三菱Rosa Mitsubishi Rosa

繼宇通之後,澳巴再次跟姊妹公司新時代於購買新車時選擇同一型號,於二零一五年向三菱訂購五架長陣雙門版的Rosa小巴,是繼二零零四年向日野購買Liesse小型巴士後,再一次向日本車廠引進新巴士。自二零一一年新巴士營運模式實施後,澳巴雖然仍保留了若干的日野巴士(包括Liesse及Rainbow),但自那時起車隊已經是由中國的五洲龍產品所主導。隨著日野Rainbow巴士於二零一四年十二月被宇通ZK6118HGE取代後,便只餘下少量的日野Liesse行走山頂醫院線6A及作為後備車。

來到新營運模式實施大約四年,各間巴士公司需要開始採購新巴士,以符合營運模式要求,車隊平均車齡需維持於七年或以下。在購買宇通巴士同時,澳巴亦向日本三菱車廠購入五架Rosa小巴作試驗。首架澳巴Rosa新車於二零一六年三月初出現於澳巴車廠,時間上略遲於新時代的新車,不過澳巴Rosa只是用了大約三個月便完成所需出牌程序,並於七月派出服務乘客,較新時代新車用了差不多半年時才投入服務為快。

機械配搭方面,澳巴的三菱一如其他兩家巴士公司Rosa新車一樣,採用了快意製造的歐五排放引擎及三菱原廠DUONIC波箱,載客量同樣為二十個座位加十五個企位,較五洲龍小巴多載一名乘客。澳巴Rosa目前除了行走往返祐漢及媽閣的7號線外,鮮見在其他使用小型巴士的路線上服務乘客。值得一提是,7號線的前度營運商新福利,亦曾經使用長陣雙門版的Rosa行走此路線。

After the Yutong, TCM purchased the same bus model as sister company New Era in 2015 with a batch of 5 Mitsubishi Rosa, the first Japan made bus model introduced after the Hino Liesse in 2004. After the new bus operation mode started operation sine 1 Jul., 2011, though there were still some Hino Rainbow and Liesse served in TCM, the mainstream of the fleet was Wuzhoulong from Shenzhen. Only few Hino Liesse still survived in TCM after the role of the Rainbow taken over by the Yutong ZK6118HGE in Dec., 2014 and mainly serving on route 6A to and from Hospital S. Januario or as reserve fleet.

As required by the new bus operation mode, all bus operators need to renew their fleet as to maintain the average age of the fleet not more than 7 years and instead of keep acquiring new buses from Yutong, Mitsubishi Rosa was chosen for evaluation purpose and a batch of 5 was ordered. The first TCM Rosa was delivered in Mar., 2016 and a little bit later than the New Era sample, however, it only took about three months for the preparation works prior to enter service.

TCM Mitsubishi Rosa shared the same mechanical specification with Transmac and New Era fellows, a Fiat Euro 5 engine with DUONIC transmission from Mitsubishi and they can accommodate 35 passengers with 20 seatings, one more passenger carried when compared with Wuzhoulong FDG6751G. TCM only deployed the Rosa on route 7 serving between Iao Hon and Barra, and during the time operated by Transmac, also used to serve with Mitsubishi Rosa.


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