The specialist for the inner city: MAN Lion's City M
Busworld Kortrijk 2011 will see the Sales launch of the Lion's City M with nine variants, two and three doors and engines delivering either 250 or 290 hp. With a wheelbase of 4.39 metres, the Lion's City M midibus is an efficient solution for operation in the inner cities with their narrow roads and high demands in terms of manoeuvrability.
The short wheelbase of the Lion's City M enables the extremely small turning circle of around 18 metres. Its compact external dimensions mean that it can also be efficiently operated in dense traffic. Despite this, the midibus carries up to 83 passengers. It is fitted with either two or three doors, making it easy for passengers to enter and exit quickly, for example during the rush hour. At 2.50 metres, the vehicle is exactly as wide as the other buses in the low-floor range.
Decisive for navigating narrow streets in heavy traffic is an excellent overview from the driver's workplace: the Lion's City M is equipped with a mirror system that includes integrated wide-angle mirrors, optionally with a halogen spotlight on the vehicle's offside to illuminate the entrance area. The new interface to the vehicle's electronic system FMS 2.0 makes it easy for operators of city buses to integrate their own fleet management systems.
Engine downsizing increases passenger capacity
The Lion's City M is based on the solo vehicle with vertically mounted engine. Thanks to the combination of tower design and particularly light D08 engine with a payload advantage of 500 kilograms (compared with the bigger D20 LUH engine), the three-door vehicle can transport up to 83 passengers. The two-door variant offers a maximum of 29 seats and standing room for 52 passengers, while the three-door variant has a maximum of 22 seats and standing room for 61. Irrespective of the variant: the compact M has nearly the same passenger capacity as a 12-metre bus and is thus a champion when it comes to efficiency.
The Lion's City M is propelled by a vertical D08 engine with a capacity of seven litres and an output of either 250 or 290 hp. As standard, the midibus meets the EEV requirements, currently the strictest there are, using the additive-free MAN PURE DIESEL technology. MAN's common-rail diesel engines combine high levels of efficiency with economical consumption and brisk acceleration. Automated transmission with a gearchange strategy that reacts to the topography gets that power on the road efficiently. There is a choice of ZF EcoLife transmission with TopoDyn or Voith DIWA.5 with SensoTop. The MAN Lion's City is produced in the MAN plant in Starachowice, Poland. Its framework is completely CDP coated and thus offers optimal protection against corrosion.