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Malta Public Transport upgrades fleet to Allison-equipped Otokar Vectio C buses

Antonio Bautista, director at Somauto, the Otokar dealer for Spain standing beside bus.

MADRID – Malta Public Transport (MPT) purchased 143 Otokar Vectio C buses equipped with Allison fully automatic transmissions to navigate the narrow, hilly streets on the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo. Over the past year, MPT has upgraded and increased its fleet as part of a strategy to improve passenger service.

MPT’s newest arrivals include 143 Otokar Vectio C 9.6-meter buses, each with a Euro 6-compliant Cummins 250 hp engine and an Allison T 280 Torqmatic® transmission. These vehicles have the capacity to carry up to 62 passengers and feature a single deck design to facilitate access for those with reduced mobility.

Enhanced comfort and reduced operating costs

MPT, owned by Spanish company Autobuses de León (Alesa), must contend with the difficult terrain and heavy traffic on Maltese streets while it continues to hold the transport service concession – at least for the next 14 years. To overcome urban transport challenges, MPT has chosen the Allison-equipped buses to help maintain accurate schedules and provide passengers with the most comfortable ride. Performance and durability are key factors in this mission, making an Allison transmission the best choice.

“Automatic transmissions enhance driving comfort in urban environments, where there are continuous stops and gear shifts. Eliminating the need to pay attention to gear shifts increases safety and reliability, while optimizing operating costs due to automatically enabled shift schedules,” said David Bermejo, maintenance director at MPT. “Moreover, ongoing transmission interaction and communication with the engine’s electronic controls optimize the use of engine torque.”

Antonio Bautista is director at Somauto, the Otokar dealer for Spain and intermediary between the Turkish brand and the Spanish operator for the purchase of these vehicles.

“This is a totally new bus that has not been sold in Spain previously,” he said. “It is custom-built for the client, based on the European version of the Vectio C, and adapted to be longer with a self-supporting chassis. As an easy-handling vehicle with a width of 2.35 meters, it is very well-suited to downtown driving.”

Otokar Vectio C Technical Specifications


9.6 x 2.35 m

Maximum capacity

62 + PRM


Cummins ISB6 Euro 6


187 Kw (250 CV) 2100 rpm


Allison T 280 fully automatic transmission with retarder

Apr 14, 2016

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