MAN Truck & Bus South Africa recently delivered 150 new city buses to Durban Transport. Both the chassis and the body were supplied by MAN. The 12-metre-long buses were assembled at the MAN plant in Olifantsfontain. The city buses are on MAN RR8 and RR9 high-floor chassis equipped with a Euro 5 engine rated at 320 hp (235 kW) and a six-gear automatic gearbox. They are fitted with the ESP program and electronic brake system with ABS and ASR.

“The operator wanted high-floor chassis that would enable taller boarding platforms to be served as well”, says Gary Aliphon, Bus Fleet Manager at MAN Truck & Bus South Africa. “Another priority for the operator was the use of anti-corrosive materials in the vehicle due to the coastal climate.”

The vehicles’ engine cooling system was also modified and improved with the aim of enabling it to continue operating reliably, even on the sweltering summer days experienced in Durban.

Customised to Durban Transport’s specifications, the buses have a cutting-edge design which also improves their aerodynamics. The vehicles’ LED daytime running lights are a striking external feature and also help to ensure outstanding visibility. On board there is a generous seat spacing for the comfort of passengers. Drivers were also kept in mind with the instruments arranged such that all important information is visible quickly at a glance. Another neat feature is the fibreglass construction of the side panels, which reduces the buses’ gross weight. Their reduced weight and improved aerodynamic properties make MAN vehicles very eco-friendly while reducing fuel consumption and maintenance costs at the same time.

150 MAN city buses for Durban Transport 2020