MAN to continue selling coaches in UK
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MAN has reconfirmed its intention to go on selling coaches in the highly competitive and uncertain British market by launching its 16.280110CL body-chassis in Glasgow last week.
The first rear-engined HOCL, with Berkhof Esprite body, is a high specification 12m long, 3.5m high 53seater with a centre-mounted toilet.
• The 1:36,90 0 chassis is powered by an upright MAN D2566 MTHD 1 1. 4 litre engine rated to produce 209kW (280hp) at 2,204rpm. It has a ZF S6.90 six-speed manual gearbox.
MAN exhibited the prototype at the premises of Beaufort Trucks in Glasgow where MAN-VW coach distributor Tony Andrew's PSV Sales staged an independent coach show. Exhibits also included Devon and Kennings-converted Volkswagen LT31 minibuses and a G. E. Smith Whippet-bodied midicoach.
A second HOCL is currently being bodied by Salvador Caetano in Portugal. Both are of semi-integral construction with the bodybuilder cutting the chassis in two and incorporating it in the body structure.
MAN was among the first of the European high specification coach manufacturers to launch a high specification rear-engined coach on to the British market.
Its SR280 integral was first seen in Britain in 1980 and has been replaced in Europe by the 5R362 and SR290 Illodels which are not yet available in right-hand drive