The 160 km/h locomotives will operate in push-pull mode with
double-deck coaches supplied by Bombardier. A fleet of 37 of these
vehicles has already been delivered to KM.

All of the locomotives
will be delivered in the middle of next year, and Bombardier will be
responsible for maintaining the fleet until at least 2015.

The KM
contract is notable in that the lowest bid was submitted by CSR
Zhouzhou, China, which is actively seeking its breakthrough order in
the European locomotive market. The winner was selected on a points
system based on price (70%), delivery schedule (25%) and warranty
length (5%). Siemens also submitted a bid.