Penske Commercial Vehicles, the Australian distributor for MAN, is shaping up for a big Melbourne Bus Expo this week with its MAN bus team set to unveil the new MAN ‘President’.

The new President is aimed at day charter or coach applications and boasts sharp modern looks, with a 1,400 mm floor line, an 11 cubic metre  of luggage capacity and MAN’s reputation for  quality, reliability and efficiency.

MAN says the new  President will soon be joined by the entry level ‘Senator’ range which will be a well-equipped school or charter bus for operators seeking a well priced, reliable solution with MAN quality.

MAN says  that both the President and Senator are built on theIC 19.320 RR8 chassis from MAN’s modular Lion chassis range that features MAN’s 10.5 litre, 320 hp, D20 city bus power plant which delivers  1,600 Nm of torque from as low as 1,000 rpm.

Its matched to a six-speed ZF transmission providing strong acceleration from stopped   in mixed or challenging traffic conditions.

“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. By coming together with BCSA and Bonluck, we have been able to achieve this,” said Clint Stoermer, national sales and service manager – bus for Penske Commercial Vehicles.

“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.

“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 that enables downhill driving speed to be set by cruise control or the brake pedal, to hold a constant speed by automatically activating the retarder.

“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.”

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. Thus eliminating noise, vibration, and maintenance burdens that are associated with alternate designs.

The President will be offered with MAN’s premium coach comfort suspension package that 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. With these two options, MAN is delivering chassis and body combinations to suit the full breadth of customer budgetary and application requirements.