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“Last Bus Standing” – Last Model Of Ikarus 489 Polaris Designed In Hungary Returned To Its Hometown

By Robert Velkey // 2017.04.24.

The Transport Museum has brought to Budapest the last model of the Ikarus 489 Polaris designed in Hungary and released from service in Britain, the museum told MTI on Friday.


The model was manufactured in 2001 in the Mátyásföld factory of the iconic Hungarian bus manufacturer in eastern Budapest and eleven of it supplied to be in service for the past 15 years in cities across Britain, the museum said. The Ikarus 489 Polaris came home from the town of Cleckheaton near Leeds and will be put on display as part of the Transport Museum’s collection of all Ikarus models once manufactured in Hungary over several decades.


 The Ikarus 489 Polaris was one of the most innovative urban autobus that times. It was the last product to export from the Hungarian Ikarus factory too.