MAN Automotive launched its new commuter bus at this year's SABOA conference.

MAN Automotive launched its new commuter bus at this year’s SABOA conference.

The Southern African Bus Operators Association (SABOA) held its annual conference this week which highlighted progress in the sector and also saw the unveiling of the new, locally built MAN Automotive commuter bus.

Philip Kalil-Zackey, head of MAN Bus & Coach sales, said it was two decades of passenger transport expertise and input from its customers that has helped the company with its global developments and to produce the quality of busses it has to date.

Kalil-Zackey said the new bus has a “completely new bus body, with modern European styling, that includes the DNA requirements of arduous African operating conditions”. The bus was also said to boast features such as improved fuel efficiency through lower drag co-efficient, day-time running LED lights in the front and refined tail-lights in the rear which “enhance the appearance of the unit to a level never seen before on a commuter bus”.

MAN’s managing director Markus Greyer said the company was proud to expand its local production of commuter buses with a product that includes all previous USP’s, as well as having product engineers who were driving technological developments at an international level.

“The new generation of Lion’s Explorer bus bodies will have pride of place in our communities and will contribute to safe commuting like never before,” he said.

MAN said that having a locally produced product to showcase at the SABOA conference would enable a wide variety of industry stake-holders to share in a fantastic story, which they could all be proud of.

“This is just another example of our ongoing commitment to South Africa, world-class passenger transport companies situated here, and the result of teamwork between stake-holders enabling solutions which add value to our economy,” Kalil-Zackey said.