150 MAN CITY BUSES FOR DURBAN
MAN Truck & Bus has delivered 150 MAN city buses to South African Durban Transport. The 150 buses are RR8 and RR9 high-floor chassis and assembled by the MAN plant in Olifantsfontein. Various modifications enable the vehicles to cope with South Africa’s extreme climate conditions in this holidaymakers’ paradise.
Durban Transport is one of the most important providers of public transport in the coastal city and had very specific requirements. Gary Aliphon, Bus Fleet Manager at MAN Truck & Bus South Africa: "The operator wanted high-floor chassis that would enable taller boarding platforms to be served as well. Another priority for the operator was the use of anti-corrosive materials in the vehicle due to the coastal climate." One other special feature was also down to the climate conditions. The vehicles’ engine cooling system was modified and improved with the aim of enabling it to continue operating reliably – even on the sweltering summer days experienced in Durban. The MAN RR8 and RR9 high-floor chassis are equipped with a Euro 5 engine rated at 320 hp (235 kW) and a six-gear automatic gearbox, ESP, ABS and ASR. MAN experts at the assembly plant in Olifantsfontein assembled the 12-metre-long buses. "Both the chassis and the body were supplied by MAN, which enabled us to offer the customer a suitable solution from a single source", Aliphon emphasises.