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BOMBARDIER (Ireland), company set up to supply Cc lompair Eireann, the Irish rep lic's transport company, wit range of custom-design buses, is on the brink of winn its first export order.
Negotiations were at a d cate stage this week, but ti involve the supply of 50 buse: an unnamed customer n year. The company is pursu further business in other IT kets, and a left-hand dr double-decker is being built Baghdad.
This prospect of an order I helped ease the impasse wh had built up between the IF Government and CIE, Bomt dier's only customer so far, 4 it last week gave permission CIE to go on buying five bum fortnight for the rest of this ye Consequently, the threater closure of the company's Sh non factory (CM. October 9) I been lifted. But the mina Government, which is faced vs a by-election in the constituei covering the Bombardier 1 tory, has commissioned cam tants to investigate the detai the contract between CIE and bus manufacturer.
From next year, the Bomt diers for CIE will be suppl with Cummins L10 engines Voith gearboxes, instead of now relatively expensive Det Diesel/Allison combination. Leyland Atlantean with the sa Cummins/Voith driveline completed 35,000 miles of tr in Dublin and is reputed to returning 6.8mpg.
The Detroit power unit, c pite its reputation for havini poor fuel consumption figt has in fact returned abou. mpg in the Bombardiers on D lin city services. The aven figure for all types of Atlanti (Leyland and DAF engines) CIE service is 5.3 mpg.