By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: couretsy Penske Australia

BREAKING: The first of a 15-bus MAN-chassis fleet to Queensland-based Surfside Buslines has started, with the Bustech and Volgren-bodied units due for service on the Gold Coast and in the NSW Tweed Shire, local distributor Penske Australia reports.

“We are confident that these buses will be well accepted by the team at Surfside Buslines and members of the public,” said Crinel Geaboc [centre], head of bus and coach at Penske Australia. [L+R] : John Schneider, technical support rep Bus, Mark Nichols – regional sales manager MAN Bus.

According to the company, the 15 MAN LE 19.320 Euro 5 route buses are low entry and low floor ensuring, "…great accessibility along with unparalleled comfort for drivers and passengers." 

With the first unit delivered on 24 August, 2020, the remainder of the units are scheduled for delivery between now and the end of the year, the company explains.

"MAN Truck & Bus and Penske Australia have a long-standing relationship with Surfside Buslines’ sister company SkyBus in Australia and New Zealand, so it’s fantastic to be able to extend our partnership to Surfside Buslines, now part of Kinetic Group," said Crinel Geaboc, head of bus and coach at Penske Australia.

"Surfside Buslines was looking for a low-entry solution that was very reliable, fuel efficient, and high performing with outstanding service intervals, and the LE 19.320 Euro 5 delivers exactly that.

"At 320hp, the Euro 5 engine is powerful yet economical and whisper-quiet making it ideal for highly-populated areas.

"This 4x2 RC2 configuration has a favourably high gross vehicle mass of 19 tonnes and comes with an electronically-controlled air suspension and an electronic braking system.

"We are confident that these buses will be well accepted by the team at Surfside Buslines and members of the public," Geaboc explained.



Penske Australia is a leading supplier of the world’s finest heavy-duty trucks, diesel engines, gas engines, and power systems.

Distributing the Western Star Trucks, MAN Truck & Bus, Dennis Eagle, MTU, Detroit, and Allison Transmission brands, the company operates across the most dynamic markets including on-highway and various off-highway industries such as mining, power generation, construction and industrial, rail, marine, oil and gas, agriculture, and defence, it states.

Penske Australia also represents aftermarket products from leading oil, coolant, and filter brands, it confirms.

It is also the appointed retail dealer of these brands across select locations providing full retail sales, service, and parts functions, it says.

With more than 950 employees, the company is, "…committed to providing the most comprehensive 24/7 after-sales support through a network of strategically located branches and field locations, and more than 100 dealers," it adds. 

Penske Australia is wholly owned by international transportation services company, Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: PAG), and operates independently to service its customer base.


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