GERMANY: The first Siemens Avenio tram was publicly unveiled in München on November 4.

In September 2012 München utility body SWM awarded Siemens a €29m contract for eight vehicles, designated Type T1 by city transport operator MVG. Following testing, the trams will enter passenger service alongside the Bombardier/Siemens Type R3.3 and Stadler Variobahn Type S fleets.

‘In spite of the extremely tight schedule we successfully managed to manufacture our Avenio in record time’, said Sandra Gott-Karlbauer, CEO of the Siemens Urban Transport Business Unit.

The 100% low-floor four-section trams are 36·85 m long and 2 300 mm wide, with a capacity of 220 passengers. Top speed is 70 km/h.