• 12-FEB-2014

Iveco Bus scores a major export success: 350 "clean" buses powered with natural gas delivered to Kazakhstan



Iveco Bus will deliver to Astana 350 Citelis CNG, 280 standard and 70 articulated, for an amount of about one hundred million euro. Kazakhstan’s capital will thus modernize its fleet in time for the Universal Exhibition it will be hosting in 2017, the theme for which is "Energy of the Future".

Astana has decided to modernize its fleet of public transport vehicles by selecting the buses of the Iveco Bus brand powered with natural gas (CNG).

 Already known for its excellence, this technology was chosen this time for its environmental qualities. No particulate filters and no additives are needed, due to its particularly effective, optimal combustion process, called stoichiometric. Its emissions, mainly the fine particles responsible for respiratory diseases in urban areas, are lower than those specified by the Euro VI Directive which came into force on 1st January 2014 all across Europe. Noise emissions of the Cursor 8 CNG have been halved and, compared to a diesel vehicle. Its vibrations are dampened at all operating speeds.
The Iveco Cursor 8 CNG engine is produced at Bourbon-Lancy in France, a plant employing 1,400 people. The Burgundy Region's leading employer, it is one of the 7 CNH Industrial plants in France. This major order for the city of Astana follows a Chinese order for 1,400 CNG engines intended for Beijing's buses, 40% of which are Cursor 8 manufactured at Bourbon-Lancy.

Pierre Lahutte, Head of Global Bus at CNH Industrial, said:  "This prestigious export success for the Astana Expo 2017 shows that we have been able to anticipate the needs of cities in terms of urban pollution, a subject at the heart of the concerns of many public authorities.  Europe's leader for many years in clean buses running on CNG with nearly 5,000 buses in service in Europe, more recently we have also been strengthened our leadership position in the field of hybrid vehicles, illustrated by the phenomenal success of Heuliez Bus with its hybrid range, particularly the 102 units currently in service in Dijon. We welcome this latest success which demonstrates that CNH Industrial, with its proven CNG and hybrid solutions and its two French facilities, Iveco Bus in Annonay and Heuliez Bus in Rorthais, is well ahead of the trend and today can answer the challenges of cities who are deciding to abandon diesel engines and use clean buses. France's Treasury Office and Ministries of the Economy, Finances and Foreign Trade played a decisive role in this success, by ensuring that the required financial instruments were available. I really want to thank also the French Embassy in Kazakhstan, especially the team dedicated to sales support, and the Major of Annonay who facilitated the contacts with the services of the Ministry of the Economy, Finances at the beginning."

In addition, a Memorandum of agreement has been signed for the study of High Level of Service Bus lines, representing about 100 vehicles. Iveco Bus, with the Crealis model launched in 2008, is more than ever leading the innovations in urban transport. More than 250 Crealis have been delivered and are highly appreciated in service (see photo of CNG Crealis of Nancy, France)

CNH Industrial, a major player in France

CNH Industrial has 7 plants in France which provide more than 4,000 manufacturing jobs. Its two independent subsidiaries, Iveco Bus and Heuliez Bus, are leaders on the French bus and coach market.

The Citelis bus is manufactured at the Iveco Bus factory in Annonay, Ardèche, which was awarded the bronze medal in 2013 following its WCM (World Class Manufacturing) audit, an international methodology for managing manufacturing processes according to best standards worldwide. The Bourbon-Lancy plant was awarded the WCM silver medal in 2010. These successes elevate the two sites to the official rank of the world's most efficient plants and are further proof of CNH Industrial’s commitment in France.

Apart from employing more than 1,200 people, the historic plant at Annonay also provides work at more than 250 French suppliers and subcontractors. It ensures the production of a broad range of coaches and buses meeting all the operating needs of carriers and transport authorities.

The vehicles produced in Annonay are designed in the Iveco Bus Research and Development centre in Lyon, where a team of 300 people contribute to France's industrial excellence.

Number 1 for diesel-electric hybrid buses, Heuliez Bus has delivered 102 vehicles of this type to the city of Dijon, which is so far the largest fleet of buses using this alternative technology in Continental Europe.

The Iveco Bus and Heuliez Bus production sites received the "Origine France Garantie" label in 2013, the label devised by the Pro France association and awarded by Bureau Veritas Certification, their entire coach manufacturing process fully satisfying the certification criteria.

​12 February 2014