Above: KE25 in Expressway livery. (Shane Conway)
In 1977 CIE asked bus designer, Otto Schultz of Hamnurg Consult to design a new family of of single-deckers. It was based on Cummins engines and Voith tramsmission. He along with FFG Hamburg built the prototype KE1. They were built by Bombardier. They had Detroit engines, Rockwell axles and allison transmission.
They were built at the Bombardier/GAC factory at Shannon in the west of Ireland. The first entered service in 1981 and altogether 52 were been built. 21 were for Expressway services and 31 for tour duties. However all eventually ended up on Expressway services. All were withdrawn by the late 1990s.
Below: KE33 in CIÉ Tours livery. (Shane Conway)