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 reflected 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 attracting 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:
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 architecture 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 combination 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 comprehensive 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 assistant 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 emergency-braking assistant, severe rear-end collisions can be prevented or mitigated.
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 braking assistant well before the legislative provisions, which will prescribe such a system for all newly registered vehicles from November 2015.