Largest order ever for MAN Camion & Bus France - over 186 MAN city buses for RATP Paris
MAN Camion & Bus France, the bus importer of the MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Group, has managed to conclude its biggest contract ever on the French market. Worth around 60 million euros altogether, the contract comes from the Paris transport authority (RATP); it was signed in December 2007 and covers 186 modern MAN Lion's City low-floor articulated buses. For the first time the tender for a total of 356 articulated buses was not awarded mainly to bus producers with production plants in France but shared equally between MAN Nutzfahrzeuge and competitors with French productions facilities.
Of the MAN vehicles 170 are Lion’s City G articulated buses with a length of 18 m and 44 seats. The other 16 are the longer 18.75 m Lion's City GL with 56 seats. This length variant fully exploits the maximum length permitted by European law. These vehicles will be used on the prestigious route between Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport and the Opera. Only last year 15 new Lion's City G buses with a translucent concertina section from Conti-Tech were delivered. This will be fitted in all the new buses too, making for more light and thus for a pleasant atmosphere inside the vehicles.
All vehicles are powered by the compact, low-consumption MAN D20 Common Rail Euro 4 engine rated at 270 hp and, thanks to the MAN PURE DIESEL® technology, can be operated without any additives. The patented MAN PM-KAT® ensures that the first batch of buses will efficiently eliminate the smallest particles, while the buses delivered on or after the date for statutory introduction of the Euro 5 limits in 2009 will feature the closed-loop CRTec® particulate filter and thus even meet the voluntary EEV standard. The gearbox is the automatic six-speed 6 HP 554 from ZF.
The new order follows up previous successes and will make MAN the second strongest brand in the RATP fleet, which is the largest in France and even today includes some 220 MAN buses. Rudi Kuchta, Managing Director of MAN Camion & Bus France for buses and coaches, commented on the order as follows: "We are very proud that we have been able to pull off our company's greatest success, and especially so because it concerns Paris. We regard this as a major proof of confidence in our organisation and our products and as clear confirmation for our strategy of focusing particularly on the city bus sector". Since 2002 MAN Camion & Bus France has boosted its share of the bus market from 3.7 per cent to 10.6 per cent, which is on a par with the market share for the MAN trucks. In 2007 alone the 650 units sold represented an increase of 15.8 per cent.
Delivery of the vehicles is to commence in 2008 and is scheduled for completion in 2010.