Robust transportation in South Africa
MAN Truck & Bus South Africa introduces two new buses
As the market leader in the South African market, MAN used this year’s conference of the Southern African Bus Operators Association (SABOA) to present two new vehicles for demanding applications.
The MAN Lion’s Explorer on the MAN HB 3 chassis is expected to stand up well to the challenging topography of the routes. The D 20 engine with 350 hp (257 kW) will provide the required drive. The bus built at the MAN plant in Olifantsfontein seats 65.
On their trade fair stand, MAN Truck & Bus South Africa also showcased a CLA chassis produced in India with a Marco Polo body. Due to its robustness and positioning in the budget segment, this vehicle can be used specifically by companies in rural areas which operate cross country and school transport almost exclusively on unsurfaced roads. The CLA had already proved itself in these tough operating conditions in field trials months ago.
“We are very satisfied with the test results so far. The CLA chassis has therefore proved itself as a product able to support the growth strategy of MAN in sub-equatorial Africa”, commented Markus Geyer, CEO MAN Truck & Bus South Africa at the SABOA conference in Johannesburg. Approximately 400 people attended the conference, and at the accompanying trade fair was an opportunity to find out about issues covering public transport at more than 50 stands.