DB Regio Bus and MAN Truck & Bus have signed a framework agreement concerning up to 815 local and regional buses. Accordingly, Germany's largest bus transport company will be ordering up to 435 city and intercity buses worth around Euro 100 million in 2015 and 2016. For 2017 and 2018, DB Regio Bus has an option for a further 380 vehicles worth around Euro 90 million.
The framework agreement concerns especially modern city and intercity buses of the MAN Lion's City, MAN Lion's City Ü and MAN Lion's City G/GÜ types in various vehicle lengths and in easy access, low-floor versions. All vehicles are equipped with powerful, fuel-saving Euro 6 engines. The buses also feature topography-dependent gearbox control, which further reduces fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. On journeys, this system automatically activates the most efficient gearshift programme, depending on whether it is on an uphill or downhill stretch.
"This order confirms that our buses and our service fully meet operators' high expectations in terms of reliability and economy," says Heinz-Jürgen Löw, Director of Sales and Marketing, MAN Truck & Bus. "We are looking forward to continuing our partnership of many years' standing with Germany's largest bus operator, DB Regio Bus." MAN Truck & Bus and Deutsche Bahn have enjoyed an excellent business relationship for several decades now. Across Germany, Deutsche Bahn uses around 2,000 vehicles made by MAN and NEOPLAN.
DB Regio Bus is responsible for the regional bus and urban transport operations of Deutsche Bahn. These include a network of 22 bus companies and interests in more than 70 transport companies and associations throughout Germany. The company is the largest provider in Germany's bus transport market.