TURKEY MAN is to supply 250 CNGfuelled Lion’s City G articulated buses to Turkish operator EGO-Ankara. 50 of the buses, the first natural-gas-powered articulated buses to enter service in Turkey, are to be delivered by September 2012, followed by 25 vehicles every month until the order is fulfilled by summer 2013. EGO-Ankara also has the option of another 50 buses.
In the early 90s, EGO-Ankara started converting a large part of its fleet to gas to improve air quality and with 1,090 MAN Lion’s Classic vehicles, the company runs the world’s biggest fleet of gas-powered buses.
The 18-metre long articulated buses, produced in MAN’s Turkish plant in Ankara, are to be equipped with four doors and a fold-out access ramp at Door 2. They have 36 seats and standing room for 116 passengers. The driveline consists of the 310bhp E28 CNG engine and ZF EcoLife six-speed automatic transmission with topographydependent TopoDyn Life transmission control as standard. Fire-extinguishing systems installed in the engine compartment ensure high safety standards. Nine aluminium gas-storage tanks, each with a capacity of 205 litres, are located on the roof.