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MB101(a) - Dennis Dragon/Duple Metsec
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The model - although mentioned as long ago as August 2000, this model was not released in Hong Kong until 15th February 2001. The model includes seated passengers, and as it carries the all-over decals of China Paint's "Flower" brand, it comes complete with a paint tin!!!

It is rumoured that there may be a second version, featuring Fleet No. 838, with a destination of "Not in service", with a quantity of 500.

Well on 20th May 2001, the rumour was confirmed, albeit with this second release featuring Fleet No. 833, on Route No 170 to Wah Fu.

The bus - Citybus have 80 12-metre air-conditioned Dennis Dragons, the first batch of 30 being delivered in early 1995. These buses were unusual in as much as, whilst their Duple Metsec bodies were supplied in kit form, as are a large number of Hong Kong buses, they were actually assembled in Portugal! They also feature an Alexander-style fronts, making them easily identifiable as Citybus vehicles.

Fleet number 855 is one of the second batch of 30, introduced in late 1995/early 1996. This batch were the first to have the reduced 2 + 2 seating arrangement (previously all were 3 + 2), giving increased passenger comfort, another innovation from Citybus. This model carries China Paint "Flower" brand livery, as applied to the original vehicle.

 
 Manufacturer of model  Model Bus Evolution
 Prototype chassis  Dennis Dragon
 Prototype bodywork  Duple Metsec
 Prototype length  12 metre
 Fleet number  855
 Registration number  GR 2793
 Route number  182
 Destination  City One Shatin
 Commissioned by  China Paint
 Quantity  1,000
 Date released - Hong Kong  15th February 2001

 
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