Photography by: courtesy Penske

BREAKING: Penske Commercial Vehicles’ MAN bus team - together with Bus and Coach Sales Australasia (BCSA) and body builder Bonluck - will unveil the ‘MAN President’ at the 2019 BusVic Expo and Maintenance Conference, in Melbourne, 1-2 October, it’s been announced.

With sharp modern looks, a 1,400mm floor line, 11m3 of luggage capacity, and MAN’s proven quality, reliability and efficiency underneath, it is an ideal solution for day charter or coach applications, according to Penske.

The MAN President will soon have company in the form of an entry-level Senator bus range, which is a well-equipped school or charter bus for operators seeking a price-conscious yet highly reliable solution - without needing to compromise on the underpinning MAN quality, it explains.   

Both the President and Senator are built on the well-established IC 19.320 RR8 chassis from MAN’s modular Lion’s Chassis range, which features MAN’s 10.5-litre, 320hp, urea-free D20 city bus power plant. It delivers 1,600Nm from as low as 1,000rpm, the company states.

Matched to a six-speed ZF Ecolife transmission it provides move-off confidence in mixed or challenging traffic conditions that, "…far exceeds the competition," Penske states.



"MAN was seeking to establish a locally represented and supported high-floor bus product that offered improved lead times and design flexibility to accommodate customer requirements, and at an attractive price point," said Clint Stoermer, national sales and service manager – bus at Penske Commercial Vehicles.

"By coming together with BCSA and Bonluck, we have been able to achieve this. 

"Additionally, flexible body and seating design options are available to suit, so whether operators require a cost-effective school bus in the Senator, or a premium President option, both ranges have solutions to suit all.

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"MAN’s IC 19.320 RR8 chassis boasts fully integrated safety features and the latest in commercial vehicle technology, including electronic stability program (ESP), electrically controlled air suspension (ECAS), electronic braking system (EBS), and MAN’s ‘brakematic’ feature, which enables downhill driving speed to be set by cruise control or the brake pedal - to hold a constant speed by automatically activating the retarder," he explained. 

"Furthermore, options include driver assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control (ACC), emergency brake assist (EBA), and lane guard system (LGS).  

"Together with a relaxing and whisper-quiet environment, exceptional performance and handling, outstanding fuel efficiency, and generous maintenance intervals, the stylish and maintenance-friendly President and Senator ranges are the ultimate solutions for school and charter applications," Stoermer explained.



MAN’s IC 19.320 chassis also offers a right or ‘clean side’ cooling package with adjustment-free hydrostatic fan drive plus an adjustment-free engine-mounted air conditioning compressor belt drive. This eliminates noise, vibration, and maintenance burdens associated with alternate designs, the company states.

The President will be offered with MAN’s premium coach-comfort suspension package, which comprises independent front suspension with stabiliser and a wide air spring track rear suspension with stabiliser.

The Senator will be offered with MAN’s durable rigid front axle and standard drive axle suspension with stabiliser.

According to the company, with these two options MAN is delivering chassis and body combinations to suit the full breadth of customer budgetary and application requirements.

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