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MARKET Irregular growing in Europe.

IBE OF RIMINI Growing expectations for the Italian event.

EURO BUS EXPO Appointment in Birmingham.

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VDL BUS & COACH Three new models to be showcased.

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SOLARIS The Urbino Electric is “Bus of the Year 2017”.

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he Polish manufacturer will supply 99 buses in Norway. FuhrparkService GmbH, the leading German opeT All the vehicles will be operated in Oslo. The first order DB rator of public transport in urban and interurban includes 75 Urbinos in a length of 18.75 m. to be delivered regular services by bus, extended the framework contract

to the company Unibuss. The buses will be fitted with Euro 6 DAF engines. The same drive unit will be installed in 24 Urbino 12 buses of the new generation acquired by the company Nobina. All the buses will be fitted with intercity bus seats, even though the buses themselves will be operating only within Oslo. They will run on a biofuel of the latest generation called HVO. Supplies under both contracts are to be carried out in the first quarter of 2017. There are currently 369 Solaris buses on the streets of 24 Norwegian cities. Once the delivery of the 99 Urbinos is completed, Norway will have 468 Solaris buses altogether.

with Irisbus for another two years and will provide between 150 and 200 Crossway and Crossway LE buses per year. The contract also includes the supply of spare parts. It is the third consecutive time that Deutsche Bahn confirms its confidence in Iveco Bus after the first contract awarded in 2013. To date, amounts to nearly 700 units the Crossway buses delivered to Deutsche Bahn and by 2018 they will be a thousand. Deutsche Bahn is Germany’s leading operator in the field of transport by bus. The Bus Division belongs to the operational area DB Regio. Around 608 million are the passengers transported in 2015 alone.




he double-decker by Neoplan won the 2016 edition of the International Bus Competition (IBC). The Skyliner, available since last June also in the Euro 6 version, got the best score beating the other two double deckers in the week of testing: the VDL Futura and the Astromega by Van Hool. To convince the jury, composed of drivers with different drive style and professional backgrounds, it was the chassis, the passenger comfort and the workshop tests. Much appreciated also the side windows up to the top side (skylight), which provide a good view for those sitting on the side of the windows, and the five elements of windowed roof almost continuous letting in plenty of light on the aisle seats. Safety is another plus of this model. The jury did appreciated the braking distance of 39.8 and 39.1 metres, respectively measured by hot and cold brakes at a speed of 80 km / h, but also the accuracy of the steering and the vehicle’s balance.

July 22, the Swiss bus company Roland Zemp ON Carreisen took delivery of a 13-metre VDL Futura FDD2 coach. This is the first VDL Futura FDD2 with

a length of 13 metres to be delivered Switzerland. This variant of the Futura double-decker offers a seating capacity for up to 84 passengers. The reduced length makes it highly manoeuvrable. The lightweight modular construction in combination with the fuel-efficient powertrain and aerodynamic shape guarantee low fuel consumption and thus low CO2 emissions. The interior of the Futura FDD2 is characterized by round corners, light colours, lightweight materials and spacious standing heights on the lower and upper decks.


irst Glasgow took delivery of ten Enviro200 buses produced F by Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL). The 11.8-metre buses feature a first class interior for First’s Glasgow Airport Express


YD (Build Your Dreams) will trial a pure electric bus in B Singapore. The 6-month-long trial will see BYD’s k9 bus, which runs fully on electricity, introduced into Go Ahead SG’s

bus services. The trial will look into the challenges of whether an electric bus can meet the full-day operational demands of a conventional public bus, without compromising on reliability and serviceability, in a local environment. It is also part of Singapore’s EV Phase 2 Test-bed co-led by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Economic Development Board (EDB).

service. They are fitted with leather-trimmed seats with extra leg room and fold-down tables, a stainless steel luggage racking at the front of the bus, 4G Wi-Fi, USB charging points as well as audio-visual display screens providing next stop information and announcements. Wooden effect flooring with under-seat mood lighting completes the luxury look and feel, contributing to the relaxed atmosphere. The new generation ADL Enviro200 buses are powered by the latest Euro 6 engines. Innovative smart accessories further reduce CO2 tail pipe emissions and deliver class-leading fuel economy. These vehicles also benefit from the market’s first “stop start” engine technology which ADL has introduced across the range. This state of the art technology automatically shuts off the engine at bus stops on door opening, restarting on door closure.


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en Indcar Next L7 buses joined the fleet of the Spanish comolvo Buses is starting demonstration tests of its Electric T pany Transunion. The new Next version takes the benefits of VHybrid bus in Curitiba, Brazil. The hybrid electric bus the Indcar Next model in a more compact size. It’s just a little will operate on the Juvevê-Agua Verde passenger line (11.2

over seven metres long and is bodied on the Mercedes Atego 10,240 chassis. The vehicles can board 27 passengers and are fitted with reclining seats, multiplex screen, air conditioning and video equipment audio standard. Transunion has an experience of over 50 years in the passengers transport field. Based in Mallorca, Balearic Islands, it runs an extensive fleet which has been renewed over the years with several dozens vehicles produced by the Catalan body builder Indcar.

km, 2,200 passengers a day), for a period of six months. With plug-in technology, the hybrid electric allows battery charges to be topped up at stops. The project is the outcome of a global partnership between Volvo and Siemens, which developed the quick charge stations for the batteries of the electric motor. The vehicles can operate in 100% electric mode in defined areas and in hybrid mode anywhere along the route. The system reduces up to 75% the consumption of diesel and, consequently, emission of pollutants. In addition, the model’s total energy consumption is 60% lower than those powered by diesel.


olaris Bus & Coach S.A. lands in India. The Polish S producer established a joint venture company with the Indian JBM Group for the development, sales and servi-

ce maintenance of vehicles with alternative powertrains (electric and hybrid buses) in the Indian market. The role of Solaris in the joint venture company is to develop, integrate and deliver components as well as know-how for the alternative propulsion systems to JBM. JBM Solaris joint venture is based in Delhi NCR, India. The first jointly manufactured vehicle will be launched after 12 to 18 months from the establishment of the company. The vehicles with alternative powertrains will be manufactured at the production facilities of JBM in India, partially basing on Solaris’s construction.



Bus & Coach has launched the fully VDL electric version of the Citea LLE-99 model, the new length variant of the VDL Citea

LLE. The 9.9-metre electric bus provides a solution for city and regional bus lines with lower passenger counts. It’s fitted with a 150 kW electric engine and a 180 kWh battery pack. To further optimize operational use is it possible to install a pantograph system in addition to the standard charging connector, allowing rapid charging at up to 270 kW. The development of the VDL Citea LLE Electric is an important step in the expansion of VDL Bus & Coach’s zero emission electric bus range.

June 24, Malta Public Transport took delivery of 33 OtoON kar Kent C low floor buses. This supply came in addition to the 143 Vectio C buses delivered in September 2015, bringing

the Otokar fleet to 176 units on the Malta island. The 33 Kent C right hand drive buses have a length of 12 metres. They are fully air-conditioned, powered by the Euro 6 six-cylinder Cummins ISB6.7E6280B engine mated to the Voith Diwa 854.6a automatic transmission and fitted with a number of safety features. On board there is space for 37 seated passengers plus 56 standing and a wheelchair (or 4 foldable seats). “We are proud to say that Malta now has one of the youngest bus fleets in Europe, with an average age of just over 3 years, while the average in Europe is over 9 years. Almost half of our fleet is now less than one year old, with Euro 6 engines. We are setting new standards for environmentally friendly transport and contributing to cleaner air”, explained Mr Felipe Cosmen, Chairman of Malta Public Transport.


transport company Trasporto Unico Abruzzese (TUA) IBus.talian took delivery of 36 Crossways PRO produced by Iveco The vehicles are powered by the Euro VI, Iveco Cursor 9

engine (400 hp) with the exclusive HI-SCR technology, which allows for reduced levels of emissions without the recirculation of the exhaust gases and to avoid high temperatures to clean the diesel particulate filter. Of these vehicles, 23 are have a length of 12.1 meters while the remaining 13 vehicles have a length of 10.8 m. The 36 Iveco Crossways PRO have a central double door fitted with electro-lift for a disabled passenger. This supply was completed with the support of the dealership Concessionaria Tessitore SpA based in Vasto, near Chieti.

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The EU registrations grew by 2.7% in the first half of 2016. Germany and Spain are doing well. France is barely dynamic. Italy and the UK tend to go down nlike the commercial vehicle, the bus and U coach sector closed the first six months of the year with discreet profit margins. If

the commercial vehicle registrations grew by 13.5%, those over 3.5-ton buses and coaches did not exceed 2.7%. This was revealed by the ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, announcing the data for the first half of 2016. The buses registered between January and June in 27 European Union Member States amounted to 18,766 units compared to 18,275 in the first half of 2015. Among the Western European markets, Germany and Spain are in motion. The former with 3,131 registrations, 15.6% more than in the first half of 2015, while Spain is clearly gaining ground on 1,442 road vehicles and a positive margin of 9.2%.

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The result of France with 3,018 registrations compared to 2,970 in the past six months (+ 1.6%) leaves to be desired. Italy decreases the registrations by 7.1% with its 1,268 vehicles and the UK by 3.5%. The nearby Ireland makes however a leap by 46.2%. Portugal (+ 42%) and Greece (+ 48.8%) try a shot either. However, these are the countries emerging from an unprecedented crisis. In Northern Europe it is worth highlighting Denmark (+ 65%) and Austria (+33.2), while in the eastern basin stand out Slovenia (+ 64%), Croatia (+58.4) and Slovakia (+ 24.3%). Norway, a country of the EFTA area (European Free Trade Association), shows the best performance of the first half of the year with 928 registrations, as many as 84.1% more than in the previous six-month period.









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140 cases a year

Of 22,000 buses circulating in Italy, in one year, 140 have suffered a fire with an average of 6 cases per thousand. Such incidents cause a large image damage especially for a public transport company. To prevent and intervene effectively in the very early stages of development of the fire is today’s challenge for the industry.

The Rimini Trade Fair is ready to host on October 26-28 the International Bus Expo (IBE) that conquers its own identity


ere you are: new format, new date and a space of its own. Greater expectations are entertained of the International Bus Expo 7th edition (IBE) of Rimini, an event that conquers its own identity becoming from now on a show for all the bus sector purposes. Until last edition (2014) it had appeared as a biennial exhibition inside the TTG Incontri, a professional tourism historical fair. The organizers of IBE, namely Rimini Fair in collaboration with ANAV and AsstrA trade associations, talk about a broad consensus for the new format on the part of the operators specifying that “all the partners and companies are convinced about usefulness of starting the exhibition experience and then business that affirms an autonomous identity of the road public transport sector with strengthening the operating bus segment and focusing on local public transport, buses and environ-

mental sustainability, mobility and disability, bus operators and new technologies“. The participation of the following main bus brands has been confirmed: Iveco Bus with its wide range of models and a new touring coach premiere, Evobus Italy which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. There will also be Irizar, MAN Truck & Bus, Volvo, VDL Bus & Coach, Industria Italiana Autobus (IIA) and many others. Among the scheduled events, it’s worth noticing the presentation of the report on mobility by AsstraA, ANAV and Isfort. IBE 2016 will take place on October 26-28 in two twin halls in the west wing of the Rimini Expo Centre. For more information visit the website www. As always, BusToCoach will be present at the IBE of Rimini, in Pavilion C7, Stand no. 019. More articles about International events:

Firecom Automotive

produces in Italy, in its factory located in Lazio, Potassium Salts Aerosol systems for all types of environments, specializing in particular in the engine compartment protection and webasto compartment.

The system consists

of an electronic control and extinguishing unit, referred to as UDS-A, three temperature probes and one or more aerosol generators to be installed in the engine compartment (and / or webasto). The electronics unit has the function of self-diagnosis, management and analysis of the signals sent from suitably located thermal probes, giving the alarm signal to the driver at the time that is detected the triggering temperature and automatically activating the aerosols generators for a timely suppression of fires. Firecom Automotive Srl via degli Olmetti 46 - 00060 Formello (RM) Italy Ph. (+39) 06 8800613 / 06 8803381 Fax (+39) 06 88524939

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INFORMATION IS ON THE NET The “Vehicles” section in the website provides data sheets for all types of buses available on the market, inclusive of photographs, as well as historical profiles and manufacturer’s details. Equally comprehensive information can be found in the “Components” section.

The 2016 Euro Bus Expo for the bus and coach industry, returns to the NEC of Birmingham on 1-3 November bout 300 exhibitors, at least 25 of them A are vehicle manufacturers, a hundred vehicles on display and more than 9,500

expected visitors. These are the numbers provided for the 2016 Euro Bus Expo, an exhibition dedicated to bus industry, components, accessories and services, held every two years at the Birmingham trade fair, in the UK. The organizers predict it will be the biggest yet. The focus will be on future technologies, in particular on automation applied to the vehicles and therefore on driverless vehicles. In the Technology area, visitors can catch up on the European bus industry latest developments. The area reserved to Accessibility will highlight innovations developed to make the public transport increasingly

appropriate. Euro Bus Expo’s 2016 Master Class Theatre programme will be focused on the Bus Services Bill, Brexit, devolution and smart ticketing. The show’s speaker line-up already includes leading industry players. As in previous years, big names from the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) – the UK’s operator trade body – will also be hosting presentations. The 2016 Master Class Theatre is sponsored by SmartDrive Systems. The Euro Bus Expo will be held at the NEC (National Exhibition Centre) of Birmingham on November 1-3. For more information, visit the official website www.eurobusexpo. com More articles about International events:

There are also the Directories dedicated to the market of “Used buses”, including sale ads, professional sales agents across the Europe landscape and quotes for all types of vehicle models.

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The Dutch manufacturer will present the new VDL Futura FHD2-106, the MidBasic Electric and the 9.9-metre version of the Citea LLE at the IAA in Hanover he new products of VDL Bus & Coach T will be in the spotlight at the 66th IAA in Hanover. In particular, there will be the com-

pact VDL Futura FHD2-106, the Citea LLE in the new length variant and the Mid Basic Electric. The Futura FHD2-106 is the latest in the Futura range aimed at meeting the demands of high-end tourism in compact size. Putting a stake on this version, VDL Bus & Coach, in fact, is targeting the VIP segment, smaller group eager to travel in luxury and comfort. Like the other Futura range models, it benefits from VDL’s modular design and completely flat floor, in addition to low net weight which helps in reducing the fuel consumption and running costs. The icing on the cake is the coach maximum maneuverability given the compact size.

The entire interior exudes a feeling of spaciousness thanks to matching colours, a balanced lighting concept and open luggage racks. The maximum seating configuration is 41/43 passenger seats, but there are lots of configuration possibilities as well as equipment choice. The luggage space, with a volume of 4.7 m3, is extremely ample. The showcased model will have an available face-to-face seating configuration of 34 + 1 + 1 luxury and comfortable upholstered seats. The 9.9-metre Citea LLE fitted with 27 + 2 + 1 seats will be unveiled too to the public in Hanover. The MidBasic Electric is a world premiere. This is a fully electric bus from the mini and midi range, specifically designed for transporting the small number of passengers in sparsely populated areas.

This vehicle has an innovative full electric powertrain, developed in collaboration with the Austrian company Kreisel. Depending on the selected powertrain and battery package, the range varies from 200 to 300 km. The base vehicle for the VDL MidBasic Electric is a 3.5-tonne Mercedes Sprinter. VDL Bus & Coach has replaced the diesel powertrain with a

fully electric powertrain based on high-quality components from various European suppliers. The electric motors have power ratings of 120 to150 kW. The patented Kreisel batteries are extraordinarily lightweight, and with capacities of 72 kWh (optionally 92 kWh). They are located under the vehicle without affecting the interior space where there is space for eight passengers. VDL will also be showing a 14.1m double decker VDL Futura FDD2-141 and outdoor, a MidCity and a MidEuro. During the show, test drives can be taken on the VDL Citea Electric and the VDL MidBasic Electric.


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IVECO BUS PREVIEWS PROPOSALS AT FROM THE IAA 2016 SOLARIS Iveco Bus will present a new touring coach model at the Hannover Motor Show. Next to the Magelys ‘Lounge’, the Urbanway hybrid electric and the Daily Hi-Matic

The Polish manufacturer will present the new-generation hybrid bus, the Urbino 12 CNG and the Urbino Electric, “Bus of the Year 2017” at the IAA in Hanover

Commercial Vehicles (Hannover, September 22 to 29). The description of the world premiere runs as follows: “it is a new touring coach, which completes the current range, ensuring regional or national regular services, shuttle services and medium-range travels. This newcomer will benefit from the Iveco practical expertise and experience in this segment and will offer excellent versatility and operating profitability“. In the limelight there will also be the ‘lounge’ version of the Magelys coach bearing the colours of the prestigious rugby team, the New Zealand All Blacks and interiors fitted with 46 black leather seats, Wi-Fi, GPS, coffee machi-

a couple of new vehicles, namely, the new-generation hybrid bus and the Urbino 12 CNG. The new Urbino hybrid is fitted with a serial hybrid drive called HybriDrive produced by BAE Systems, powered by an electric engine, storage system and a 210 hp Cummins ISB4.5E6 diesel engine. It is possible to install a Stop-and-Go system, which allows for turning off the diesel engine at the bus stop and setting forward in the emission-free mode as well as an Arrive-and-Go system, which additionally allows for turning off the diesel engine already when the bus is approaching a stop. The 12-metre Urbino CNG is powered by a 320 hp Cummins ISLG Euro 6 engine coupled to a Voith Diwa6 gearbox. The composite tanks allow to fill up a total of 1,875 litres of gas. The vehicle benefits from the construction

veco Bus will draw attention to its premiere Iseveral for the tourist range and four proposals for transport solutions at the 66th IAA

ne, double amplifier for microphones, USB port for each seat and 220 V socket for each pair of seats. The sustainable mobility will be represented by the 12-metre ZEV Urbanway hybrid electric bus with a ‘full electric’ mode range of 4 km (this vehicle is a part of the experimental EBSF 2 project -European Bus System of the Future- managed by UITP) and the Daily electric bus with a range of up to 100 or 160 km thanks to two or three high energy density sodium-nickel-chloride batteries in conjunction with high power supercapacitors and regenerative braking system. Finally there will be a luxury Daily Tourys accommodating 19 seats and fitted with the exclusive Iveco Hi-Matic 8-speed transmission. This vehicle will be available for test drives outdoor.

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the 2016 IAA, Solaris Bus & Coach AT will not only remind the exhibition visitors of its 20th anniversary but also offer

improvements of the new-generation Solaris buses, such as its light frame and driveline, as well as spacious and comfortable passenger area and the optimised driver’s workspace. The Urbino electric bus, that has already premiered at the 2015 Busworld in Kortrijk, will be also showcased in Hanover. The vehicle to be on display will be equipped with 240 kWh batteries, charged with a roofmounted pantograph and a plug-in system. It is this very model that has been awarded with the “Bus of the Year 2017”. It is the first title of this kind awarded to a Polish manufacturer by the ACE (Association of European Commercial Vehicle Editors), and at the same time it is the first time in the history of competition that the award goes to a battery-driven vehicle having the best among on the CNG Mercedes bus and the electric buses from Irizar, Van Hool and Ebusco. The award-giving ceremony will take place during the IAA in Hanover.

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FROM REALITY TO DREAM The new proposals for the Mercedes and Setra bus ranges at the Hanover Motor Show. But the highlight of the performance will be the Future Bus, a prototype of a city bus with CityPilot autonomous driving, a result of experience gained by Mercedes in the truck sector. Futuristic exterior and interior design nnovations for the present and for the future IHanover. to be showcased by Daimler at the IAA in Available immediately the 10.7-litre OM 470 engine with even lower consumption and higher performance thanks to the technical prowess of the larger OM 471. So, a very steep increase in torque and power in the middle engine speed range, as well as a

reduction in the nominal engine speed from 1,800 rpm to 1,600 rpm. A new variant with a power output of 335 kW (456 horsepower) and torque of 2,200 Nm available upon request for the Setra ComfortClass is also being introduced. Mercedes will unveil the Citaro NGT at the IAA (already presented by BusToCoach in

June), while the Sprinter product range has been extended with the addition of a Sprinter featuring a permissible gross vehicle weight of 5.5 tons, more powerful engines and a new retarder for the Sprinter City 65. The LED headlights integrated into the Mercedes and Setra buses will also be premiered in Hanover (refer to the article of BusToCo-

ach in April 2016), in addition to the new Coach MediaRouter, comfort headrests and the Composition leather cover for the touring coaches. Mercedes will be handing over the keys to the 10,000th Intouro and will be celebrating the 10th birthday of the Tourismo. In the Setra area you can see the new S 418 LE business measuring 14.6 metres for suburban èè

services and a luxurious TopClass S 516 HDH with the 1+1 seating arrangement. Start dreaming looking closely at the Mercedes-Benz Future Bus. A city bus with City Pilot partially automated driving, which foreshadows the local public transport future: safer, more efficient and comfortable than traditional buses. The technology of the CityPilot is based on that of the autonomously driving Mercedes-Benz Actros truck with Highway Pilot presented two years ago. It has however undergone substantial further development with numerous added functions to meet the specific needs of a city bus. Consequently, for example, the CityPilot is able to recognize traffic lights, communicate with them and safely negotiate junctions controlled by them. It can also recognize obstacles, especially pedestrians on the road, and it brakes autonomously. It approaches bus stops automatically, where it opens and closes its doors. And last but not least, it is able to drive through tunnels. A dozen cameras - including the ‘mirror cam’

instead of exterior rear-view mirrors - scan the road and surroundings. Four short-range radar sensors mounted on the vehicle - two in the front section and two at the front corners – to cover distances from 50 centimetres to 10 metres ahead of the bus. In addition, two stereo cameras with a range of up to 50 metres allow 3D vision and recognition of obstacles and pedestrians. There is also a GPS system. Thanks to data fusion, all the data received create an extremely precise picture and allow the bus to be positioned to within centimetres. The Future Bus with CityPilot was tested in the Netherlands, on a stretch of a 20-km BRT route (Bus Rapid Transit) which links Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport with the town of Haarlem. This route has numerous bends and

passes through tunnels and across junctions with traffic lights. Although derived from the 12-metre Citaro city bus, the Future Bus will completely revolutionizes the aesthetic, characterized by asymmetrical lines for the roof profile, the side wall coating (with two central doors on the right side), the front and the rear part. It is worth noticing two light strips next to the Mercedes star below the windscreen, that change colour between white (manual mode) and blue (semi-automated mode). The same happens to the strips of the rear lights. Aesthetics and space planning is completely new in the passenger compartment either. It can be called an ‘open space’ divided into three zones: at the front near the driver is the

“Service” zone, in the middle the “Express” zone mainly for standing passengers and at the rear is the “Lounge” zone intended for a longer stay on board. The coatings are chromatic, the shining white shells of passenger seats are arranged along the walls, grab rails reflect the park-like theme by branching upwards like trees towards the ceiling and two embedded 43-inch monitors complete the construction of the interior. The driver also takes a seat in the futuristic cockpit of tomorrow, which is not compartmentalised – the driver area becomes part of the interior, and even manages without a partition and separating door. Conventional instruments are replaced by an informative 12.3-inch display with specific information. The data have been reduced to the essentials where vehicle functions are concerned, but considerably expanded with regard to route information. The Future Bus is powered by the OM 936 engine but can also rely on the natural gas version or, from 2018, the full electric traction. More articles about Daimler Buses:

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mid-July, MAN Truck & Bus met the IN European bus industry journalists at the Truck Forum in Munich to anticipate

the content of its presence at the upcoming IAA fair (September 22-29). Some solutions have been on display in the inner hall, but

MAN Truck & Bus anticipates the contents of its presence at the next exhibition in Hanover. There is an emphasis on drivetrains and E-Mobility programs

probably not all of them will be brought to Hanover. In the front line there was an 18-metre MAN Lion’s City G bus carrying up to 154 passengers, powered by the D2066 engine with an output of 360 hp and fitted with side wa-

lls glazed even under the windows in correspondence with the central area for the wheelchair. There was a 14-metre Skyliner powered by the 505 hp D2676 engine, with removable platform at the second entrance. Finally, there was a 13.8-metre Lion’s Coach

L powered by the new 500 hp D2676 LOH engine with Euro 6c emission level. However, the vision of a model that integrates different charging and energy storage systems for electric buses have been kept in reserve for Hanover. MAN is facing the first step of the electromobility program with a modular approach which offers the possibility to select and combine the charging technologies according to the needs and, similarly, the number of storage modules depending on the required range and transport capacity. As a first step, MAN is concentrating on the widespread technologies of rapid charging via pantograph (opportunity charging) and overnight charging, or a combination of these systems. By 2018, the MAN e-mobility roadmap will offer the public a pre-series bus version of a battery electric vehicle (BEV), while the series production of a 100 % electrically driven city bus will start before 2020. Before 2030,



anticipaTHE tion of solutions to be presented at

the IAA in Hanover has served as opportunity to visit the department dedicated to the axle production at the MAN Truck & Bus plant in Munich. At this plant, inaugurated in 1955, the employees produce between 90,000 and 110,000 driven axles per year. In addition, there are approximately 55,000 drive-through axles and 6,000 transfer cases. These components are then supplied throughout the entire MAN group. Driven axles are produced in two main types. Hypoid axles are designed as modular units. A steel axle bracket forms the basis of this platform strategy and variably welded parts create the high level of variability. The axles are combined with the corresponding wheel hubs in combination with different gearboxes and transmissions. The entire processing of the individual components takes place at around 200 processing centres and using ten hardening systems. The most diverse and highly complex drilling as

well as milling procedures are applied in particular as part of housing production. The high levels of process expertise and the use of special tools enable highly precise production within the strictest tolerances. Cutting-edge measuring methods additionally record the quality and cost-related properties of tooling machines, equipment and tools to derive targeted optimisation measures. Consequently, it makes possible to guarantee equal levels of component quality. In addition to axle and gearbox housings, the plant production field includes wheel hubs, pla-

MAN Truck & Bus plans to have 50 % of its sales in the city bus segment consisting of emission-free vehicles. As for the coach, Man announced several measures to optimise the drivetrain for greater performance and lower fuel consumption. For the first time, the D26 can now also be operated with hydrotreated vegetable oils

netary carriers, steering knuckles and axle housings. The pivotal core competencies within the field of axle production are aimed at processing the diecast parts and producing the gearing components. Gear production stretches from the soft processing of blanks including the subsequent milling of gears to thermal treatment at the in-house hardening facilities as well as final gear hardening. Apart from many spur gear components, parts including the gear set are produced in-house at MAN. This consists of the crown wheel and drive belt and represents the core of the driven axle as it transfers the output from the universal shaft to the wheels. The axle housings are clamped onto automated guided vehicles (AGV) from which the axles are installed as part of flow assembly. Each operator at the assembly line records the processing step in the axle approval record. It represents an elementary component of quality assurance and records process data.


(HVO). In addition, the exhaust gas post-treatment has been improved and soon the D2676 LOH Euro 6c will replace the 400-hp D2066 LOH in MAN and NEOPLAN coaches as well as in the chassis. With regard to the MAN BrakeMatic electronic braking system introduction, MAN and NEOPLAN coaches and intercity buses will

soon feature the more powerful EVBec engine brake. Similarly, the TipMatic transmission will be matched to the D26 engines and will employ SmartShifting and Idle Speed Driving function that enables comfortable driving at idling speed without touching the accelerator. In addition to this, a new generation of the proactive MAN EfficientCruise cruise control is introduced into coaches including the EfficientRoll free-wheel feature.

MAN Truck & Bus will dedicate a separate area of their stand at the 2016 IAA to the subject of innovation and digitalisation and provide an outlook on upcoming new digital services and offers. Whilst the focus of this development will initially be on trucks, the bus division is to quickly follow in the framework of digitally based service offers with special added-value services for bus fleets of all segments from city buses to long-distance buses and touring coaches.


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Up on the Highway Plain on the Highway

DIMENSIONS Length mm 10,465 Width mm 2,550 Height with AC mm 3,770 Wheelbase mm 5,005 Front overhang mm 2,265 Rear overhang mm 3,195 Luggage m3 7.5 Turning circle mm 17,530 Fuel tank litres 310 AdBlue tank litres 40 Test weight kg 15,000


he vehicle measuring 10.5 metres in T length is the most compact model of the Setra series. This coach is the newly born successor to the S 411 HD of the Setra TopClass 400 series and last year it joined the ComfortClass 500. The model serves equally well for exclusive excursions or as a luxurious VIP shuttle bus but the variety of available equipment makes it suitable for all types of intercity services. At the start line it appeared in a version with èè




Seats n. 30+2+1 Internal heigth mm 2,055 Aisle heigth mm 1,400 Aisle width mm 355 Entrances width mm 590/600 Raks volume m3 1.32


Seats type Setra Voyage A.C. EvoCool Basic Heater convectors Lighting Led Roof Hatches 2 electric Glazing double Audio Multimedia Video 19” Kitchen yes Toilette yes

With Club corner he test coach S 511 HD is T a version with rear door, WC and kitchen in the rear.

Fitting these options and two rows of facing seats with a central coffee table, a four-star variant accommodates 30 passenger seats. Without them, a 3-star rear entrance variant accommodates 38 seats. There are also two folding seats for tour guides next to the driver’s cockpit. The comfortable upholstered “Setra Voyage Ambassador” seats are reclining and extendable, with leather headrests, seat belts and all necessary accessories. For comfort, in addition to the EvoCool Basic air conditioning, heating via the floor convectors and the spacious overhead lug-

gage racks (with a capacity of 1.32 cubic metres), there are the LED lighting, the audio/video Coach Multimedia System with DVD player. The available Coach Media-

Router is a mobile WLAN access point which enables passengers to connect their devices to the internet. In addition, two USB ports allow the supply of media content..

second door moved to the rear overhang and four stars interior with a capacity to accommodate 30 passenger seats plus kitchen and WC in the rear part. Loaded up to a total weight of 15,000 kg, the S 511 HD has traveled 354 kilometres of the route reserved by BusToCoach for touring coaches, consuming one litre of diesel per 4.76 km and traveling at the average of 79.9 km/h. As a result, the overall index performance is 9.51 points. An excellent result, taking into consideration that only the air conditioning system turned to full power interfered to prevent equal record set three years ago by its elder brother S 515 HD (refer to the table at the end of the article). First Euro VI to be tested, it has surprised everyone with its low fuel consumption (4.82 km/litre), thanks to the new OM 470 engine



Platform heigth mm 935 Cockpit width mm 900 Cockpit depth mm 1,520 Cockpit heigth mm 2,200 Adjustment seat mm 230


Seat type Isri NTS 6860 Window electric Sunshade double, electric Blinds (left) manual A.C. yes Refrigerator yes

Comfort Coach

he driver has got a clearly T laid-out dashboard in the ergonomically shaped Coach Comfort

cockpit common to all the ComfortClass 500 HD models, centering the new instrument panel with high-resolution colour display and four circular dials that indicate the vehicle speed, the engine speed and the current fuel and AdBlue levels. The display is operated via the “Stacks & Cards” system through buttons on the steering wheel, allowing efficient navigation between individual menu groups (such as route information or current vehicle data) and its submenus (cards). The multifunction steering wheel also houses the buttons to activate the cruise control system, to set in action the driver assistance systems and to operate the Coach Multimedia System, inclusive of navigation system, DVD player connected

to the 19 “monitors, Mp3 and AUX port. On the display to the right of the dashboard, in addition to the navigation maps you can view the internal camera rearview and second door shots. Complete package of the Isringhausen NTS air suspension seat (model 6860) implies the folding armrests, headrests and seat belt. The driver’s area provides excellent direct visibility through the windscreen (with light/rain sensors), protected with the elec-

trically controlled doubled sunshades as well as rearview visibility through electrically adjustable multiple mirrors. There are the LED daytime running lights and the reversing nions, there is a refrigerator in lights. the cockpit and below there is a Facing the two seats for compa- door with two microphones.

of 428 hp (315 kW) belonging to the Mercedes Blue Efficiency Power generation. The S 511 HD is powered by the same engine but of lower calibration, delivering 354 hp (290 kW) and has a torque of 1,900 Nm. The long final drive ratio (3,583: 1) is identical and the coupling with the GO 250-8 PowerShift automated manual transmission is optional. A six-speed GO 210 manual transmission is standard. But if the barely detectable consumption level has already deserved to be recorded, in future we can expect even better results with the launch of the new optimized version of the OM 470 engine (they will be presented this month at the IAA in Hanover), promising a further consumption reduction by approximately 2.5%. The compactness has a primary importance for the S 511 HD alongside with the low fuel consumption since it results in enhanced maneuverability on mountain excursion routes or in case of reduced maneuvering space, easily addressed thanks to a turning circle between walls of as little as 17.53 metres. Moreover, the access configuration with the second door moved to the rear overhang allows for having a bigger room for the underfloor luggage compartment (measured volume of 7.5 cubic metres), compared to the classical solution with a second central door, which sacrifices about a cubic metre of available space. For the rest the ‘short’ version faithfully follows the aesthetic patterns of all the Comfort Class 500 models, including the presence of èè


Nm 260

1,900 Torque



220 200 1,000






Power 394 cv (290 kW)/1,800 rpm Torque Nm 1,900 at 1,100 rpm Injection Common rail 2,100 bar Compression Ratio 17.6:1 Oil Tank litres 32 Pollution Class Euro VI Gas Treatment EGR+Dpf+Scr Life test vehicle km 10,176

BRAKES Knorr full disc brakes. Pneumatic system with electronically controlled (EBS), AEBS, ASR, BAS, and Voith secondary water retarder.

SAFETY ESP, Lane Assist, Front Collision TYRES Guard (FCG), Active Brake Assist 3 Continental City Plus HA3 (ABA 3), Cruise control (ART), Fire 295/80 R 22.5 154/149M extinguishing system in engine compartment, Tyre pressure moSTEERING nitoring system (TPM), Rain/light ZF- Servocom 8098 sensor, Reversing camera . Max steering angle 58°

Efficiency Power he S 511 HD features an enT gine belonging to the Blue Efficiency Power Generation

(of) from Mercedes. This is the 10.7-litre OM 470 engine, delivering 394 horsepower (290 kW), 1,800 rpm and a maximum torque of 1,900 Nm at 1,100 rpm. There is a common rail injection system with X-Pulse pressure booster that ensures low consumption and emissions. The exhaust gas recirculation and a closed particulate filter have been added to the previous BlueTec technology with SCR and AdBlue to meet the Euro VI requirements. It should be stressed that the generating of oxides of nitrogen has been reduced and then the AdBlue consumption decreased (in our case, it has fallen to 2.8%) thanks to the gas recirculation. The particulate filter shall be replaced after 360 thousand kilometres of running, and then every 240 thousand.


rpm/min 14.6 23

1,800 1,500

2 nd


10,671 125/145 vertical 6 in line back


55.1 th



3 th



SUSPENSIONS Full pneumatic with level’s electronic control (ENR). Front axle with indipendent wheels ZF RL 75 E. Drive axle MB RO 440.

1 st

kW 290

MERCEDES OM 470 Displacement cc Bore/Stroke Geometry Position










1,000 500 0













TRANSMISSION The tested vehicle has the automated Mercedes GO 250-8 MPS with eight speeds and the Voith integrated water retarder. The GO 210 six-speed manual transmission is on board as standard. Transmission Ratio Acceleration 0-100 km/h

3.583 sec. 41.1

two asymmetric side grills in the rear part plus one rightward on the hood to supply air to the engine compartment. The test vehicle was also fitted with Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) that identifies the route topography and intervenes in the drivetrain’s gearshift strategy and with the FleetBoard telematics system for optimal bus fleet management. Among the safety systems, in addition to the rich package fitted as standard, the S 511 HD can be equipped with the third-generation Active Brake Assist (ABA3), tyre pressure monitoring system (TPM) and fire extinguishing system in the engine compartment.


weight kg

cv (kW)




Setra S 511 HD



394 (290)




Setra S 515 MD



354 (260)




Irizar i6 HDH 12.37



450 (331)




Setra S 515 HD



428 (315)




Temsa Safari HD 13



408 (300)




Setra S 416 GT-HD/2 E5


428 (315)




Mercedes Tourismo



408 (300)






The gearbox mounted on the test coach S 515 HD is the excellent eight-speed automated GO 250-8 PS3 with Voith water retarder.

Irisbus Magelys Pro



450 (330)


VDL Futura FHD2



408 (300)




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