MAN Truck and Bus presented a wide array of efficient, innovative transport solutions designed precisely to meet individual customer and market re-quirements at Busworld 2013 in Kortrijk, Belgium which concluded recently.
At Busworld 2013, MAN exhibited its entire range of buses equipped with economical CNG engines and and powerful Euro 6 engines with the high-lights being the world premiere of the Euro 6 version of the versatile NEOPLAN Jetliner combination bus and the introduction of a BRT version of the Lion’s City GL bus.
According to David van Graan, Head of the MAN Center Middle East and Vice President Sales & Marketing, “Technological progress and innovative products have always been what distinguishes MAN and this is clearly re-flected in the products exhibited at Busworld 2013. With our insights into transportation requirements and our wide product portfolio, MAN offers a compelling array of buses to meet customer needs across the globe along with eco-friendly alternatives like CNG buses which are increasingly attract-ing attention and interest in the Middle East.”
Long experience in CNG drives and a wide range of products
MAN displayed its range of CNG buses at Busworld 2013 with the Lion’s City CNG being a prime example, which has proven its efficiency already in the Middle East. MAN has more than 40 years’ experience with natural-gas buses and has since the year 2000 delivered over 7,500 natural-gas buses, bus chassis with natural-gas engines and individual natural-gas engines. There are currently two series of engines (E08 and E28) available for bus and bus-chassis applications in five output classes from 220 hp to 310 hp.
MAN also has an offering for complete buses, with no compromises: natural-gas-powered drives can be ordered as alternatives for just about every model in the MAN Lion’s City range, from the 12-metre long solo bus to the 18.75-metre long articulated bus. Moreover, the MAN Lion’s City CNG is also available in a version for hot countries. Special applications, for example a pre-separator for the air-intake system, ensure reliable operation in very dusty regions where temperatures are high. Easy to build on city-bus chassis from MAN with natural-gas engines round off the comprehensive portfolio.
Efficient local public transport with innovative Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems from MAN
At Busworld 2013, MAN also introduced a BRT version of the Lion’s City GL designed for inner-city routes with especially high passenger volumes. Bus rapid transit is the name given to sophisticated bus systems that have their own lanes on city streets, which ensure faster travel so that buses are never delayed due to mixed traffic congestion.
The 18.75-metre Lion City GL is an articulated bus has five doors in double the normal width – one door more than the standard articulated bus. This ensures that even with a high passenger volume, the flow of passengers is optimal and the stops are very short. In addition, the interior seating architec-ture has been conceptualised for short distances and time-saving boarding and alighting. Passenger flow has been further optimised by equipping the vehicle with a total of nine ticket-validating machines, which are also capable of scanning electronic tickets purchased by smartphone. Moreover, the BRT vehicle offers its passengers a free WiFi hotspot for Internet access.
Its interior is compelling, with top-quality materials and innovative lighting: four light strips with more than 1,500 LEDs (energy-saving light-emitting diodes) illuminate the compartment, giving it a friendly, evenly-lit look. Propulsion is provided by an MAN E2876 CNG engine in Euro 6, for operation with either natural or bio-gas. Four-speed automatic transmission, SensoTop control and integrated retarder ensure especially eco-friendly urban local public transport. With a volume of 2050 litres, the CNG tanks on the vehicle roof enable a long operating range.
World première: NEOPLAN Jetliner in Euro 6
MAN unveiled the Euro 6 version of the versatile NEOPLAN Jetliner combi-nation bus at Busworld 2013. The Jetliner offers the comfort of a genuine coach, with large luggage compartment volume, excellent driving properties and high-end materials options for the interior. Its floor height of 1,070 millimetres is the basis of its use as “double earner”. It allows maximum flexibility for the choice of seating, offers up to 8 m³ luggage compartment volume, and has the perfect access height for use in regular-service operation. The high standards set for the vehicle’s interior design are met by a large selection of high-quality fabrics for the seats and coverings. A com-prehensive standard safety package guarantees outstanding driving safety round the clock.
At Busworld 2013, MAN presented the NEOPLAN Jetliner with a 360-hp six-cylinder D20 engine complying with Euro 6 plus twelve-speed MAN TipMatic Coach automated transmission. In addition, the exhibit at the fair was equipped with a wheelchair lift, which greatly simplifies boarding and alighting for mobility-challenged passengers.
Emergency Brake Assist available for NEOPLAN Starliner and Cityliner
At Busworld 2013, MAN also announced the availability of its Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) system for the NEOPLAN Starliner and Cityliner, where it supplements the MAN braking assistant systems already available in the following manner: MAN BrakeMatic co-ordinates the deployment of the ABS and ASR service and continuous braking systems. The MAN braking assis-tant recognises emergency braking initiated by the driver him/herself and activates maximum braking power when required. If the driver fails to react, EBA independently initiates emergency braking. With the help of the emer-gency-braking assistant, severe rear-end collisions can be prevented or miti-gated.
The radar sensor, which detects moving and stationary objects ahead in the lane in which the vehicle is travelling, is located in the middle of the chromed panel above the number plate.
In this system, MAN is offering its customers an automatic emergency brak-ing assistant well before the legislative provisions, which will prescribe such a system for all newly registered vehicles from November 2015.
MAN Truck & Bus in Middle East
Since 2006, MAN Truck & Bus Middle East has been the regional representative of MAN Truck & Bus AG which is headquartered in Munich, Germany and the largest company of MAN Group. It is a leading provider of commercial vehicles and buses that are renowned for their robustness, reliability and adherence to high standards of driver and passenger comfort and safety.
MAN Truck & Bus Middle East operates through an extensive network of private capital dealers and importers in 14 countries namely Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The local coordination office is located in the UAE, Dubai Airport Free Zone and guarantees for efficient sales and after sales support in the Middle Eastern region.
Accommodating for the demanding operating conditions in the Middle East, MAN Truck & Bus Middle East provides full-fledged turn-key solutions for both goods and passenger transportation by road through its light (TGL), medium (TGM) and heavy-duty (TGS WW) ranges of trucks, and MAN and NEOPLAN buses that provide basic to VIP luxury transport and travel requirements.
The Transport Efficiency Program from MAN Truck & Bus
The amount of transport and traffic on roads is rising worldwide. At the same time, the long-term dwindling of energy resources is making transport increasingly more expensive. As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of buses and trucks, MAN Truck & Bus makes an important contribution to the continued improvement of transport efficiency. MAN offers a comprehensive efficiency program to reduce your total costs of ownership. Transport efficiency, consolidated in the fields of technology, service, the driver and future expertise protects the environment and is added value for our customers.