Turkmenistan launches new buses, taxis as Ashgabat prepares to host Asian Games


ASHGABAT (TCA) — A total of 200 new Hyundai New Super Aero City buses (Korea) and 100 Toyota Corolla taxi cars (Japan) have started to run in Turkmenistan’s capital, Ashgabat, as the country prepares for hosting a major international sports event in September — the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, the State News Agency of Turkmenistan reported.

Turkmenistan has purchased a total of 840 vehicles, including 500 Hyundai New Super Aero City buses, 200 Toyota Corolla cars, 50 middle class buses of the Yutong brand, 50 Toyota Hiace minibuses, and 40 Yutong large buses.

In May, 30 Hyundai Aero City buses, decorated with the symbols of the Games — the silhouette of the Akhalteke horse and the Vepaly Alabai dog — appeared on the streets of Ashgabat.

Currently, Korean vehicles account for a significant part of the public transport fleet in Turkmenistan. Hyundai Corporation, whose vehicles meet the weather and climatic conditions of Turkmenistan, has been chosen as one of the official suppliers of vehicles for the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat.

As the Games approach, for the convenience of the guests and residents of the Turkmen capital, trade outlets located within the walking distance from the Games’ Olympic Village have switched to a round-the-clock operating mode starting from August 1.

For the convenience of visitors of the stores, ATMs will be operating for cash withdrawals and service payments for mobile phones, and information has been integrated into the ATMs in English and Russian.

Sergey Kwan