Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus won the tender for delivery of 500 micro-buses to the Brazilian Ministry of Social Development. The vehicles may be purchased by city halls throughout the country, in addition to the Federal District, within one year. The first 54 units of the lot were delivered in Brasilia last November 6.
The vehicle available for purchase at the bidding is the Volkswagen micro-bus configured to serve the rural regions of Brazil, the Volksbus 8,160 ODR, the same as the federal program Caminho da Escola. The model has Neobus body, offers accessibility via DPM (Mobile Armchair Device) and has the capacity to carry 25 people.
The acquisition of vehicles by the Ministry has the purpose of enabling the implementation of social assistance actions, benefiting users and multidisciplinary teams referenced to the basic and special social protection network members of the Unified Social Assistance System (SUAS). The objective of this social assistance network is to identify and direct programs and benefits to people and families in situations of vulnerability.
"Developing and providing vehicles that allow people access to their rights and a more dignified life is rewarding. And this year is quite special, as we have won two tenders in this direction, this one of MDS, which is unprecedented, and that of the Caminho da Escola (School Path) program", comments Roberto Cortes, president and CEO of VW Caminhões e Ônibus.
The TRATON brand is a provider of the Caminho da Escola program since its creation in 2007. And there are many milestones to commemorate this journey: more than 16 thousand Volksbus carry more than 3.5 million children in the most remote places of Brazil, serving about 5,000 municipalities. This year, it won the bid to deliver another 3,400 buses to city halls across the country. The company has the largest fleet of the program, thanks to the specially developed portfolio, which combines attributes such as low operational cost and robustness to measure.
Among the attributes required to overcome the toughest trajectories are higher and reinforced suspension, mixed-use tires, front axle with forged beam, shorter front axle, rear differential lock, larger cornering and exit, upholstered and easy-to-clean seats , anti-smash mechanisms on the door and even mobile armchair device (DPM) that ensures accessibility for students with reduced mobility.