CNH Industrial N.V, which has been very active recently will mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures has announced that Iveco Bus, a global manufacturer of buses and coaches, signed an agreement on February 25, 2020 with Turkish bus manufacturer Otokar Otomotiv ve Savunma Sanayi A.Ş. The agreement calls for Otokar to locally manufacture products under the Iveco Bus brand at its facilities in Sakarya, Turkey.
This contractual partnership covers existing models in the Iveco Bus portfolio for international distribution, as well as the production of a model specifically catered for markets in Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The models will be powered by engines from sister brand FPT Industrial, the first of which are expected to be produced within 2021.
Through this agreement, Iveco Bus said it seeks to expand its manufacturing capabilities, and confirms that it is maintaining all regular activities at its existing manufacturing sites where its current and future model generations will continue to be designed and manufactured.
“We are very excited to embark on this new partnership, which paves the way for many opportunities in our businesses,” said Sylvain Blaise, head of the Global Bus Division at CNH Industrial. “Thanks to this cooperation we will be able to increase our manufacturing capabilities in order to respond to current and future market demand to support our continued growth, as well as giving us the opportunity to work jointly on future portfolio expansion.
“With close to 60 years of experience, Otokar’s well-regarded expertise in bus manufacturing and engineering, together with Iveco Bus’s service network and connected services, which are key pillars of the Iveco DNA, ensure that our customers will continue to receive industry-leading sustainable transport solutions with best in class performance, quality and total cost of ownership,” Blaise said. “Furthermore, this partnership will benefit from future powertrain technologies under development at FPT Industrial.”
“We are delighted to be introducing the production of Iveco Bus models at our Sakarya plant, in addition to Otokar-branded buses,” said Serdar Görgüç, Otokar general manager. “Utilizing our existing facilities to manufacture Iveco Bus models will enable our plant to operate even more efficiently and effectively. While we will continue to market our buses and expand globally, we consider this manufacturing and supply agreement to be a very important and strategic first step in a long-term cooperation.”