Brussels (People's Daily) - Chinese bus maker Yutong has bagged three of the 10 honors at the 25th Busworld Awards in Brussels on October 18.
Busworld started its journey in 1971 in Belgium and established itself as the most recognized international exhibition in the world exclusively for the bus and coach industry. Bus and coach manufacturers, body makers, component manufacturers and accessory makers displayed their latest products and services on the international networking platform.
Busworld was being held every two years in Kortrijk of Belgium until 2017. From 2019, Busworld moved to Brussels, the capital of Belgium. In 2017, 376 exhibitors from 33 countries participated in the show, with 37,241 visitors from 118 countries.
Busworld 2019 is the biggest edition ever. 510 exhibitors from 39 countries gather in Brussels Expo, including 75 bus builders, which covers almost all the major bus and coach manufacturers in the world.
The exhibition lasts 6 days and is expected to attract about 50,000 visitors from more than 120 countries.
In the distant past, few Chinese participants could be found in the exhibition. But in the recent decades, more and more Chinese companies display their products on the platform. This year China ranks among top 3 participating countries of Busworld, with 54 companies, including Yutong, CRRC, King Long, BYD and Higer.
Ten Busworld Awards were conferred in the bus and coach category. The Yutong U12 was awarded the Bus Design label thanks to its European level design, as well as its aesthetic balance in interiors and overall external appearance.
The DESIGN COACH Award went to Yutong T13. The jury liked the exteriors and interiors. The finishing and placement of the interiors, equipment and components are precise.
YUTONG ICe12 won the ECOLOGY COACH Award. Yutong uses many recyclable materials for the interiors (less plastic, more metal). It is also the only electric vehicle in the coach category making it perform much better in terms of emissions than the other vehicles.
According to Busworld organizer, 21 buses and coaches from manufacturers across the globe were tested and examined thoroughly for a day by a professional jury panel. Yutong and by extension all Chinese manufacturers have made significant progress and meet European standards in many areas.
Yutong is the top-selling bus brand in the world. With sales of large and medium-size buses reaching 60,868 units in 2018, Yutong ranked first for nine consecutive years in the world, accounting for more than 15 per cent of global market share.
The Yutong U12 E-bus on display at Busworld in Brussels. It was awarded the Bus Design label, one of the ten Busworld Awards. (Photo:People's Daily/Ren Yan)