Gorky Automobile Plant has started production of GAZelle City, a new low-entry van bus designed for city routes and corporate customers. The new bus is a big step towards creating a road infrastructure for people with restricted mobility, and all passenger categories can enjoy bus rides with great comfort.
The bus design is based on solutions delivering comfort for people with restricted mobility. This low-entry bus comes with a large central floor area for wheelchairs, buggies and strollers, and a wide double electric door.
It is packed with an air suspension with a kneeling function to lower the bus at stops and let wheelchair and elderly passengers, people with buggies and strollers, heavy luggage, bikes and scooters easily get onto and from the bus. There is also a mechanical ramp for wheelchairs and buggies.
The bus can carry up to 22 passengers for 17 seated passengers (including 3 slip-up seats) and 5 standees. There are comfortable vandal-proof seats, heat-absorbing glass windows and easy-to-clean upholstery. The list of available options includes an electronic passenger information system (information board, route display, voice information system with two speakers, voice amplifier with microphone), an additional heater and a locking rear axle differential.
There is a partition wall behind the driver’s seat. However the driver can easily monitor passenger entry and exit process.
Leonid Dolgov, Global Business Development Director, GAZ:
- Buses made by GAZ have an 80% share of the Russian market, they run on different types of roads in various climatic conditions. Our buses are durable and reliable, offering great safety and comfort, and we have a really wide lineup. The new GAZelle City is mix of a quick and compact van bus and a low-entry comfortable city bus. The new bus went on sale last May in Russia and now we are working to make it available in our export markets in 2020.
The new bus is compact (6600 mm long and 2510 mm wide) which is good for narrow city roads and heavy traffic. Minimum turn radius is 7.2 meters only.
The design features of GAZelle City include a unique reinforced frame with a recessed central part, a rear axle with a higher load-bearing capacity and a highly efficient brake system with disc brakes on all wheels. The bus body is built on a strong steel pipe frame with aluminum composite and fiberglass panels. The air suspension delivers better driving performance, and a smooth ride and helps reduce vehicle body roll at turns.
It stylish and elegant front-end design (hood and bumper elements) make it eye-catching and easily recognizable. The new LED lights with higher luminous efficiency give much more light at night, and on rainy and foggy days.