red dot design award for NEOPLAN Skyliner
The NEOPLAN Skyliner celebrated its world premiere at the Busworld fair in Kortrijk in autumn 2011. Even then it aroused the enthusiasm of the branch, because the NEOPLAN designers successfully imbued the 14-metre long, 2.55-metre wide and 4-metre high vehicle body with aesthetic lightness and dynamicism without neglecting the perfect triad of form, function and ergonomics. Clear lines and clean, angled edges in glass and metal are combined with uncompromising aerodynamics that set new standards in the Premier League of coaches. The result of the aerodynamically optimised design: a drag coefficient (cw) of 0.41. This is a value so far unequalled by any other double-decker coach, being at the level of a modern mid-range van and making itself noticeable for the operator in terms of economy.
Traditional design features such as the forward-thrusting window columns, the big two-part windscreen, the lookout-platform appearance of the front, the dynamically angled wheel arches and the clipped headlights make the Skyliner an unmistakeable member of the NEOPLAN bus family. At the same time, well-known design elements have been newly interpreted. The Skylight concept, with its glazing in the roof roundings, huge windscreen and big windows in the roof that that also function as emergency exits, enables spectacular views from the panorama upper deck. From the outside, the Skyliner's windows appear to be uninterrupted, neutralising the division into upper and lower decks normally seen in double-deckers. The line of lower-deck windows bonds with the more than generously dimensioned panorama window, which curves through three dimensions. This is holistic design, down to the last detail.
The engineers and designers were no less successful in adopting tried and trusted components such as the rear lights, headlights and flaps from other NEOPLAN models in order to continue the proven Corporate Design within the vehicle family. This continuity is advantageous to customers from the point of view of product lifecycle and when it comes to spare-parts provision.
The red dot award has become established internationally as one of the most coveted seals of quality for outstanding design. A panel of thirty experts weighed up around four-and-a-half-thousand designs from 58 countries. July 2, 2012 sees the award ceremony taking place in Essen. Here, the NEOPLAN Skyliner continues a tradition of success: since 2002, this internationally recognised honour has already been won by eight different MAN and NEOPLAN buses, most recently by the MAN Lion's City Hybrid in 2011.