Busworld is the largest expo for buses and coaches in the world and this year the show is getting bigger and better and Kortrijk Xpo. The 376 exhibitors are ready to show their latest products and services. The 24th edition of the biannual professional bus and coach exhibition Busworld Europe, still in Kortrijk, will welcome 376 exhibitors coming from 36 countries. Busworld Europe even had to disappoint more than 70 companies, that wanted to exhibit, due to a lack of space. The companies that completed their registration did receive an online profile on the Busworld website in the ‘waiting list’ section as a compensation. The 376 exhibitors build their booths on 51,230 m² in Kortrijk Xpo. The temporary pavilions (halls 8, 9 and Entrance North) are now even covering the pond that used to be right outside the pavilions. Visitors will now literally walk on water when entering Busworld via Entrance North. A lot of world premieres will be presented during the show. Vehicle manufacturers and body builders are launching their newest coaches and buses in all sizes. Also the suppliers are bringing their innovations. Altogether, 311 vehicles will be presented, 231 inside the exhibition halls and 80 outside.
The side events programme will be busier than ever, with the ‘IRU & Busworld Academy International Coach Conference’, the ‘India Day’, the ‘Hungarian VIP event about the Hungarian automotive sector’ and the ‘UITP – Busworld International Bus Conference’. This edition’s keynote speaker at the Opening Ceremony on 19 October is Peter Hinssen. He will touch the subject of the “Day After Tomorrow ” regarding the influence of technology on the bus and coach industry. He is one of the most sought-after thought leaders on radical innovation, leadership and the impact of all things digital on society and business. He lectures at various business schools such as London Business School (UK) and MIT in Boston. His grandfather was a coach operator in Belgium and today this business is still run very successfully by Peter’s uncle and niece. The combination of Peter’s technological expertise and the direct link with the bus and coach industry will result, without any doubt, in a not to be missed keynote presentation.
At the Busworld Awards Night, three different juries will announce their winning vehicles, the new ‘Sustainable Bus Awards 2018’, the renowned ‘Coach of the Year 2018’ and Busworld’s own ‘Busworld Awards’, formerly known as the ECW awards. For this last edition in Kortrijk, the teams of Busworld Europe and Kortrijk Xpo will make an extra special effort to organise a show that will be unforgettable. Busworld is a place where doing good business blends in with having a lot of pleasure, here in Kortrijk and from 2019 onwards in Brussels too. That is a promise.
Busworld Awards gets a record number of participating vehicles
For its final edition in Kortrijk, Busworld Europe can count on a record number of participating vehicles for its Busworld Awards competition: no less than twenty-one in total.All twenty-one vehicles will be tested both on the premises of Kortrijk Xpo as well as on the surrounding public roads in Kortrijk on Saturday 14 October 2017.
Category Coach: Nine manufacturers are participating with twelve vehicles: Anadolu Isuzu with Turquoise, Daimler Buses with Mercedes-Benz Tourismo, Integralia with IN-vip and One, MAN Truck & Bus with Lion’s Coach, Otokar with a new undisclosed vehicle, Temsa with LD13 and Maraton 12, Van Hool with EX16, VDL Bus & Coach with Futura and Yutong with T12 and ICe 12, the last one being an electric coach.
Category Bus: Eight manufacturers are participating with nine vehicles: Alstom with Aptis, Anadolu Isuzu with Citiport and Visigo, BMC with Neocity, Daimler Buses with Mercedes-Benz Citaro, Ebusco with High Voltage 2.1, Iveco Bus with Crealis, VDL Bus & Coach with Citea Electric and Yutong with E12.
The Jury, existing out of nine specialised jury groups, is in full preparation and eager to start. The different groups are called Driving Test Coach, Driving Test Bus, Driver Comfort, Passenger Comfort, Guide Comfort (for coach only), Ecology and Maintenance, Emissions, Safety and last but not least Design. Each group consists of one president and one or more members, depending on the need of that specific specialism. In total thirty jury members will work an entire day to evaluate all the vehicles, giving their evaluation on 180 different aspects and features.
The Busworld Awards consist of two overall prizes for the vehicles: the Grand Award Coach and the Grand Award Bus. On top of these Grand Awards, vehicles can also earn a Label when they excel at one of the following fields: Ecology, Safety, Comfort or Design. The winners of 2017 will be announced during the newly installed Awards Night on the evening of Thursday 19 October 2017 in Kortrijk Xpo.
Team CV News will be there at the show and will be updating all the happenings from the show live.