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MAN to manufacture TORSUS skeleton chassis model

MAN has reached an agreement with partner TORSUS to manufacture a heavy-duty chassis at its global factory in Poland

In global news, MAN Truck & Bus has reached an agreement with heavy-duty off-road bus brand TORSUS to manufacture the latter’s Praetorian skeleton chassis.

The agreement comes after TORSUS has worked closely with MAN since 2017 to develop the Praetorian off-road bus model.

The chassis will now be manufactured at MAN’s 300,000 sqm advanced manufacturing facility that already produces plenty of global bus models.

TORSUS says the Praetorian skeleton will now be produced carefully to meet customer needs through a 2,700-strong skilled workforce at MAN’s site.

“We’re extremely proud to build on our longstanding relationship with MAN Truck & Bus for our flagship vehicle in the Praetorian,” TORSUS chief strategy officer Yulia Khomych says.

“Since 2017, we’ve been working very closely with them to develop the world’s toughest off-road bus and we’re delighted to continue our cooperation with this new agreement.

“MAN is the expert in producing high-quality buses and coaches of all kinds and the skeleton chassis they’ll build for our Praetorians will be stronger and stiffer than ever before. We couldn’t wish for a better collaboration partner to develop the best heavy-duty off-road bus.”

MAN will use similar processes and techniques that they use for their own buses on the Praetorian, including protective gases that will be utilised during the precision welding process of the chassis’ skeleton before it undergoes cataphoretic painting for corrosion protection.

MAN will then complete varnishing and finishing with a final coat of paint to ensure it’s at the highest quality possible before heading to TORSUS’ factory in Slovakia for final assembly.

The Praetorian is designed to transport up to 35 people and is designed for the harshest environments, with the bus based on an upgraded, heavy-duty MAN TGM chassis.

This tough bus will be manufactured at MAN’s Starachowice plant in Poland that produces more than 1,600 buses and 520 other bus chassis per year.

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