December 14, 2011

Ganz-Škoda wins Miskolc LRV tender

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A JOINT venture of Ganz, Hungary, and Škoda Transportation has been selected as preferred supplier for a contract to supply 31 low-floor LRVs to Miskolc in a deal worth around $US 104m, which includes an option for a further 10 vehicles worth $US 9.17m.

The vehicles will be based on Skoda's ForCity design, and deliveries will begin within two years of the signing of the contract, which is expected to take place in January.

The tendering for new LRVs in Miskolc has been a protracted process, and this is the fourth time bids have been invited.

In May 2010, inconsistencies were found in AnsaldoBreda's winning bid, which was subsequently annulled by the Hungarian public tendering body (KDb).

A further call for tenders in Autumn 2010 was cancelled by the KDb before a winner could be announced after CAF disputed the method used to calculate the percentage of low-floor required. According to local media reports, CAF has also appealed the latest decision.

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