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KMB2023014 - Volvo B10TL 'Super Olympian'/Wrights Explorer
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The model - this is one of two Wrights Explorer models announced on 17th April 2024 and released two days later, on 19th April 2024. The second features AVW56 on route 69X to Tin Shui (KMB2023015). 

The bus - the Wrightbus Explorer 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."

AVW92 was first registered on 1st August 2005 and was retired on 12th July 2023.

    
 Manufacturer of model  80M Bus Model
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Volvo B10TL 'Super Olympian'
 Prototype bodywork  Wrights Explorer
 Prototype length  12 metre
 Fleet number  AVW92
 Registration number  LZ8705
 Route number  79K
 Destination  Sheung Shui
 Quantity  750
 Date released - Hong Kong  19th April 2024
 
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