Opel Receives Record Order for School Buses from Romanian Government

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Opel has won a public bid organized by the Romanian government under which it will built the largest fleet of new school buses in the company's history.

The contract is worth €16,2 million ($1.9 million) and in total, 600 Movano Trabus vehicles will go into service in the coming month, providing transportation for 9,600 children in rural areas and facilitating the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

An initial batch of 100 units has already been completed and ceremoniously delivered at a press event hosted by the government in downtown Bucharest, the Romanian capital city.

The 600 Movano will be converted into a 16+1 configuration and is equipped with an air condition system that covers the whole cabin. The body style is L3H2, which in layman's terms means a long body with average height (6,198mm length and 2,488mm height).

Powering this fleet of light commercial vehicles is a 2.3-liter CDTI diesel engine producing 100 horsepower at 3,500rpm and 285 Nm of torque from just 1,500rpm. On the combined cycle, this efficient engine is claimed to consume just 6.7 liters per 100km, equivalent to CO2 emissions of 176 grams. A cold starting system that works up to -20 degrees, under-body shielding and traction control are among the options fitted. For the safety of the children, the Romanian government asked that all the Movano buses be fitted with a speed limitation device that stops them from going over of 90 km/h.
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