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Spotlight

DINA Brighter

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 21:02

Car buyers choose their vehicle’s features according to personal taste, but buyers for mass transport companies do not have this luxury. A bus must satisfy the needs of the driver and also be attractive and comfortable for passengers. Fortunately for the growing BRT segment, DINA has hit the nail on the head with its Brighter model.

The Brighter's double-carriage has 38 seats and an overall capacity of 165 passengers, including a designated area for wheelchairs next to the front entrance. All units have onboard air purifiers for the comfort of their passengers.

The vehicle’s interiors are finished with plastic and glass- fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP), while the handrail is made of stainless steel. The plywood floor is treated against humidity and covered with linoleum for the heavy use that characterize cities' public transport systems. The interiors are LED illuminated, including lights on every step and one for the operator.

The exterior sides are finished with galvanized sheet steel and GFRP on the front and the back. The bus features two left-side doors per wagon with electro-pneumatic mechanisms, plus two pantographic emergency exit doors on the right.

For performance, DINA included a Cummins ISM 10.8-liter, six-cylinder engine, offering 380hp at 1,600rpm and torque of 1,620Nm at 1,400rpm. This unit is certified according to Euro V standards, runs on diesel and has two plastic 210-liter tanks.

The chassis holds a six-speed, automatic Alisson transmission with one reverse gear and an integrated retarder. This is supported by an independent double- system, pneumatic brake system and brake disks with anti-lock braking in every wheel, offering all-round driving safety.

Its handling has electronically controlled air suspension including two airbags, two shock absorbers and a stabilizing bar. The mid ECAS suspension features four airbags and four shock absorbers just like the rear system, plus a stabilizing bar. These are coupled with a hydraulic TAS 85 TRW steering system, providing a smooth and comfortable drive. As BRT lines continue populating cities, filling a gap in the public transport market, the DINA Brighter bus offers an option that is 100 percent Made in Mexico.

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