MAN NATURAL GAS BUSES ON THE SOUTH KOREAN MARKET
She showcased the first natural gas-powered low-floor bus at the recent Seoul Motor Show and also revealed a double-decker for the South Korean market.
In November 2016, MAN Truck & Bus gave the go-ahead to enter the Korean market, and the first MAN bus was presented. MAN’s presentation of a CNG low-floor bus and a double-decker at this year’s Seoul Motor Show in Goyang, South Korea, formed the next significant milestone. Since then, the first of these double-deckers, which are based on the RR4 chassis, has already been handed over to customers.
Buses powered by alternative drive systems are hugely popular in South Korea due to their low emissions. This explains South Koreans’ long-standing love for natural gas as a fuel, which is also reflected in the fact that over a million trade show attendees showed interest in the CNG city bus presented by MAN. Its low-floor design and three doors to allow passengers to board and disembark more quickly represent a new concept for the country. A private bus operator was so captivated by this design that it immediately signed an agreement to purchase the first 30 MAN city buses. These are expected to be delivered at the end of 2017.