January 7, 2021. Anadolu Isuzu delivered the first six of its new 13-meter Kendo compressed natural gas (CNG) buses. During a special ceremony attended by the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, the units were awarded to the REK Bitola thermal power plant in the city of the same name.
The order for these six vehicles was signed in February 2020. Last year, Anadolu Isuzu successfully exported buses to North Macedonia by delivering three Citiport units to TAV airport in Skopje and four Isuzu Citiport with CNG engine to the municipality of Prilep.
The Isuzu Kendo CNG is 13 meters long and is intended for regular long-distance and suburban transport, as well as for the transfer of workers, students and local transport. Kendo is the first Anadolu Isuzu bus in this segment, and has been developed and manufactured in accordance with European quality standards, as stated in a press release. It is one of the first models with a new design look to feature a black front end with split headlights and dynamic turn signals and LED daytime running lights.
Also, the driver has a modern digital instrument panel. While the standard Kendo CNG has a maximum capacity of 63 seated passengers, here the capacity remains somewhat reduced due to the middle part that has space for standing and wheelchair users with the use of folding seats. The Kendo CNG has 7.5 cubic meters of luggage space, a 9-liter Cummins CNG engine that produces 320 hp and meets Euro 6D standards. It is paired with a ZF EcoLife 6 AP 1400 automatic transmission and has intelligent safety systems made by Anadolu Isuzu, including monitoring of driver behavior, vehicle traffic and self-diagnostics.