PostBus Switzerland on the road with MAN
MAN Truck & Bus Switzerland AG has been awarded the contract to supply a total of 85 city buses to PostBus Switzerland over the next two years. The order comprises both standard and articulated MAN Lion's City buses in low-floor design. Delivery of the first vehicles will take place in April 2014.
MAN Lion's City buses comply with the Euro VI exhaust-gas standard, which will be obligatory with effect from January 1, 2014. These city buses meet the most stringent emission requirements for inner-city operation while at the same time being highly economical. Powerful six-cylinder common-rail diesel engines with outputs of 320 and 360 hp deliver the necessary propulsion. The vehicles are fitted with air-conditioning and are also suitable for the physically challenged, with wheelchair ramps and seating for persons with restricted mobility. Topography-dependent transmission control contributes to fuel-saving operation. This system automatically activates the gear-change program that most efficiently navigates the gradient, depending on whether it is on an uphill or downhill stretch.
The PostBus fleet currently consists of around 2,100 vehicles, of which 560 are buses of the MAN and NEOPLAN brands. Decisive for the award of the contract was the range of services offered by MAN, which is what convinced PostBus.
With a network of routes totalling 11,249 kilometres, PostBus is Switzerland's leading provider of road-based passenger transport, carrying more than 350,000 commuters and leisure travellers every day. The company is constantly raising its profile as a public transport systems leader and is increasing its presence in Swiss cities and conurbations as well as in neighbouring countries.
"We are proud that PostBus, Switzerland's biggest and most traditional bus operator, decided in favour of vehicles from MAN. We are convinced that this will have a positive effect, not only on our organisation, but on the Swiss bus market," says Marcus Gossen, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus Switzerland.