MAN city buses provide efficient local public transport in Vladivostok

MAN Truck & Bus delivers 50 Lion's City vehicles to the Russian port city.

In the course of modernising Vladivostok's local public transport service, the Russian city's Administrative Council has ordered 50 MAN city buses. The first vehicles were delivered to the municipal transport company VPOPAT-1 in December 2011 and are already doing duty on the city's regular-service routes. At the ceremonial handover in Vladivostok city center, guests - including Russia's Vice Premier Igor Schuvalov, Sergej Darkin, Governor of Primurye and Mayor Igor Puschkarjov - were able to appreciate the benefits of the new buses for themselves during an hour's test drive.

The yellow-painted MAN Lion's City low-entry low-floor city buses are just 12 metres long and comply with the highest safety, environmental and efficiency standards. The modern vehicles are driven by 280-hp MAN common-rail diesel engines that fulfil the requirements of the Euro 4 exhaust-gas standard. A powerful air-conditioning system maintains a pleasant temperature on board. The MAN Lion's City has space for up to one hundred passengers and is suitable for mobility-challenged persons with, for example, a wheelchair ramp making for easier boarding and exiting. The modern equipment of the buses with satellite navigation systems, free WiFi and the automatic announcement of stops means that their passengers enjoy a first-class travel experience. Drivers and technicians were given comprehensive training on the buses, which can be serviced as required in the newly-opened Service Center located in the Vladivostok bus depot itself.

Russia is an important sales market in the framework of the MAN Truck & Bus international growth strategy. The decision of Vladivostok's Administrative Council to acquire MAN Lion's City vehicles is a further significant step for MAN Truck & Bus on its way to establishing itself on the Russian market as a manufacturer of commercial vehicles.