Volvo Bus Latin America has concluded its largest ever deal in Colombia by selling 688 bus chassis to the country's capital, Bogotá.

The agreement includes chassis for conventional buses as well as articulated and bi-articulated buses, with the new vehicles for the third phase expansion of Transmilenio in Bogotá.

"This deal reaffirms Volvo's position as [the] main supplier of BRT [Bus Rapid Transit] solutions in Latin America, in particular as a function of the high transportation capacity of our chassis and their low operating costs", said Luis Pimenta, president of Volvo Bus Latin America.

For his part, Volvo Bus Latin America Euclides Castro noted: "Gradually removing this huge small capacity vehicle fleet reduces the number of traffic accidents and contributes significantly towards improving air quality."

In total the deal is for 688 chassis including 48 articulated and 97 bi-articulated vehicles that will operate the trunk lines of Transmilenio.

The remaining 500 chassis will be used for low-entry buses, operating conventional and feeder lines.

These are the first low floor buses to be used in Bogotá enabling access by wheelchairs to public transportation.