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The new Solaris Urbino had its world premiere during IAA Commercial Vehicles exhibition in Hannover in September 2014. It is a completely new engineering design. Despite being lighter, it is more robust. There is a host of newly developed features that improve all characteristics of the bus, while reliable, tried and tested components of its predecessor have been maintained. The new bodyframe design provides the same robust rigidity – made from the same noncorrosive materials as before – while being significantly lighter in weight. The new concept of placing and shaping horizontal profiles also reduces the vehicle weight. The lower empty weight of the new bus is expected to lower fuel consumption which will be most important for operators. In the new Solaris Urbino, many technical solutions have been implemented. Redesigned stronger connections between vertical and horizontal steel profiles have been used. The flooring uses a combination of stainless steel sheets and plywood. The former is an integral part of the chassis and reinforces the bodyframe, while also providing strong protection against inclement weather. The bodyframe was also prepared for the placement of compressed air tanks at the front of the bus. The interior will be free of vibrations, while the bus is quieter than its predecessors. At a noise level of 74.8 dBA it remains well below international standards (including the European limit of 80 dBA and the more stringent 77 dBA level in Germany). Skin-on-skin assembly ensures efficient production flows as well as highly distinguished aesthetics. Service accessibility is improved with screwed body panelling, allowing quick replacement and repair in case of damage. Hatches now open to 170°, 40° more than until now, to facilitate easy access to components. With the new family of buses, the exterior aspect of low¬-floor and low-entry buses is unified. The new Solaris Urbino therefore will be an integral part of a recognizable range of public transport vehicles. Solaris fleet operators will value the ability to specify identical components and the need to stock fewer different spare parts, thanks to advanced commonality across the range. This will significantly lower maintenance costs. Axle loads are better distributed by shifting some of the weight from the drive axle to the front of the bus, including a centralized assembly of all compressed air tanks at the front. The changes deliver a higher passenger carrying capacity, better drive dynamics and improved servicing. Improved insulation will lower operating costs and raise comfort levels. High standards of comfort for passengers are not only achieved through a larger pedestal-free floor area, but also thanks to wider and higher doors which improve passenger flows. Their standard width of 1230 mm may optionally be increased to 1250 mm. Depending on chosen type of doors, their height can range from 1970 mm to 2000 mm. Passengers will also enjoy the bright interior as well as energy-efficient LED lighting inside the bus. Drivers will find an ergonomic cab, with the seat higher than previously. Along with the panoramic windscreen, excellent visibility is offered. Thanks to the higher seating position, drivers will also enjoy improved interaction with passengers. Brilliant visibility is additionally ensured by the windscreen, which is much bigger in comparison to previous Urbinos. The new Solaris buses are equipped with LED technology for interior lighting. Energy-efficient LED lighting is available in exterior lamps as well. There is an option to install halogen or xenon lighting there. Handling of the new Solaris Urbino is made easy by a new, progressive suspension as well as a lower centre of gravity, for which the overall height of the bus has been reduced by 50 mm while maintaining the same interior height as before. The new Solaris Urbino has been designed not just for the use of small and large Euro 6 diesel engines. Gas-fuelled engines, diesel-electric hybrids and electric drives have all been considered from the start. It will be also available as a trolleybus, the Trollino. Last but not least – a unified, expressive design. The new visual design is expressive of the step change in technology. The rounded lines of the previous models are superseded by a sharper, more dynamic styling. Panels along the roof line screen roof-mounted components to deliver a continuous and harmonious appearance. The futuristic lines of the body are an expression of Solaris’s forward-looking approach and will be sure to draw the attention of passengers and passers-by.