MAN A95 (ND323F)

MAN ND323F (A95)
SMRT MAN A95 Demonstrator
SMRT MAN A95 Demonstrator
Manufacturer MAN Truck And Bus
Bodywork MAN Lion’s City DD (Gemilang Coachworks)
Years in operation 2014- Present
Operators SMRT Buses
SBS Transit
Tower Transit
(Former)
Technical Data
Length 12 metre
12.8 metre (SG5999Z)
Engine MAN D2066 LUH-32
Transmission ZF EcoLife 6 AP 2000 B
Accessibility Low Floor & Wheelchair-accessible
Emission Standard Euro V (EGR)

The MAN A95 (ND323F / ND363F) is a fully-low-floor rear-engined double-decker transit bus chassis built by MAN Truck & Bus. As part of the MAN NDxx3F line of bus chassis, they are built only for right-hand drive markets.

SMRT Buses was the first local public transport operator to bring the MAN A95 to revenue service with a single demonstrator unit brought in for evaluation, followed by 16 more production batch units registered in late Aug 2015. Additional units have since been procured by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) under the Bus Contracting Model (BCM) and were registered with the SG-prefix.

All MAN A95 units operating in Singapore are of the ND323F make. In addition, a one-off concept bus was built for public showcase, which was in service with Tower Transit under a six-month trial.

On 20 July 2017, SBS Transit received its first MAN A95 bus under its fleet, registered as SG5835M.

Type Information:

The MAN A95 is a chassis designed off MAN’s popular urban bus line, the Lion’s City, which was only available with integral bodywork by MAN. The A95 is compatible various bodywork designs from other manufacturers.

While the original MAN A39 is available as a 13.73-metre left-hand drive (LHD) bus with integral MAN Lion’s City DD bodywork, the A95 is a right-hand drive (RHD) model shortened to 12 metres and without room for a third door located at the rear overhang. Delivered with the integrated bodywork from MAN, both the A39 and A95 can be referred to as the MAN Lion’s City DD.

Alternatively, the MAN A95 is designated as either the MAN ND323F or the MAN ND363F, to differentiate engine outputs of 320hp or 360hp respectively. The “D” in ND323F or ND363F refers to Doppeldeckerbus, or double-decker bus.

Technical Information:

MAN A95s come with the standard MAN D2066 LUH inline 6-cylinder, horizontally-mounted, turbocharged & inter-cooled engine, with a range of available power outputs of between 270 and 400 horsepower over Euro III to Euro V emission standards. For the Euro V rating, 320hp, 360hp and 400hp versions are available, along with a 2-stage turbocharger for high torque rating. The engine uses Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) technology and MAN’s own PM-Kat® exhaust treatment system to achieve its Euro V rating.

For transmission, the MAN A95 offers a ZF EcoLife 6-speed automatic transmission with integrated hydraulic retarder, featuring greater operating economy, longer service life, and higher temperature resistance for operation with Euro V compatible engines. Similar to other MAN urban buses, the ND323F chassis in manufactured and assembled in Salzgitter, Germany, with engines produced in Nuremberg.

Foreign Markets:

The MAN A95 may indicate MAN’s renewed interest in entering the right-hand drive market for double-decker bus chassis. Their MAN 24.310 model built for the Hong Kong market (around Year 2000) had seen slightly under 50 units being purchased and put into service.

Franchised bus companies Kowloon Motor Bus, New World First Bus and New Lantau Bus Co. have received MAN A95 units in 2015. Additionally, open-top MAN A95 units saw service with private operators as sightseeing buses.

Also check out the MAN A95 GalleryNew MAN A95 buses for SMRTNew MAN Lion’s City Facelift DD BusesLTA evaluates 3-door MAN Lion’s City DD Concept Bus and The making of a bus – MAN Lion’s City DD.


Bus Assembly

Main Article: The making of a bus – MAN Lion’s City DD

For a detailed write-up with more pictures, check out The making of a bus – MAN Lion’s City DD.


SMRT MAN A95 Demonstrator (Lion’s City DD) – SMB5888H

In 2014, SMRT Buses brought in a MAN A95 demonstrator unit for road testing and evaluation from MAN’s local dealer, ST Kinetics. The bus bore SMRT’s new pixel livery and the registration SMB5888H, registered on 01 October 2014.

Basic Technical Specifications
Engine MAN D2066 LUH-32, 10518cc
Twin-stage turbocharged & inter-cooled
Power/torque rating of 320 hp (235 kW) @ 1900 rpm / 1600 Nm @ 1000 – 1400 rpm
Emission Standard Euro V compliant
Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) technology and MAN’s PM-Kat® exhaust treatment system, hence doing away with the need for diesel exhaust fluids. Meets the Euro V emission standard.
Transmission ZF EcoLife 6 AP 2000 B gearbox, six-speed automatic
Bodywork MAN Lion’s City DD Bodywork
Chassis built in Germany, MAN’s Lion City DD bodywork supplied and assembled by Gemilang Coachworks, licensed by MAN.
EDS Mobitec MobiLED Electronic Display Signages (EDS)
Orange LED matrix design. Originally Aesys Libra, replaced in May 2016
Air-conditioning Denso rear-mounted air-conditioning unit

SMRT first announced its purchase of 201 new double-deck buses in March 2014. Following the large intake of Alexander Dennis Enviro500 units, SMB5888H is the second model of double deck bus brought in by SMRT, with a single unit brought in for evaluation purposes. The first announcement was made over SMRT’s official Facebook page on 25 Sep 2014, reporting that the bus was brought in for trial at the manufacturer’s request, for a year’s duration. This was part of SMRT’s ongoing effort to test out new bus models.

Similar to SMRT’s MAN NL323F buses, the bodywork was supplied and assembled by Gemilang Coachwork Sdn Bhd of Malaysia, licensed by MAN. The A95 chassis is modified from the original 13.7-metre A39 chassis which the bus (and its integral MAN Lion’s City DD bodywork) was previously available as the only option. The bus is Gemilang’s third double-deck transit bus in Singapore after SBS Transit’s Scania K310UD and Volvo B9TL prototype bodywork units, and thus very likely assembled at the Gemilang production/assembly plant at Senai, Johor Bahru.

The vehicle was registered on 01 October 2014 as SMB5888H. The bus featured Ster NewCity seats (similar to SBS7777Y), leaf doors (entrance) and sliding plug doors (exit) supplied by Masats, and adjustable ball-type air-conditioning vents. Electronic Destination Signage (EDS) was supplied by Aesys Libra (fitted with an Aesys KC640-USB controller), a new addition to the standard models of EDS units used on SMRT buses. It was replaced by a conventional Mobitec MobiLED unit in May 2016, in standardisation with the production batch MAN A95 buses.

Revenue service

SMB5888H made its revenue service debut on Wednesday, 5th November 2014, appearing on Service 190 (slot 190AP19) which additionally performs Short Trip Service 190A during the morning peak hours and a mid-route departure from Orchard Road (YMCA) towards Choa Chu Kang at night. Allocated to Kranji Bus Depot, the bus has appeared on numerous other services such as 61, 67, 106, 176, 188, 700/A, 868, 972, 983 and 985 as of Sep 2015, in part due to overzealous dispatchers at Kranji Depot.

Modifications

SMB5888H had its original Aesys Libra Electronic Display Signages (EDS) replaced with a conventional Mobitec MobiLED in May 2016, similar in appearance to the production batch buses.


Production Batch 1 — MAN A95 (Lion’s City DD) — SMB5889E – SMB5904U

A further purchase of sixteen Production Batch MAN A95s was initiated by SMRT Buses to increase its double-decker bus fleet, and in part due to the satisfactory trial of SMB5888H. These buses were registered between 31 August 2015 and 30 November 2015 as SMB5889E – SMB5904U, in numerical continuation after the demonstrator unit.

Basic Technical Specifications
Engine MAN D2066 LUH-32, 10518cc
Twin-stage turbocharged & inter-cooled
Power/torque rating of 320 hp (235 kW) @ 1900 rpm / 1600 Nm @ 1000 – 1400 rpm
Emission Standard Euro V compliant
Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) technology and MAN’s PM-Kat® exhaust treatment system, hence doing away with the need for diesel exhaust fluids. Meets the Euro V emission standard.
Transmission ZF EcoLife 6 AP 2000 B gearbox, six-speed automatic
Bodywork MAN Lion’s City DD Bodywork
Chassis built in Germany, MAN’s Lion City DD bodywork supplied and assembled by Gemilang Coachworks, licensed by MAN.
Additional Tree Guards mounted on upper deck.
EDS Mobitec MobiLED Electronic Display Signage (EDS)
Connected to a Mobitec MobiMASTER ICU 402 controller
Air-conditioning Denso rear-mounted air-conditioning unit

The Production Batch buses featured aesthetic changes such as a redesigned front and rear, including the addition of daylight running LEDs below the headlights, and a rearrangement of various components like the battery box and fuel tank.

These buses feature Mobitec MobiLED electronic display units similar to many other SMRT buses, along with tree guards on the upper deck, and Vogelsitze System 750/3 seats standardised with the MAN A22, MAN A24 and Enviro500 buses. The first unit, SMB5889E, was registered on 31 August 2015, and was a ‘design prototype’ for the next fifteen units.

The battery box is now housed below the bus driver’s compartment seat, like the MAN A22 buses, instead of below the staircase on SMB5888H. The fuel tank has also been moved from the rear axle to the staircase area. Starting with SMB5889E, the MAN A95 buses have an auto-shutoff feature which shuts down the engine after 5 minutes of idling in N gear.

Revenue Service

Allocated to Kranji Bus Depot, SMB5889H made its revenue service debut on Monday, 7 September 2015, appearing on Express Service 868. Following which, it was deployed on Service 700 on Tuesday, 8 September 2015.

The first of MAN A95 production batch buses (SMB5890A & SMB5891Y) were registered on 12 Oct 2015. These two buses made their revenue service debut on Thursday, 16 October 2015, on Services 188 and 190. These were followed by the remainder of the MAN A95 production batch.


Production Batch 2 — MAN A95 (Lion’s City DD) — SG5740C – SG5799J

Main Article:  New MAN A95 buses for SMRT and Buses with USB Charging Ports Hit The Roads!

As part of the Bus Contracting Model, a further purchase of sixty (60) more MAN A95 buses were purchased by the Land Transport Authority (LTA). These buses were registered between 14 April 2016 to 19 August 2016 as SG5740C – SG5799J, the first SG-plated MAN A95 buses.

Basic Technical Specifications
Engine MAN D2066 LUH-32, 10518cc
Twin-stage turbocharged & inter-cooled
Power/torque rating of 320 hp (235 kW) @ 1900 rpm / 1600 Nm @ 1000 – 1400 rpm
Emission Standard Euro V compliant
Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) technology and MAN’s PM-Kat® exhaust treatment system, hence doing away with the need for diesel exhaust fluids. Meets the Euro V emission standard.
Transmission ZF EcoLife 6 AP 2000 B gearbox, six-speed automatic
Bodywork MAN Lion’s City DD Bodywork
Chassis built in Germany, MAN’s Lion City DD bodywork supplied and assembled by Gemilang Coachworks, licensed by MAN.
EDS Mobitec MobiLED Electronic Display Signage (EDS)
Connected to a Mobitec MobiMASTER ICU 402 controller
Additional Specifications Denso rear-mounted air-conditioning unit
USB Charging Ports
New MAN A95 at Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange
New MAN A95 at Woodlands Regional Bus Interchange

These buses feature the exact same technical specifications as their SMRT counterparts, but without tree guards on the upper deck. Buses registered SG5790H onward are equipped with USB Charging Ports

At launch, all Batch 2 MAN A95 buses were leased to SMRT Buses for revenue service operations, to make up for the shortfall of double-deck buses after BSEP-registered Enviro500 buses were absorbed into the BCM bus pool and subsequently transferred to Tower Transit. 

Additional Specifications

At launch, these buses were painted in different liveries:

  • SG5740C – SG5754M: SMRT Buses’ pixel livery
  • SG5755K – SG5782G: LTA’s Lush Green livery (darker shade of green, black painted front)
  • SG5783D – SG5799J: LTA’s Lush Green livery (lighter shade of green, green painted front)

Also for reasons unknown, a Bright Red MAN A95 was delivered to Singapore before being repainted.


Production Batch 3 — MAN A95 (Lion’s City DD) — SG5800M onwards

Main Article: New MAN Lion’s City Facelift DD Buses

To further increase the Bus Contracting Model bus pool, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) purchased a further 122 more MAN A95 buses. These buses were registered as SG5800M onwards from 2 February 2017, with deliveries expected to be completed before January 2018.

Basic Technical Specifications
Engine MAN D2066 LUH-32, 10518cc
Twin-stage turbocharged & inter-cooled
Power/torque rating of 320 hp (235 kW) @ 1900 rpm / 1600 Nm @ 1000 – 1400 rpm
Emission Standard Euro V compliant
Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) technology and MAN’s PM-Kat® exhaust treatment system, hence doing away with the need for diesel exhaust fluids. Meets the Euro V emission standard.
Transmission ZF EcoLife 6 AP 2000 B gearbox, six-speed automatic
Bodywork MAN Lion’s City DD Bodywork
Chassis built in Germany, MAN’s Lion City DD bodywork supplied and assembled by Gemilang Coachworks, licensed by MAN.
EDS Mobitec MobiLED Electronic Display Signage (EDS)
Connected to a Mobitec MobiMASTER ICU 402 controller
Additional Specifications Denso rear-mounted air-conditioning unit
USB Charging Ports (with covers)
Gemilang Coachworks - Completed MAN A95 buses
Gemilang Coachworks – Completed MAN A95 buses

The exterior styling of the bus bears new styling elements, most notably the large grey stripe on both sides of the bus. The bus also adopted modifications to the head and rear design, such as larger headlights and a brand new rear design. A similar face-lifted design was used on LTA’s prototype MAN Lion’s City DD Mock-Up, which was first showcased in March 2016. Buses registered after SG5835M received a modified rear design.

The interior of the bus is very similar to the Batch 2 buses, but with plastic covers over USB Charging Ports, preventing the accumulation of dust and minimising the risk of accidental damage. 

The first two units from this batch, SG5800M & SG5801K, were registered on 2 February 2017 and leased to SMRT Buses upon registration. On the evening of 14 February 2017, the first two units of the Batch 3 MAN A95 (SG5800M and SG5801K) buses made their revenue service debut on Bus Service 190 and Bus Service 972 respectively.

SBS Transit received its first MAN A95 bus registered as SG5835M on 20 July 2017. The bus features an automatic wheelchair ramp at the rear door. The RT1 Dual Telescopic Ramp is supplied by Spanish company Masats (who also supplies the door systems for the MAN A95 buses) and is electrically operated. Check out Launch of SBS Transit MAN A95 with Auto Ramp.

Subsequently, more MAN A95 buses were leased to SBS Transit.

Also check out: New MAN Lion’s City Facelift DD Buses


MAN Lion’s City DD L Mock-up Bus

See also: MAN Lion’s City DD L Mock-up BusLTA evaluates 3-door MAN Lion’s City DD Concept Bus

A prototype MAN A95 in Lush Green made its debut appearance at LTA’s Our Bus Journey Carnival at Ngee Ann City. The bus is one of two concept buses commissioned by LTA to provide the public with a glimpse of how buses would look like in the future, the other being an Alexander Dennis Enviro500 MMC (2015 Facelift).

The concept bus features three doors and two staircases, with new features such as seats with headrests, USB charging ports, stylish interior lighting and a Passenger Information Display. For more information, visit the MAN Lion’s City DD L Mock-up Bus article.

From 13 March 2017, the bus embarked on revenue service trials on Bus Service 143, operated by Tower Transit Singapore. It marked the start of a six-month trial by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to evaluate the suitability of such a bus design for Singapore’s use. For more information, visit the LTA evaluates 3-door MAN Lion’s City DD Concept Bus article.


MAN A95
Registration Engine Gearbox Introduced Retired Bodywork
SMB5888H MAN D2066 LUH-33 ZF EcoLife 6 AP 2000 B 2014 MAN Lion’s City DD / Gemilang Coachworks
SMB5889E – SMB5904U 2015 MAN Lion’s City DD / Gemilang Coachworks
SG5740C – SG5799J 2016 MAN Lion’s City DD / Gemilang Coachworks
SG5800M onwards 2017 MAN Lion’s City DD / Gemilang Coachworks
SG5999Z 2017 MAN Lion’s City DD / Gemilang Coachworks

Gallery (Revenue service):

For more images, visit the MAN A95 Gallery


Video Tour of bus interior

Bus Model

Knackstop MAN A95 bus model - Original packaging and unpackaged bus
Knackstop MAN A95 bus model – Original packaging and unpackaged bus
Main Article: MAN A95 bus models launched by Knackstop

On 21 June 2017, Knackstop launched the “Singapore Bus Model”, featuring a Lush Green MAN A95 bus. Marketed as the “Singapore Bus Model”, the bus is decorated with the Lush Green livery and SG<3BUS decals, but without any operator logo.

Knackstop, a retail arm set up by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), sells a collection of public transport-inspired keepsakes and souvenirs. The “Singapore Bus Model” is its first die-cast bus model to be put on sale, retailing at $92.


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10 thoughts on “MAN A95 (ND323F)

  • 28 October 2017 at 6:06 PM
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    Later batches more likely to post to SBS. A small number had gone to BN,HG and SL besides SE/AMK. for fleet upgrades.

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  • 25 July 2017 at 5:25 PM
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    Dont Put the Sbstransit Man A95s in Bedok North Depot please

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  • 25 July 2017 at 5:22 PM
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    DONT PUT THE SBSTRANSIT MAN A95s in Bedok North Depot

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