WATCH: The first of Montreal's sleek new metro cars arrive

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    Courtesy for Rey Mena

      The first of Montreal's new metro cars — dubbed Azur after the STM held a name-that-train contest — was rolled out to the public at a morning news conference.

      Bombardier-Alstom delivered the first of the cars this morning, and will deliver a total of 468 cars by the end of 2018 to fulfill its $1.2 billion contract.

      The new cars will be tested over the next few months during the overnight hours, and are expected to receive passengers as early as the end of this year.

      Mayor Denis Coderre was on hand for the unveiling, along with Quebec's transport minister Robert Poeti and STM chair Philippe Schnobb.

      "Montreal is back," the mayor said. "I think we have to be proud again, like we were proud in the metro when it got started."

      The new cars will replace the cars that have been running in the metro system when it first opened in 1966.

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