19 Oct 2019

Coach of the Year 2020: MAN Lion's Coach C

During the Busworld Award Gala Evening at Brussels Expo, the Coach of the Year 2020 award was given to Rudi Kuchta and Jan Aichinger of MAN Bus by Tom Terjesen, president of the International Coach and Bus of the Year Jury.

The jury consists of professional journalists from 22 countries. The Lion's Coach has undergone a considerable evolution during its existence. The current generation is equipped with a Euro 6d D2676 470 hp version of the 13 litre engine and a Tipmatic robotic gearbox.

During the test drives, the jury noticed how silent the coach is throughout the interior: little or no noise, the tire noise is nicely damped and the engine is barely audible, even in the back. It is equipped with the new 8-ton front axle with independent suspension with ECAS-air springs. The rear axle has a load capacity of 12,600 kg. This is ample, especially for equipment like this test vehicle with 48 seats and a wheelchair lift. The lift is mounted above the front axle.   

Under the name 'Symplifying Business', MAN is now promoting this generation as ideal for all kinds of purposes. It also translates into a price of 280,000 euros for this test vehicle, including 8,000 euros for the camera system replacing the mirrors. This splendid MAN system is equipped with MAN EfficientCruise with EfficientRoll as well as Automatic traffic sign recognition. The jury agreed unanimously that this coach is very comfortable. It drives so quietly that the use of a laptop or simply taking notes with a pen and paper doesn't pose a problem. Not even on the sometimes bumpy roads in beautiful Romania. Because that's where the Coach Euro Test was held this time. In four days, a 4,000 kilometre journey was made, a tour alongside the coaches was made, in which the technology was further examined and there were also presentations by the manufacturers explaining the vision and backgrounds of the technology used in relation to the environment. The Coach Euro Test has two traditional sponsors: ZF and Busworld. They offer the jury two dinners.

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