MAN Truck & Bus has received a very special order from Morocco: It comprises the delivery of 89 city bus chassis and 11 articulated buses of type MAN Lion’s City 18, a premiere for the North African country! What’s more, the order proves beyond doubt that the new generation of city buses is also perfectly suitable for markets outside Europe. As of next year, a total of 100 vehicles will be taking locals and visitors to Kenitra and the surrounding region from A to B in a safe, reliable and luxurious manner. The order includes 89 low-floor RC3 bus chassis and 11 Lion’s City articulated buses with a low-floor step unit and a length of 18 metres. The chassis and complete buses will be delivered over the course of 2021.
The 18 metre long city buses in the new MAN Lion’s City generation are fitted with an automatic gearbox and 330 hp 243 kW D15 engine. They also feature a series of innovative safety assistants. Abundant space, comfortable seats and efficient air-conditioning systems make for a luxurious experience, no matter the time of year. The buses are manufactured at the Starachowice production site in Poland, the MAN competence centre for the production of low-floor city buses and bus chassis.
The 89 low floor RC3 bus chassis are 12 metres long and are also earmarked for Kenitra. They are powered by 290 hp 213 kW D08 engines. They are also fitted with state-of-the-art automatic gearboxes that promise a smooth ride. Local manufacturer Irizar Maroc will be responsible for the superstructure.
In addition to the progressive technology and quality that set MAN buses apart, Sefamar’s outstanding performance in terms of service and After Sales was also a decisive factor in the awarding of the contract. A five-year maintenance contract has been agreed for the entire fleet.
Kenitra is located some 50 km north of Rabat and, with a population of over 400,000, is one of the most important cities in Morocco. It is best known as the agricultural capital of Morocco.