Delivery makes up manufacturer’s single largest deal for coaches in the kingdom
MAN Truck & Bus has delivered the largest order ever for its new Lion’s Coach in Saudi Arabia, providing 80 units to a customer in the kingdom.
A statement from the Munich headquartered commercial vehicles heavyweight said the delivery was a milestone in MAN’s journey in the Middle East, being the single largest deal for the new Lion’s Coaches in the country and the second one this year. MAN has already made a delivery in Saudi Arabia earlier, providing coaches in the beginning of 2020 to Al-Salem in the country – the first to a private customer in the Middle East region.
Joerg Mommertz, senior vice president and head of Sales Area Middle East, Africa and Latin America, MAN Truck & Bus, said: “This is a significant moment for us. We are happy with the confidence our customers have placed in our buses. Our commitment is to make the ownership enjoyable and profitable for customers by offering the best-in-class and we will work to deliver the best support.”
The statement added that the MAN Lion’s Coach, which was voted ‘Coach of the Year 2020’, combines “economic efficiency, comfort and practicality with innovative technology and timeless design”. Other distinguishing features include its handling on the road as well as a comprehensive range of convenience features. This coach comes equipped with safety solutions both for passengers and driver that have been developed by MAN engineers over the years.
The Lion’s coaches are powered by a six-cylinder diesel engine that conforms to EEV emission norms and delivers 440hp. They are also equipped with Automated MAN TipMatic 12 OD gearbox with retarder, air-conditioning system engineered for hot climates, driver assistance systems such as Electronic stability program (ESP), Lane Guard System (LGS), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Adaptive Cruise Control and ergonomic seating layout together with features like USB sockets for passenger seats, Advanced Multi Media Coach (MMC) and two LCD monitors.
Among safety solutions, the coaches feature a new, bigger glass skylight/emergency exit hatch with high UV filtration to protect passengers from the sun and with the added safety of an easier option for escape in case of emergency.
“The MAN Lion’s Coach is the vehicle that has constantly impressed for a number of years thanks to its high reliability and low fuel consumption – and a clear champion when it comes to total cost of ownership,” says Rudi Kuchta, head of Business Unit Bus at MAN Truck & Bus.