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DW10501 - Volvo B10TL 'Super Olympian'/Wright Eclipse Gemini
Kowloon Motor Bus
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The model - Announced on this site on 24th November 2003, this model from Drumwell was released in Hong Kong on 1st January 2004. It must be one of the quickest model releases to follow the introduction of the prototype vehicle. The model sold very quickly and is now difficult to get hold of.

UPDATE - In January 2005, this model was the clear winner in the Best New Casting 2004 competition.

The bus - the KMB Wrightbus is the three-axle version of the Wrights Eclipse Gemini introduced into UK bus fleets in 2002/3. It has a very distinctive appearance, and is sometimes referred to as the 'Nokia' bus, it's frontal appearance resembling a mobile phone!.

AVW1, the prototype vehicle, commenced trials with KMB in January 2003. Production examples began entering service in September 2003. The initial order was for 50 buses, but in January 2004, a repeat order, worth 6million, was placed with Ian Pearson MP, the Minister with responsibility for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, saying "This repeat order from KMB, the world’s biggest bus company, is a marvellous endorsement of Wrightbus as a designer and manufacturer of a range of superb vehicles which incorporate advanced technology for both drivers and passengers. Repeat business placed so quickly after just a few weeks of the first introduction of the vehicles by KMB on some of Hong Kong’s busiest routes is a measure of the quality of the buses and of this Northern Ireland company’s highly responsive customer services."

For photographs of the real vehicle, see the Xtra page.

 
 Manufacturer of model  Drumwell
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Volvo B10TL 'Super Olympian'
 Prototype bodywork  Wrights Eclipse Gemini
 Prototype length  12 metre
 Fleet number  AVW1
 Registration number  KY2604
 Route number  102
 Destination  Mei Foo
 Quantity  3,000
 Date released - Hong Kong  1st January 2004

 
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