ISRAEL Israeli bus companies Metropoline and Egged have ordered a total of 173 MAN chassis for domestic passenger transport from MAN importer AET Automotive Equipment and Trucks L.P.
The Metropoline order comprises 110 chassis, 90 of which are coach chassis. With independent wheel suspension on the front axle, MAN says they offer a very high level of ride comfort. They feature the eco-friendly EEVcompliant D20 engine. The other 20 chassis are the low-entry variant and are equipped with EEV D08 engines.
Metropoline has signed eightand 10-year service contracts respectively for all these vehicles. Bodywork will be completed by local builder Ha‘argaz.
The delivery to the Egged company comprises 63 lowfloor citybus chassis with EEV-compliant D20 engines, 10 of which are articulated.
Both orders will be delivered to the local body builders by August 2013.
Egged Israel Transport Cooperative Society Ltd is the biggest bus operator in Israel: with a fleet of around 3,000 vehicles it transports nearly a million people each day.
The company has more than 6,000 employees and its fleet contains over 1,400 MAN vehicles.
Formed in 2000, Metropoline transports around 23 million passengers annually with a fleet totalling more than 360 vehicles. With 20 urban routes in Beer Sheva and approximately 200 employees, the annual number of trips carried out by the transport company tops 600,000.