MAN wins order from Berlin transport authority BVG for 200 more Lion’s City DD double-deckers

The Berlin transport authority Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) has ordered a further 200 MAN Lion's City DD for urban transport in Berlin to follow the 200 already delivered by the end of 2007. Worth some 80 million euros, this new order is to be completed by 2010. The two new delivery batches continue the almost one hundred years of cooperation between the BVG and MAN Nutzfahrzeuge and previously with Büssing: more than 80 years ago the Büssing company was already supplying three-axle chassis for public transport in Berlin.

These MAN Lion’s City DD are part of the new generation of completely low-floor double-deckers for Berlin that have been plying the city's streets since 2004. All double-deckers are 13.70 metres long and carry up to 128 passengers (83 seated, 45 standing) on three axles. With a headroom of 1,920 mm on the lower deck and 1,700 mm upstairs and 700 mm between the seats the interior conveys a generous impression of space that is already apparent in the two wide staircases at the front and – particularly – at the rear.

Underscored by dynamic lines and modern stylistic elements, the all-of-a-piece design with smooth faces for easy cleaning inside and out presents a welcoming yet self-assured appearance. The dynamic forms reflect the product's higher quality level and give passengers a sure feeling of safety and dependability. In 2006 the Lion's City DD won the renowned IF Award for its extremely high-class design.

Entered through three wide plug doors, the light and friendly interior can be put to good use thanks to the low floor from front to back. Two folding ramps (905 mm) also ensure that wheelchair users and parents with prams have no trouble boarding the bus, and the standing area opposite the centre door covers 7.5 square metres – , enough for two wheelchairs or prams. It goes without saying that the requirements of the bus directive 2001/85/EC, which places particular emphasis on equipment to permit use by the disabled, are met.

Each double-decker is powered by a horizontally installed six-cylinder Euro 4 enginesrated at 310 hp (MAN D20 Common Rail) with electronically monitored CRTec® particulate filter; from 2009 they will even have (320 hp) engines that comply with the EEV standard. With its additive-free MAN PURE DIESEL technology MAN has assumed a special position on the market, as no other bus manufacturer can at present offer anything comparable in this rating category. The power is transmitted by a four-speed automatic gearbox from Voith that is distinguished by its low weight and improved diagnostic facilities.

As before, the vehicles will be built at the NEOPLAN plants in Plauen and Pilsting (Germany). Deliveries are scheduled to start in the course of 2008.

These MAN Lion’s City DD are part of the new generation of completely low-floor double-deckers for Berlin that have been plying the city's streets since 2004.

The new MAN Lion's City DD has been delivered 200 times to the city of Berlin until 2007. At the same time the deal for 200 more vehicles has been fixed to be delivered until 2010. MAN and its predecessor company Buessing deliver such buses and Chassis since more than 80 years.