Allison Transmission enters the Bolivian bus market
Santa Cruz de La Sierra, Bolivia – Allison Transmission recently entered the Bolivian bus market in Santa Cruz de la Sierra with the first urban buses equipped with Allison fully automatic transmissions. Recognized worldwide for reliability and durability, Allison hopes to help improve the city’s public transportation efficiency.
Alberto Arteaga Algarañaz, president of the bus company covering the ‘First Ring’ lines in Santa Cruz, acquired Urban W9 Volares from renowned Brazilian bus manufacturer Marcopolo SA. The new vehicles offer passengers a comfortable, modern means of transport that improves service.
“Allison Transmission is a very important part of this initiative, which aims to improve the urban transport system in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, providing advantages in terms of safety, environmental protection and quality of service. We are totally committed to this project," said Adrian Di Nunzio, South America Southern Cone account manager for Allison Transmission.
Accommodating 60 passengers (28 seated), the buses are larger than those currently in circulation. The buses provide passenger convenience featuring a disability lift, air conditioning, Wi-Fi and security cameras, as well as an auxiliary fare collection.
The new Allison equipped W9 and WFLY buses require minimal maintenance, which means less downtime and lower maintenance costs. Allison Automatics use a torque converter instead of a dry clutch, so the constant repairs and replacements of manual clutches are unnecessary. Offering a perfect combination of fuel economy and efficiency, Allison Automatics deliver progressive, full-power shifts for better performance and higher productivity, resulting in greater profitability.
“We chose the name Chuturubí for the micro-buses because it's the name of a large, aggressive wasp in the region. As entrepreneurs we are changing to larger vehicles with the most economic costs to remain competitive. We want to be part of our city’s progress and offer the best service to the public,” said Arteaga.