Big p.s.v expansion for Hong Kong
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• To meet the rapidly increasing demand for public transport on Hong Kong island and in Kowloon, contracts have been placed for a total of 415 doubleand single-deck buses, including 235 Daimler CVG6 doubledeckers, the largest ever export order received by Daimler Transport Vehicles Ltd. Albion, Guy and Seddon buses have also been ordered.
The Daimler order, placed through Dodwell and Co. Ltd., its Hong Kong agents, is from the Kowloon Motor Bus Co. (1933) Ltd., which has also ordered 50 Albion Viking single-deckers. All the buses will be fitted with front-mounted vertical engines, as will 30 Guy Arab double-deckers ordered by the China Motor Bus Co. Ltd. for operation on Hong Kong island.
Most of the Daimlers (170) will be CVG6LX-134 high-capacity models with a wheelbase of 21ft 6in. and overall length of about 34.5ft, accommodating 117 passengers, including 91 seated. They will have front entrance and stairway bodies, with a separate central exit.
Ali the British Leyland buses ordered will be fitted with bodies by Metal Sections Ltd., assembled in the operating company's own workshops.
The Kowloon Motor Bus Co. is also purchasing 100 Seddon Pennine IV singledeckers with Seddon bodies, 11 of which are already en route. Perkins V8.510 lice engines, mounted at the front of the chassis, are being fitted to all the Seddon buses.