The 2022 edition of FIAA kicked off today in Madrid, five years after the previous one. The absence of local body builders (and some leading manufacturers) certainly has an impact on an event that nevertheless remains crucial for a market, such as the Spanish one, of no small importance.
And the novelties, though not numerous, were not lacking. Starting with the Crossway LE Hybrid, the true premiere of FIAA 2022, today at its world premiere. But the Kent C mild hybrid by Otokar also belongs to the ‘product news’ chapter.
The following is a sum up, without any claim to exhaustiveness, of what we saw today at the fair.
Iveco Bus and Daimler Buses at FIAA 2022
Iveco Bus and Daimler Buses participated with huge stands. Iveco Bus showed the gas-powered Streetway, two battery-electric e-Way (9.5 and 12 metres) and the aforementioned Crossway LE Hybrid, as well as the CNG-powered minibus Daily Access.
The Stuttgart-based group exhibited a trio of Setra coaches from the recently restyled range, the ever-present eCitaro (in a version with an upgraded battery capable of storing up to 490 kWh on the 12-metre), a Euro VI diesel chassis, the Class II Intouro Hybrid and a Setra S 416 LE business.
FIAA 2022: Karsan, Isuzu, Otokar
Karsan, fresh from winning the Sustainable Bus Award 2023 category Urban, could not be missing. In Madrid the complete portfolio of e-Jest, e-Atak, 10 and 18-metre battery-electric models. Two firsts: the autonomous e-Atak and the hydrogen-powered e-ATA 12 launched at the IAA in Hannover. The occasion of the FIAA was propitious to announce the launch of the direct subsidiary Karsan Spain.
Four vehicles on the Isuzu stand. A Turquoise school bus, the new 2022 Novociti Volt, a Grand Toro, the interurban Kendo CNG awarded with the Sustainable Bus Award 2022 and enjoying good success especially in France.
There is also Otokar: the 12-metre electric e-Kent C, the Navigo T in an unprecedented 9.17-metre, 39-seat version, the Territo U and the e-Centro C (already seen at Bus2Bus and at NME in Milan), which constitutes the Turkish brand’s main 2022 novelty on the electrification front. But the main novelty is the Kent C in a mild hybrid version: the technology partner is Voith.
Solaris with the 9-meter
Eminently touristic presence for VDL, at FIAA with two Futura coaches. The participation at the Madrid fair was an opportunity to present the Rentalbus service: VDL works in collaboration with the company carrying the same name of Rentalbus (in which the manufacturer holds part of the shares) in a bus rental business aimed at tourism operators. Solaris exhibited an 8.9-metre Urbino LE electric, released in 2021.
Temsa and BMC were also present, the former with a trio of Class III vehicles. Minimal presence for Ebusco, with a 2.2.