MAN Lion’s City
The MAN Lion’s City is a range of low-floor and low-entry public buses built by German truck and bus manufacturer MAN Truck & Bus since 1996 primarily for the European market, but is also available in chassis-only variants worldwide.
The name Lion’s City has been used since 2006, when MAN’s public bus models which had been marketed separately were gathered into one range, when also most models received a facelift. The first models to be introduced were the 12-metre low-floor intercity bus NÜ xx3 (A20) in 1996, the 12-metre city bus NL xx3 (A21) in 1997 and the articulated NG xx3 (A23) in 1998.
As with former MAN bus models the power-rating made up part of the model name, giving the NÜ-series buses with power-ratings of 260 and 310 HP model names NÜ263 and NÜ313 respectively. The main production sites are in Starachowice and Sady in Poland, but the models have also been built in Germany, Turkey and Malaysia. Initially most of the midibus variants were manufactured by Göppel Bus in Augsburg, later Nobitz.
Models are available with a 6-cylinder turbocharged straight engine which runs on diesel, compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas. Versions with hydrogen fuel cell drive and with hydrogen internal combustion engines have been successfully tested, as well as diesel-electric hybrid drive.
A production hybrid-electric version, the Lion’s City Hybrid, which uses supercapacitors and two 67 kW electric motors is available since 2010. Hybrid electric buses offer increased efficiency in urban traffic and use 30% less fuel than combustion-only buses.
The latest generation of Neoplan Centroliner is based on the Lion’s City (Neoplan was also part of the Neoman Bus group).
Assembly: Augsburg (Germany)
Years of production: 1995—
Capacity: 65 passengers (33 seats)
Engine: 6 cylinders; 10,518 cc
Power: 220—360 HP
Max speed: 105 km/h
Weight: 16,560 kg