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Bombardier to Supply Further TWINDEXX Vario Double-deck Trains

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* 12 new double-deck electric multiple units for Deutsche Bahn AG

  * Contract valued at approximately 113 million euro

  * Greater comfort and quality for the Main-Spessart region of Germany
BERLIN, GERMANY--(Marketwired - April 2, 2013) - Rail technology leader
Bombardier Transportation will deliver 12 BOMBARDIER TWINDEXX Vario trains for
commuter services to Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG), which won a Europe-wide tender to
operate passenger services in the Main-Spessart region. The order placed at the
end of March 2013 is valued at approximately 113 million euro ($ 145 million US)
and is part of a framework agreement signed in December 2008. Under the
agreement, DB AG has already ordered 290 variable double-deck coaches for long-
distance and regional routes.

The 12 new TWINDEXX Vario double-deck trains 
each consist of two motor cars and two intermediate coaches. Their wide kinematic profile and lightweight steel construction provide a spacious interior and generous headroom along the upper deck windows. With a top speed of 160 km/h, the trains will operate between the towns of Bamberg, Wurzburg, Aschaffenburg and Frankfurt. Delivery of the trains will begin in the second half of 2015. The coaches provide low-floor entrances and multi-purpose areas on the lower deck with plenty of room to transport bicycles or luggage. Each train has an intermediate coach with a dedicated area for passengers with reduced mobility and a special needs toilet. The upper deck of this coach houses the first class section, with a comfortable 2+1 seating layout and numerous extras such as reading lamps and power outlets. The second class features comfortable seats, tables, adjustable armrests, power outlets and a children's corner. The motor cars and the other intermediate coaches are all equipped with a standard toilet. Low-floor entry allows passengers to board and disembark easily even on routes with different platform heights, serving platforms between 380 mm and 760 mm in height. "Travelling in the new TWINDEXX Vario double-deck trains from Bombardier is particularly pleasant thanks to their spacious headroom, comfortable seating and large windows that fill the interior with light and offer passengers splendid views," said Dr. Roman Muller, Vice President Sales Germany, Bombardier Transportation. "Our variable trains enable operators to meet fully the needs of modern rail transportation by combining high passenger capacity with enhanced flexibility. Continuous development of proven solutions is the secret behind the success of these popular double-deck trains manufactured in Gorlitz. The trains are always state-of-the-art and remain as reliable as ever." A high proportion of multi-purpose areas distributed along the entire length of the train provide space for up to 48 bicycles. Greater space between seats offering more legroom, a large number of tables, power outlets even in second class, a toilet in each carriage, large windows and high-quality First class seating with real leather seats, carpet and reading lights ensure a comfortable journey. Light, friendly interiors, transparent glass partitions and video surveillance increase passengers' sense of security. The motor cars are equipped with the reliable, energy efficient BOMBARDIER MITRAC 1000 drive and control system. With four drive motors per power car, a four-car TWINDEXX Vario train is driven via 50% of its axles, which among other things enables rapid acceleration, even in poor weather. TWINDEXX Vario trainsets can be coupled together to double passenger capacity on busy routes. The trains' length can be adjusted easily by inserting or removing an intermediate coach, demonstrating a high level of flexibility and the advantages of the variable single-car concept. Bombardier builds its double-deck trains at its Gorlitz plant in Germany. Its site in Hennigsdorf, Germany, is involved in a wide range of research and development activities. The bogies are manufactured in Siegen, Germany, and the drive engines are manufactured in Vasteras, Sweden. Bombardier has delivered almost 2,000 modern double-deck cars to Deutsche Bahn since 1992. About Bombardier Transportation Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies - built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology - conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance for operators and passengers. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide. About Bombardier Bombardier is the world's only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation. Bombardier is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, we posted revenues of $16.8 billion. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier. Note to Editors For news releases, related material and photos, visit our media centre at Follow Bombardier Transportation on Twitter @BombardierRail. BOMBARDIER, TWINDEXX, MITRAC and ECO4 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries. FOR INFORMATION Australia and New Zealand: +61 3 9794 2223 John Ince, Canada: +1 450 441 3007 Marc Laforge, China: +86 10 8517 2268 Flora Long, France, Benelux and North Africa: +33 6 07 78 95 38 Anne Froger, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Central and Eastern Europe: +49 30 98607 1134 Immo von Fallois, India: +91 7 838 660 093 Harsh Mehta, Mexico: +52 55 5093 7714 Paulina Ortega, Nordic and Baltic Countries: +46 10 852 5213 Par Isaksson, South East Asia: +65 6478 6235 Evon Lam, Southern Africa, Turkey and Israel: +49 30 98607 1147 Sandy Roth, Southern Europe and South America: +35 1 919 693 728 Luis Ramos, UK and Middle East: +44 7785 450 065 Stephen Bethel, USA: +1 450 441 3007 Maryanne Roberts, Contacts: Bombardier Transportation This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients. 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