海格 KLQ6108GQ28E4 Higer KLQ6108GQ28E4
編號 Class：K254 - K308，K316 - K340
Instead of the pair of Euro 5 Mitsubishi Rosa minibus joined Transmac fleet, Transmac also acquired a batch of full-sized single decker from Higer (Suzhou Kinglong) and total 55 units ordered. The model of the order is KLQ6108GQ28E4 and as the model name shown, all these new buses only comply with Euro 4 emission standard, which was still acceptable in Macau but not in Hong Kong.
It is hardly to distinguish a KLQ6108GQ28E4 from the KLQ6108GQ30 introduced in 2011 in the fleet, the most distinct differences is the registration plate. As registration tax applied on this batch of KLQ610828E4, the wording on the plate is white in colour instead of the yellow wording on KLQ6108GQ30. The standard Transmac specification was chosen on this batch of Higer, powered by a Dongfeng Cummins engine with the fully automatic transmission supplied by Voith. The roof-mounted air conditioning from Tongchuang is driven by the main engine. To provide the most convenient to the disability, all these Higer provide a wheelchair parking bay within the cabin.
The carrying capacity of Transmac was enhanced when first Higer KLQ6108GQ28E4 of the batch started to serve commuters in Jul ., 2013. At the early stage of their service, they were mainly deployed on route 25F (now known as route 51), 32 and 34. As more and more new Higer joined the fleet, routes linking Taipa and Macau like 25, 26A and 33, can be also easily to find a KLQ6108GQ28E4. To go one step further, Macau route 5 once also served by this batch of Higer along with the Dennis Dart and Higer KLQ6108GQ30. On 26 Aug., 2013, Transmac introduced a new service 37U, re-numbered as 72 since 16 Jan., 2016, to provide feeder service between The University of Macau and Taipa and the this batch of KLQ6108GQ28E4 was assigned on the route.
Transmac further acquired a batch of 9 new buses in 2014 but this time the 12m full-sized single decker KLQ6129GQE4 was chosen. However, Transmac seems not favour with 12m single decker and turned back to order KLQ6108GQ28E4 in 2016 and total 25 units were ordered. Both interior and appearance of this batch of Higer was different from the first 55 KLQ6108GQ28E4 introduced in 2013.
A new Transmac corporate livery first applied on this batch of Higer with yellow colour to be the majority with the middle part is composed of white colour. To go one step further, the new Transmac logo was first seen on this batch of KLQ6108GQ28E4 and to create a sharp image of its fleet . When they entered service in Apr., 2016, it was the visiting of the Rubber Duck (a giant floating sculptures), as to promote the event, some of the Higer carried an allover advertisement with patterns of yellow ducks based on the new Transmac livery. In addition, the rear route display on this batch of KLQ6108GQ28E4 is wide enough to show the destination of the bus and safety messages to other road users.
To provide an comfortable compartment, several new design including wood-effect floor, new style seating and USB chargers was adopted on this batch of Higer, which become the standard of Transmac new buses afterwards.
During the early days of commission, those Higer with new style of Transmac livery were mainly deployed on route MT4 after extension of it service area on 7 May, 2016 and at present, Higer KLQ6108GQ28E4 can be also seen on serving route 25X, 26A and 33.
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