Marcopolo provided six buses to Qatar that will circulate during the 2022 Soccer World Cup, between the months of November and December. The units, of the Paradiso G8 1200 and Audace 1050 models, were produced in factories in Brazil and China and delivered to local operators. Currently, the company exports to 120 countries. In the third quarter of this year, it sent 1,321 buses to the foreign market, the volume representing a growth of 96% compared to the same period in 2021.
“This business demonstrates Marcopolo's experience and global presence. In order to better serve customers and make the business more efficient, we opted for models with different characteristics and manufactured in two countries, Brazil and China”, highlights Ângelo Oselame, Marcopolo's Foreign Market sales coordinator.
The two units of the Paradiso G8 1200 road bus were produced at the Ana Rech factory. The vehicles have chassis with different configurations, according to the specific requests of each operator. According to Oselame, one of the models has only six bed seats, a lounge for a meeting room with a TV and a sofa, a full kitchen and will be available to the organizing entity during the period of the sporting event.
The other Marcopolo buses are the Audace 1050 model. The vehicles were produced in the MAC unit (Marcopolo China) and delivered to a private operator that will transport fans invited by one of the main sponsors of the event in local transfers, between the airport, hotel and stadiums. where the games will be held
Marcopolo has a long tradition of providing buses to transport delegations and fans during FIFA football tournaments. The most significant participations were in the cups held in South Africa in 2010 and in Brazil in 2014, when the manufacturer was the main supplier of vehicles, including models for urban public transport in the host cities. Between the 2010 and 2014 editions, the company sold more than 1,000 buses.
Performance in Qatar
In Qatar, Marcopolo has an annual sales volume of between 20 and 30 vehicles. In 2022, with the resumption of face-to-face activities and the holding of one of the world's main sporting events in the country, the Brazilian company recorded sales growth in the region, with 46 vehicles sold. In addition to tourism, the consolidation of companies operating in the energy sector reflects the increase in sales of exclusive charter buses. This year, there were 40 units dedicated to energy companies looking for vehicles to transport their professionals.