MAN Nutzfahrzeuge awarded major order for 350 buses by RATP
The Parisian transport company RATP has placed a major order with MAN Camions & Bus S.A.S. for 350 city buses with a total volume of around 75 million euros. This is the biggest order so far on the French market for the importer of the MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Gruppe in France and it continues the sales successes of the past years. With this new delivery the RATP now has 760 MAN vehicles, the equivalent of 18.5 percent of its entire fleet, making MAN the Parisian company's biggest importer.
"We are proud to be the biggest bus importer in a major European city such as Paris. The new order is a big vote of confidence in MAN and confirms our continued expansion of the city bus business in France," says Rudi Kuchta, the Vice President Sales Bus of MAN Nutzfahrzeuge.
The order calls for the delivery of 350 MAN Lion's City buses in the two-door version with particularly high seating/standing room capacity for approximately 100 passengers, including one space for a wheelchair. Efficient power will be provided by vertical six-cylinder common-rail engines with the small capacity of 6.8 litres. Just like all MAN bus engines, this 250-hp unit meets the voluntary EEV standard using MAN PURE DIESEL® technology without any additives. Their modern automatic transmission with innovative, topography-dependent gear-change software makes the city buses even more economical. Fuel savings of several percentage points relative to conventional transmissions can be expected. Moreover, the RATP vehicles are convincing in terms of driver protection and safety – a driver's cabin secured against attack and comprehensive video monitoring by means of four cameras are standard.
This new major order for 350 city buses continues the success story of MAN Camions & Bus S.A.S. in Paris. As far back as the beginning of 2008 MAN received an order for 186 MAN Lion's City G articulated buses. Delivery of these vehicles will be completed in 2011. Delivery of the vehicles currently ordered will commence in 2010 and be completed in 2013.
Since 2002, MAN Camions & Bus S.A.S. has been able to increase its share of the bus market from 3.7 to 10.6 percent, which is the approximate equivalent of MAN's share of the truck market in France. In 2009 alone, a plus of 24.9 percent was achieved with the sale of around 660 registered vehicles of the MAN and NEOPLAN brands.
With this new order there are now 760 MAN vehicles in the RATP fleet, making MAN the Parisian company's biggest importer. As far back as the beginning of 2008 MAN received an order from the RATP for 186 MAN Lion's City G articulated buses. Delivery of these vehicles will be completed in 2011.
For the citybus MAN Lion's City MAN offers the Common Rail Diesel engine D20 with EEV emissions Standard without additives in power ratios from 280 to 360 bhp.