三菱MK Mitsubishi MK
During 1990, as air-conditioned bus services were widely welcomed by passengers, the 24 seats minibuses cannot meet the demand. A batch of Mitsubishi MK117J midibuses with Mitsubishi bodyworks were introduced by KMB to provide a much comfortable service and to satisfy the demand.
After their commissioned, they mainly deployed on some feeder routes between residential areas like 203, 208, 238M and 284, the urban trunk route 2 also served by the Mitsubishi bus too. In some countryside routes like 64K and 299, Mitsubishi buses also can be seen. KMB then introduced more Mitsubishi buses in different batch since their good performance and deployed on different routes to serve passengers. In 1995, a batch of 15 Mitsubishi MK217Js (AM169-183) were introduced and mainly used to serve 64K and 211. These batch of buses with the air-con unit moved to the rear of the roof and have a more streamlined bodyworks. A low-floor designed (though still with a step at the entrance) MK218J classed as AM184(GP5016) was introduced at the end of 1995.
However, as Mitsubishi buses can only carry 45 passengers and air-conditioned bus service were become more and more popular, so they cannot meet the demand especially serving those Nathan Road trunk routes. In addition, their narrow compartment made passengers experience an uncomfortable journey. A lot of Mitsubishi buses were withdrawn from the urban routes and other high demand routes after the commissioned of short wheel-based Dennis Dragon air-con buses. Most Mitsubishi were serving the countryside routes like 53, 54, 73K, 77K, 78K and 79K which used to serve by the Victory MK 2, Olympian and Metrobus in recent years.
At the early years, seven Mitsubishis were equipped with luggage racks for serving Kai Tak Airport routes A7. AM72 was converted to training bus which still painted with KMB livery, but it can be easily recognized as there is no Octopus payment machine installed. In 2002, it was unfortunate for some Mitsubishi MKs had been written off from the fleet due to serious traffic accident including the low-floor demonstrator AM184.
KMB started to withdraw Mitsubishi MK midibuses from 2003. The Mitsubishi training bus AM72 was also delicensed in Jul., 2010. After the withdrawal of the last 2 MK117Js in Jun., 2011, only 15 MK217Js remained in the fleet and mainly used on 53, 77K and 276. The last Mitsubishi MK217J retired on 19, Mar., 2012 and afterwards, no more Japanese buses serving in KMB fleet.
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