Ashok Leyland’s UK subsidiary launch, Optare MetroDecker
Ashok Leyland’s UK subsidiary, Optare has launched MetroDecker, a new double decker bus in London this week. Designed and built at its assembly facility in Leeds, MetroDecker upholds enhanced build-quality, comfort and optimal operational efficiency. MetroDecker shares a common platform with its single deck avatars and is intended to improve fuel economy and increase customer comfort.
Speaking at the occasion, Mr. G. P. Hinduja, Co-Chairman of the Hinduja Group said, “We are extremely proud that Optare is transforming itself into a truly international company, with the able support of Ashok Leyland, our group flagship that carries over 100 million people on its buses every day. In the first phase, Ashok Leyland invested heavily in upgrading Optare’s capabilities by consolidating production in an all-new manufacturing facility in Leeds. As part of the second phase, Ashok Leyland is supporting the development of a new series of products that will open more markets for Optare.”
Mr. Enrico Vassallo, Chief Executive Officer at Optare said, “The MetroDecker represents the evolution of Optare design and quality standards. We have worked hard to assess and evaluate every part of the vehicle to ensure it is as efficient as possible; consolidating parts, reducing complexity and removing duplication. And all this has been achieved with real-world fuel savings and outstanding safety and customer comfort at the top of our agenda. With clean lines, uncluttered view of destinations and route numbers, direct access to an extra-large wheelchair area, ample space for multiple buggies, the MetroDecker ensures optimal customer comfort”.
Mr. Vinod K Dasari, MD-Ashok Leyland said, “We are very happy to be a part of this new, second phase of Optare and commit our all-out support to them. MetroDecker is a completely integral bus and a critical product in this new series. I am sure customers will find great value in this product”.