Mwasalat, a government-owned public transport firm in Oman has ordered 33 state-of-the-art MAN Lion’s Coaches from Arabian Engineering Services, MAN Truck & Bus’ official dealer in the country.
AES is managing the delivery process and will work closely with the national bus operator to ensure effective after-sales support for the coaches.
Mwasalat is the first company in the region to add to its fleet MAN’s safest-ever Lion’s Coaches that are equipped with advanced technology to reduce accidents, improve passenger comfort and ensure efficient and safe driving.
The emergency-braking MAN Lion’s Coaches feature Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Lane Guard System (LGS) as well as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) to replace the older Lion’s Coaches, which have more than 4,000,000 operated kilometers in Mwasalat’s fleet of public transport vehicles.
The Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) systems use radar and on-board cameras to detect the speed and distance of other vehicles ahead of the MAN Lion’s Coach on the road.
The vehicle automatically adjusts speed to ensure a safe distance is maintained at all times, and the Emergency Brake Assist will initiate braking if the driver fails to react to warnings of potential collisions.
Likewise, the Lane Guard System (LGS) will warn drivers if they are drifting out of their lane.
“With the delivery of our safest-ever Lion’s Coach, we have reiterated our commitment to supporting Mwasalat’s vision of encouraging the use of public transport to reduce congestion in the Sultanate’s roads by providing attractive, safe and environment-friendly mobility services,” said Franz von Redwitz, managing director, MAN Truck & Bus Middle East.
“The best-in-class Lion’s Coach will drive greater value to the company as the vehicle provides excellent total cost of ownership. Moreover, the MAN Lion’s Coaches are equipped with efficient safety technologies that will complement the government’s efforts to improve road safety by bringing down the number of accidents involving heavy vehicles,” he added.
The Lion’s City buses are already popular in several cities in the Middle East and around the world for their efficiency and economy. Owing to their high passenger capacity and low fuel consumption, the Lion’s City buses are well known for being cost-efficient.
Ahmed Ali Al Bulushi, CEO of Mwasalat, said: “The addition of the new safest-ever MAN Lion’s Coaches is part of Mwasalat’s efforts to extend our services in order to enhance connectivity in Oman. Furthermore, the first order of buses contributes immensely to the Sultanate’s 2017-2025 vision for public transport that envisages reducing cars on the road to ensure smooth commuting for the public and improving the environment by an extensive public transport network.”