- A record: NEOPLAN Cityliner in Euro 6 breaks 20-litre barrier on long-distance trip
- World première: NEOPLAN Jetliner in Euro 6
- Especially light: new interiors reduce gross vehicle weights
- More safety: MAN's Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) available for NEOPLAN Starliner and Cityliner
- Economical and clean alternative: natural-gas buses from MAN
- Efficient and innovative: MAN Bus Rapid Transit Systems
- A view of the future: study shows creative draft designs
- From a single source: MAN Solutions combines services
Busworld 2013 in Kortrijk from 18 through 23 October will see MAN and NEOPLAN presenting efficient, innovative transport solutions designed precisely to meet individual customer and market requirements. The commercial vehicle manufacturer will be exhibiting its entire range of buses equipped with economical and powerful Euro 6 engines. MAN even had the exceptionally low fuel consumption of the NEOPLAN Cityliner in the Euro 6 version certified in a test run by the German Technical Board of Control (TÜV Sued). Then too, new interiors provide even more comfort and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) supplements the MAN driver assistant systems already available for the bus segment. Alternative drives continue to gain ground in local public transport, with natural gas in particular being an environmentally friendly type of fuel in this sector. MAN has over forty years' experience in developing and producing natural-gas buses and offers economical, eco-friendly and reliable bus solutions. Technological progress and innovative products have always been what distinguishes MAN. This is why MAN didn't simply research how cities will shape future mobility but in a study also shows unconventional concepts for the future of the bus.
Certified by the German TBC - economical fuel consumption even with Euro 6
All the buses exhibited at Busworld 2013 comply with the Euro 6 emission standard, which comes into force on January 1 next year. While the fuel consumption of MAN's Euro 6 city buses is on average three to five percent lower than that of their EEV counterparts, the Euro 6 versions of intercity buses and coaches from MAN and NEOPLAN also remain fuel-efficient By comparison with buses equipped with EEV engines, fuel savings of up to three percent were determined.
Just how miserly the MAN and NEOPLAN buses are was ascertained in a test of the NEOPLAN Cityliner Euro 6 version, certified by Germany's leading testing institute, the Technical Board of Control. A round course of 1,320 kilometres that can be seen as representative of a coach route was defined. Subsequent to evaluation of the data recorded during the trips, the NEOPLAN Cityliner was certified as exhibiting the extremely economical fuel consumption of around 19.8 litres per hundred kilometres - a value without parallel amongst its competitors. This means that the vehicle is not only extremely economical to operate but also extremely low in CO2 emissions. When fully utilized, the NEOPLAN Cityliner emits a mere eleven grams of CO2 per passenger-kilometre. This test run demonstrates impressively that compared with aeroplanes, trains and passenger cars, the bus is far and away the most environmentally friendly means of transport.
World première: NEOPLAN Jetliner in Euro 6
The Euro 6 version of the versatile NEOPLAN Jetliner combination bus is celebrating its world premiere 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 is presenting 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 is equipped with a wheelchair lift, which greatly simplifies boarding and alighting for mobility-challenged passengers.
Light and robust – new type of seat and seat upholstery
A new, light type of seat is now available for the MAN Lion's Regio und NEOPLAN Jetliner. Besides its new design, it boasts a number of other improvements. Its 750-mm high backrest makes the new seat type very comfortable, even for tall passengers. The height has been optimised and lowered to 465 mm for standard seats. Thanks to the thin backrest, the distance between the seats and the legroom have been increased. A robust back cover protects both the backrest and the seat cushion. The lap belt on the aisle side is now retractable. A further important feature is the low weight of the new seat type: relative to the predecessor model, this results in a weight saving of up to 15 percent for the double seat.
In addition, MAN is also presenting hard-wearing seat upholstery, available for all high-floor buses. The high-grade material in leather look withstands great stresses and strains while being easy to clean. Its water-repellent surface prevents staining; dirt can simply be washed away with water. The breathable polyurethane surface guarantees first-class seating comfort and is approximately 40 percent lighter than leather. The combination of this upholstery with the new seat type reduces the gross weight of the vehicle still further.
Emergency Brake Assist available for NEOPLAN Starliner and Cityliner
MAN's Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) can be ordered 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 on.
MAN CNG buses - an alternative that pays for itself
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. With clean, powerful engines in compliance with Euro 6 as well as a wide range of CNG complete buses, MAN offers an alternative to conventional diesel propulsion that remains significantly below the levels required by what is currently the most stringent emission standard, and that completely without filter technology or additives. Without any need for technical modifications, CNG engines and buses from MAN can also be run on treated biogas, which makes operation CO2 neutral.
An analysis of the lifecycle costs of diesel and CNG buses shows the benefits for customers who choose natural gas as their power source. Looked at over a period of ten years, an MAN Lion's City CNG saves fuel costs totalling around €150,000 by comparison with a diesel bus from the same model range. Natural gas and bio-gas are eco-friendly, economical, future-proof alternatives particularly for urban bus companies that are able to use an existing infrastructure to supply them with energy.
Efficient local public transport with innovative Bus Rapid Transit systems from MAN
The wide range of bus chassis and complete buses from MAN forms an excellent basis for any BRT system. In several Chinese cities BRT routes are serviced by buses made under licence from MAN / NEOPLAN. In Dubai and Abu Dhabi, buses from MAN / NEOPLAN transport thousands of people to their destinations every day - a fast, smooth service in part on exclusive bus lanes. In Israel's port city of Haifa, 84 futuristic BRT articulated buses based on 18.75-m MAN low-floor-type floor assemblies were successfully taken into regular service in August. At the end of this year, additional MAN BRT buses will provide state-of-the-art passenger transport on the so-called "Red Line" in Tel Aviv.
Busworld 2013 sees MAN presenting a BRT version of the Lion's City GL designed for inner-city routes with especially high passenger volumes. The 18.75-metre 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. Two extra bright, pure white LED strips in the center of the ceiling provide the vehicle's basic illumination, while two more LED strips running the entire length of the bus are able to generate defined colours. They act as backlights to ceiling elements made of translucent polycarbonate, whose entire surfaces then take on the respective hue. The LED lighting reduces the power drain of the BRT bus, meaning that less generator output is required. Headlights equipped with LED daytime driving lights and rear lights employing the same technology make additional contributions to energy saving.
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
Innovative studies in efficient local public transport
In cooperation with the Berlin Weissensee Academy of Art, MAN Truck & Truck has worked out various design concepts as a creative contribution to the advanced development of the omnibus. The results of the "Future of the Omnibus" study can be seen in innovative draft designs of vehicles for local public transport that sensibly combine ideas for the greatest possible mobility with unconventional product design. In joint discussions with bus experts from MAN, nine impressive concepts were worked out, ranging from KONVOI solutions for fleets of buses to a new driver workplace, from a draft interior design for variable, safe and fast passenger flows to compact, secure holders for bicycles and baby carriages in the passenger compartment. Intensive debate on this issue clearly showed just how much potential there is in the design of the bus as a transport mode.
In "What Cities Want", a study carried out for MAN by the Technical University of Munich, 15 metropolitan centers from around the world give accounts of how they want to develop attractive forms of urban mobility in the future. Using examples from different cities, the study demonstrates the opportunities that urbanisation offers. Even today, these cities are creating the prerequisites for efficient, accessible and ecologically sound mobility. The top priority: expansion and improvement of all aspects of local public transport. This entails primarily more routes, higher frequencies and greater reliability of service. This is how major cities are reacting to the demands of their citizens: next to travelling time, the quality of what local public transport offers is decisive in their selection of transport mode. Integrated mobility plans, combined modes of transport, ambitious environmental objectives and right-of-way for alternative drives: the study puts across several innovative solutions and provides an overview of the varied strategies for sustainable urban mobility.
In good hands - MAN Solutions and NEOPLAN VIP Card
MAN Solutions combines the services of MAN Service, MAN Support, MAN Rental and MAN Finance into integrated transport solutions precisely matched to the individual needs of each and every customer. For example, flexible financial, maintenance and repair contracts, transport companies can minimise the risk of incalculable costs for fleet management. MAN Solutions gives greater flexibility to monthly rates and straightforward adjustment of transport capacity to meet seasonal fluctuations in orders. Well-trained, motivated bus drivers are essential for the successful operation of a fleet. Qualified driver training helps to ensure that vehicles are always driven safely and efficiently, which for the company means a smaller risk of accidents and a reduction in fuel costs.
Exceptional services and special benefits in conjunction with NEOPLAN buses: customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland obtain all this with the NEOPLAN VIP Card. With the new, extended program, cardholders secure special conditions and real competitive advantages. They are granted a ten-percent discount on all MAN Genuine spare parts when the vehicle is in the workshop, as well as special rates on training and courses at the NEOPLAN Academy. In the event of breakdown, there is no commission fee for MAN Mobile24. In addition, a 25-percent reduction is granted on all merchandise in the NEOPLAN Collection. The NEOPLAN VIP Card offers further benefits at sporting, cultural and social events.