19 May 2018


Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, has recently been the theatre of the traditional bi-annual International Bus Euro Test. The best bus will receive the prestigious title 'Bus of the Year 2019' at the IAA Nutzfahrzeuge in September in Hannover (Germany).

Three city buses will be tested by 21 professional trade journalists specialized in passenger transport vehicles. These journalists are the representatives of 21 in their country leading trade journals in Europe. The participating city buses will be put to extensive tests on the Croatian roads, they are the Heuliez GX Elec full electric Bus, Irizar ie-Tram and Mercedes-Benz Citaro Light Hybrid. It promises to be a very interesting test while the contesters are state-of-the-art citybuses equipped with the latest technical innovations and solutions. The Bus Euro Test wa has pee held from 21 May to 24 May and will be officially started by the mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandic. The Bus Euro Test 2018 is generously hosted by Zagreb's public Transport company ZET.

The Heuliez GX Elec is a fully electrical bus as also the futuristic looking Irizar ie-Tram is. Third is the Mercedes-Benz Citaro Hybrid. All three buses were presented for the first time to the public at Busworld Kortrijk 2017. Busworld is from the very first beginning a generous sponsor for the Bus Euro Test. Although al of Europe is talking about electric buses, diesel and or CNG are for years to come indispensable. Every two years the International Bus and Coach of the Year Jury is organizing the Bus Euro test in the even years. In the uneven years the International Coach Euro test will be organized.

The 21 jurymembers are taking part on voluntary basis and are acting on very strict rules to maintain impartiality. The Bus Euro Test 2018 is hosted by Boštjan Paušer (jurymember for Croatia and editor of Kamion & Bus) and Goran Kekic (jurymember for Slovenia, Transport & Logistika).

The participting magazines are ÖPV Österreichischer Personenverkehr (Austria); Transporama (Belgium); Kamioni, Avtobussi (Bulgaria); Kamion & Bus (Croatia); Danske Busvorgnmand (Danmark); Auto, tekniikka ja kuljetus (Finland); Bus & Car Connexion Transports Territoires (France); Omnibusrevue (Germany); Bus & Coach Buyer (United Kingdom); Camion Truck & Bus Magazin (Hungary); Fleet Management Magazine (Ireland); Tuttotrasporti (Italy); Touringcar & Bus (Netherlands); Buss-Magasinet (Norway); Autobusy (Poland); Tranzit (Romania); Autobuses & Autocares (Spain); Res och Trafikforum (Sweden); TIR transNews (Switzerland); Transport & Logistika (Slovenia); Transport a Logistika (Czech Republic).


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