First MAN Lion’s City GXL destined for Switzerland
Ernö Bartha, the member of the Management Team of the NEOMAN Bus Group responsiblefor engineering commented: “I’m delighted that we have been able to sell three vehicles of the new model to the customer in one fell swoop. We have been the market leader for extra length vehicles for some years, a fact which we are underlining yet again with the GXL. With a capacity of up to 200 passengers and a CO2 value of down to less than ten grammes for a passenger kilometre this vehicle sets new standards. I think that this vehicle clearly heralds the way to the future of local public transport.“
Dr Ralf Eigenmann, the manager of VBSG, gave the following reason for purchasing from MAN: “When the tenders were examined the offer of MAN Nutzfahrzeuge (Schweiz) AG proved to be the most cost-effective. The crucial areas of the examination were matters relating to passengers, the economy, engineering, the driver’s cockpit, handling and after-sales service.“
All of the Swiss vehicles have an air conditioner, double glazing and the new NEOMAN driver’s cockpit. In addition the articulated buses are fitted with the translucent concertina section first presented in the prototypes of the GXL and can thus be considered to be of a particular high quality. The articulated buses will be serving a busy route from St. Gallen to Abtwil and on to Gallusmarkt.
St. Gallen is the first customer in Europe to opt for the new MAN Lion’s City GXL and further cities have already shown great interest. The lengthened forebody is taken over from the already mentioned Lion’s City GL with a length of 18.75 m, the two-axle afterbody comes, in turn, from the 14.7-metre Lion’s City LL model with electro-hydraulically actively steered trailing axle. The permissible gross weight of the new articulated train is thus a proud 32.5 t. A high-capacity concept of this kind is of particular interest in view of the current discussion about the carbon dioxide emissions of the different means of transport. With a calculated average consumption of the MAN D20 Common-Rail diesel engine (here only with 350 or 360 hp) of approximately 60 litres of diesel for 100 kilometres the resultant per capita consumption of under 0.3 litres for 100 kilometres or less than ten grammes of CO2 emission for a passenger kilometre (with full utilisation and a diesel consumption of 60 l/100 km) is unbeatable.
The combination of the two vehicle modules results in 20.45 metres of high-tech bus on four axles with a capacity of 200 people, about 50 of whom are seated. The drive and body are essentially identical to the existing low-floor buses. The vehicle fulfils all of the legal requirements and EU directives regarding the clearance circle and can largely be used on routes similar to those of a normal articulated train. Complicated and technically demanding additional steering or similar systems are not required to achieve this. However, unlike the double articulated trains to be found in particular in Central and Southern America, these trains can be fully manoeuvred even when reversing – an invaluable advantage for the driver.
The MAN Group is one of Europe's foremost industrial players in the sector of Transport-Related Engineering, with sales in 2007 of some €15.5 billion. As a supplier of trucks, buses, diesel engines, turbo machinery and industrial services, MAN employs a workforce of around 57,000 worldwide. The MAN business areas hold leading positions in their markets. MAN AG, Munich, is listed in the DAX (German Stock Index) which comprises the thirty leading stock corporations in Germany.
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