Organising Committee takes delivery of Hyundai FIFA World Cup fleet
Organising Committee (OC) and FIFA Official Partner Hyundai, is providing 32 team buses and approximately 1,000 vehicles in a number of categories to fulfil official transportation requirements at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Furthermore, Hyundai has supplied the OC with two brand-new Tucson fuel-cell powered vehicles.
"We are delighted to be working with Hyundai, an experienced partner with vast resources," commented Horst R. Schmidt, OC senior vice-president responsible for transportation.
The fleet will be deployed within the 12 Host Cities and the 32 Team Base Camps to transport the 32 teams, the match officials, FIFA and OC delegates, and official visitors. Each participating association will be provided with a bus and four further vehicles (TG Grandeur, Sonata, Trajet, H1 van). Hyundai will also supply dedicated support services including a driver hotline, a 24-hour maintenance service and a special replacement part facility.
The 32 buses feature the appropriate association's national flag combined with the official FIFA World Cup livery. The liveries are thus unique and will only be used for the duration of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
"We want the players and officials to feel relaxed and comfortable when they travel. The buses will also symbolise the tournament wherever they go," observed OC vice-president Wolfgang Niersbach.
The four-star buses will be operated by a consortium of three bus companies acting as sub-contractors to Hyundai. Each team will be provided with a brand new, eco-friendly bus, featuring on-board kitchen and WC facilities, an entertainment system with a 6-DVD changer, a navigation system, and space for 44 passengers, the driver and two couriers. The seat design has been created especially for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and boasts an exclusive official emblem on the seat backs.
The OC and FIFA are looking forward to continuing their thoroughly successful partnership with Hyundai, which began with the Preliminary Draw in December 2003. Hyundai operated a 300-vehicle fleet in the five Host Cities for the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005, earning plaudits for the excellence of their service.
Note to editors: Images from a training session held at the Hockenheim race circuit for all 32 FIFA World Cup bus drivers may be ordered from Thomas.Hackbarth@ok2006.de .