
The 100 Euro 6 PACCAR MX-11 engines ordered by Otokar offer 270 kW/370 hp and a torque of 1,900 Nm at 900 rpm. The flat torque curve ensures a smooth drive and maximum passenger comfort, also on the hilly Istanbul bus lanes. Otokar has opted for the DAF built PACCAR engines because of their unparalleled reliability and extremely low maintenance costs. In addition, the maintenance schedule of only one service interval per year ensures maximum uptime of the vehicles.
Kerem Erman, Head of Otokar Commercial Vehicles, said: “The commissioning of the new Metrobuses marks a new era in public transportation in Istanbul, thanks to the efficient performance, durability, low fuel consumption, high safety and comfort of the buses.”
1,000,000 passengers a day
The new Metrobuses from Otokar can accommodate 200 passengers at the same time. They will be put into operation at a dedicated 52 km rapid bus transit route in Istanbul, which follows the city's up-and-down ring by using bus lanes for almost the entire length of the course. In total, the Istanbul Metrobuses carry approximately 1,000,000 people every day. Maintenance of the articulated buses will be carried out by Otokar in joint effort(s) with the local DAF dealer.