The 90 Volkswagen microbuses are already at work on the roads in the south of Brazil, having all been acquired for the municipalities in the region. Rio Grande do Sul has already received 43 new Volksbus 8160 ODR, while Santa Catarina has 30 of the vehicles and Paraná 17 units. The vehicles are part of an order for 500 microbuses put out to tender by the Ministry of Social Development, now the Ministry of Citizenship, which was won by VW Caminhões e Ônibus.
The bus which won the tender is the Volkswagen microbus model designed to meet the needs of the rural regions of Brazil - the Volksbus 8160 ODR, the same model that VW supplies to the Federal Government’s Caminho da Escola school bus program. Under the ministry’s contract, the buses can be acquired by local authorities throughout Brazil, including the Federal District, over a period of one year. The first 54 vehicles were delivered to Brasilia (DF) in November 2018.
The Volksbus 8160 ODR has bodywork supplied by the Neobus coachwork company and comes equipped with special wheelchair access equipment. It can transport up to 25 people and supports the care services, benefiting both the users and the multidisciplinary teams of the basic and special needs social care networks which are part of Brazil’s Universal Social Care System. The social care network is intended to identify and deliver social care services to people and families living in precarious conditions.
The models sold to support the programs were delivered to Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus dealers in the south - RF, Transrio, and Servopa - who provide post-sales sales support to the vehicles in the region, part of a network of more than 150 dealers providing post-sales services throughout Brazil.
“We are proud to supply the vehicles that help the population access its rights. We are ready and prepared to offer top quality service for these vehicles and help them deliver their mission”, says Jorge Carrer, Executive Bus Sales Manager at VW Caminhões e Ônibus.
About VW Caminhões e Ônibus
VW Caminhões e Ônibus is part of the TRATON Group and manufacturers Volkswagen and MAN commercial vehicles. The company is one of the largest producers of trucks and buses in Latin America. Since 1981, when it began operating, the company has achieved a market-leading position by respecting and satisfying the needs of its customers, the manufacturer’s constant focus. And that's exactly what it offers its customers: bespoke products and excellent after-sales service. The company is also a benchmark in the industry for its technological innovation. The company continually seeks new solutions that reduce the environmental impact of its products and operations and help preserve the environment. For more than 35 years, the manufacturer has remained committed to developing vehicles that exceed the needs of its customers - wherever they go on Brazilian, Latin American or African highways.
About the TRATON GROUP
TRATON, the new name of Volkswagen Truck & Bus, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and is a world-leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles under the MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus, and RIO brands. The TRATON GROUP sold c. 205,000 vehicles in 2017 under its various brands. The group’s product line includes light commercial vehicles, trucks and buses, which it manufactures in 31 plants in 17 countries. As of December 31, 2017, the group had c. 81,000 employees involved in manufacturing its various commercial vehicle brands. The Group’s corporate mission is to transform the transport system through its products, services, and customer partnerships.