Caetano City Gold CNG

Photo: Enzo Rodrigues

The Caetano City Gold is a series of low-floor, single-decker bus bodywork designs produced by Salvador Caetano since 1997. As of 2022, the City Gold has been launched with diesel, compressed natural gas (CNG), hydrogen fuel cell and full electric powertrains.

The first vehicles in the City Gold range entered service in Barcelona (Spain) in 1997; these were constructed on Mercedes-Benz O405N chassis, featuring Mercedes’ own front end design. These were followed by examples constructed on MAN NLxx3F chassis, featuring MAN’s own front end design.

Then in 2012, the City Gold range was launched in right-hand drive markets for the first time, with the launch of the CitySmart midibus on MAN 14.240 diesel-powered chassis in the United Kingdom. With the cessation of production of the MCV Evolution and Plaxton Centro and with Alexander Dennis no longer willing to provide the ADL Enviro200 on MAN chassis, the CitySmart was at this time the only bodywork available for the 14.240, which otherwise would have exited the British market at this point. A single demonstration vehicle was completed in April 2012 and registered by MAN Truck & Bus at their Swindon dealership.

Specifications

Manufacturer: Salvador Caetano

Assembly: Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal)

Years of production: 1997–

Length: 11.995 mm

Width: 2.500 mm

Height: 3.058 mm

Passenger capacity: 35 (seated)

Chassis: MAN 18.270

Power: 150 HP

Maximum speed: 70 km/h

Range: 400 km (250 mi)

Weight: 12.3 t

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