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07241 - MCW Metrobus
China Motor Bus
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The model - the mock up of this model was first unveiled by EFE at the Showbus 2006 Bus Rally on 24th September. It's next appearance, alongside a pre-preoduction model, was at the 2007 Exhibition of History of Hong Kong Buses in August 2007. The first quantities of this model were finally released in Hong Kong on 2nd April 2008. 

The bus - the MC (Metrobus Coach) class consisted of 12 MCW Metrobus Mk 1. These vehicles were purchased new in 1978 in order to encourage the motorist to commute by bus to the Central business district in conjunction with the other bus priority schemes introduced at the time. They were the first double-deck coaches operating in the Territory.

In September 1978, 10 MCs were allocated to two new coach routes introduced between the Central district and the more affluent residential areas of Stanley and Chung Hom Kok. No standing was allowed, thus avoiding overcrowding.

These vehicles continued to serve on these two coach routes until they were relieved by single-deck air-conditioned Dennis Darts in late 1991, when they were re-allocated as buses to operate on route 13, on the mid-levels of Hong Kong Island. The MCs contributed significantly to CMB's order for the very high capacity buses, forty 11 metre two-axle MB class vehicles and eighty-four 12 metre three-axle ML class vehicles in the following years.

When CMB lost its franchise of Hong Kong Island, and cross-harbour tunnel routes in 1998, all 12 MCs, among others in the fleet, were sold to New World First Bus. In an attempt to convert the whole New World First Bus fleet to air-conditioned vehicles, the MCs were withdrawn from passenger

 
Manufacturer of model  Best Choose
 Scale  1:24
 Prototype chassis  MCW Metrobus
 Prototype bodywork   -
 Prototype length  9.7 metre
 Fleet number  MC12
 Registration number  BV 2055
 Route number  Changeable:-
 780 - 262 - 106 - 13 - 260
 Destination  Changeable:-
 Central - Chung Hom Kok - Chai Wan - Kotewall Road - Stanley
 Quantity (total)  600
 Date released  2nd April 2008

 
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The mock up shown by EFE at Showbus 2006

 
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