Monday 6 July 2020
Vantura Systems


Major order for NEOPLAN citybuses from Dubai


The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of the Arabian Emirate of Dubai has ordered nearly 400 NEOPLAN city buses, to be delivered mostly in 2008. The value of the order is put in the triple-digit million region. The order was won for the NEOMAN Bus Group by Dubai-based by the local importer United Motors & Heavy Equipm ent Co. and marks a milestone in the international growth strategy of the MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Group.

The buses to be delivered are all low-floor and with wheelchair ramps of the type NEOPLAN Centroliner with MAN D20 common-rail Euro 4 engines and MAN PUREdiesel technology, new to the desert nation as is the modern low-floor design with a kneeling function. 170 of the some 400 buses will be newly developed Centroliner DD double-deckers, which are about 4.3 meters high and consequently offer much appreciated headroom on the upper deck too (seating for 49 upstairs and 28 downstairs). The vehicles will all be built at the German NEOPLAN works in Plauen and Pilsting. The order also includes 150 Centroliner GL articulated buses with a length of 18.75 meters and seating for 48 persons. NEOMAN is the only producer offering this maximum-length articulated bus. The order is completed by 75 Centroliner solo buses with seating for 34 persons. The works in Poland and Salzgitter are a proven combination in producing these low-floor single-deckers.

The order is part of the complete restructuring of Dubai’s Public Transport system with its 2.6 million inhabitants, and also aims at longterm service cooperation with the producer. The bus fleet is to be doubled within five years (to 1200 buses in 2008 and 1900 by the end of 2009), expanding the public transport network by some 30%. This will also involve building ultra-modern bus depots, capable of handling as many as 250 buses.

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