VW Caminhões e Ônibus is participating in the modernization of public transport in Angola, in Africa, and has just shipped 130 buses to this destination. The entire lot consists of Volksbus 17.210 models that are already involved in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic: all units are equipped with Marcopolo Torino body and protective barriers for Marcopolo BioSafe driver and collector. The flexible and modular solution can be installed in different bodies, reducing the possibility of contagion by reducing the exposure of professionals to possible droplets expelled during speech, coughing or sneezing.
Over the past few years, VW Caminhões e Ônibus has exported 568 Volksbus models that are part of the Regular Urban Passenger Transport Project (TURP), managed by Grupo Asperbras, the automaker's official representative in that country for over ten years. The fleet sent is already in action, distributed among 18 provinces of Angola, such as the capital, Luanda, where there is the largest number of chassis.
“Angola has an urban transport network that is still far from its needs. In Luanda, for example, there are 8 million inhabitants for just over 500 buses, covering just 15% of the province. That's why, even in times of pandemic, negotiations continued,” says Geraldo Kulaif, director of Grupo Asperbras.
“VW Caminhões e Ônibus officially started its exportations in 1985. Therefore, reaching our 35 years of international presence with businesses that promote quality and safety in transportation is a milestone in our history,”comments Leonardo Soloaga, director of International Sales at VW Caminhões e Ônibus.
The highest percentage of buses sent to Angola, which reaches 87%, meets the demand for public transport of passengers, also considering categories of benefits and gratuities, such as students, young people, the elderly, people with reduced mobility and veterans of the motherland.
Another 8% are for specific passenger transport demands linked to ministries, hospitals and social projects. The remaining 5% are dedicated to passenger transport to institutions of higher learning.
Geraldo states that the choice of VW buses considered the consolidation of the brand, the quality and robustness of its engine and the minimum needs for corrective maintenance. "The vehicles that are already in operation are very praised and have done very well," he says.