MAN Truck & Bus awarded major order from Singapore for 200 bus chassis
The Singapore company for local public bus transport, SMRT Buses Ltd., has ordered 200 complete buses based on MAN low-floor chassis Type NL 323 F from the MAN Truck & Bus sales partner Singapore Technologies Kinetics (ST Kinetics). The value of the order is in the high double-digit million euro range. Delivery of the vehicles began in August 2011 and will be completed by the end of 2012. This bus chassis for a body length of 12 metres is the ideal basis for the south-east Asian island city-state's reliable, high-performing and dynamic local public transport system.
Keeping things moving briskly are the installed six-cylinder diesel engines with an output of 235 kW (320 hp). For particularly effective exhaust-gas management, the engines are equipped with the eco-friendly MAN PM-Kat® and thus comply with the Euro 5 standard thanks to efficient MAN PURE DIESEL® technology. Based on the continuous control exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) system with low-temperature charge-air cooling, this technology saves space and weight, with its especially low fuel consumption being a compelling factor. The particulate separation system in the stainless steel silencer is maintenance free, non-clogging and requires no additives. For the safety of the passengers being transported there is the electronic braking system EBS, which shortens the braking distance, optimally assisting the driver even in difficult braking manoeuvres.
SMRT's order for complete buses based on MAN NL 323 F bus chassis to expand and modernise its fleet is ST Kinetics' first major order for city buses. As the exclusive sales partner of MAN Truck & Bus AG in Singapore, ST Kinetics is also the authorised supplier of services and spare parts. This major order not only equips SMRT Buses with cost-effective, environmentally friendly buses but is also a milestone in the sales partnership between MAN Truck & Bus and ST Kinetics.