The production of Simaz buses has started in Ulyanovsk

The production of Simaz buses has started in Ulyanovsk

Autostat – The production of Simaz buses on Isuzu chassis has started at Simaz plant in Ulyanovsk, on 13 March. As one may remember, a trilateral memorandum of understanding was signed amongst the government of Ulyanovsk region, Isuzu Rus and Simaz on the production of buses in July 2017. The current amount of staff amounts to 132 people at the plant and there are plans to employ approximately 120 extra workers, as stated by Ulyanovsk region press office.

As told by the general director of Simaz: Andrei Lukyanov, the first prototype of the new automobile has been assembled and testing and certification processes have started in parallel with each other. The plant plans to manufacture around 250 Simaz buses by the end of the year. Urban buses in three trim levels will be the first in the series. The bus with most passenger capacity is designed for 53 people, which will be equipped with 14 seats. The second version will carry 46 passengers, 19 seated. The third version will have the most number of seats- 21, carrying 42 passengers in total. “All the three versions have been designed according to the transport companies’ requirements, who prefer to have buses with different passenger capacities on the routes. This way, the operating costs will be optimised and the profits of the transport companies will be increased” – Andrei Lukyanov said.

The body of the Simaz buses on Isuzu chassis have a high corrosion resistance and provide increased comfort for passengers. Air suspension driver seat, high ceilings and an increased distance between seats are amongst the comfort features. The hard-wearing power line assembled from Japanese units is the advantage of the new Simaz buses against their main competitors, according to the specialists in the company. The life cycle of the engine, gearbox and the driving axle is calculated as 1 million kilometres.