- the second version of the KMB Wrights Eclipse Gemini was released in
Hong Kong on 1st May 2004. Thanks to Jotus
Model Depot I am able to to provide the photographs below which show
the differences between the first and second versions of this model.
The bus -
Production examples of the this bus 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."