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
Tower Transit
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 is in service with Tower Transit under a six-month trial.

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 boosted 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

Gemilang Coachworks - Assembled MAN A95 Facelift buses and chassis in storage, awaiting delivery to Singapore
Gemilang Coachworks – Assembled MAN A95 Facelift buses and chassis in storage, awaiting delivery to Singapore

MAN A95 buses are manufactured by Gemilang Coachworks in Johor, Malaysia. Similar in appearance to MAN’s integral ‘Lion’s City Hybrid DD‘ in the European market, the design is built under license by Gemilang. The bus chassis is manufactured in Germany, before being shipped to Malaysia for body assembly. After complete assembly and inspection, buses are driven from Gemilang’s plant to Singapore.

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 bears 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 rating of 320 hp (235 kW) at 1900 rpm
Torque rating of 1600 Nm @ 1000 – 1400 rpm
Emission Standard Euro V compliant
Exhaust Gas Re-circulation (EGR) technology and MAN’s PM-Kat® exhaust treatment system, hence doing away with the need for diesel exhaust fluids and achieving the 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), Masats leaf doors (entrance) and sliding plug doors (exit), and adjustable air-conditioning outlets. 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. Deployed on the 190AP19 slot, the bus operates throughout the day, while additionally performing Short Working Trip 190A during the morning peak hours and a down-route 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. 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 in some ways was a ‘prototype’ for the next fifteen units.

The battery box is now housed below the bus captain’s 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 has an auto-shutoff feature which shuts down the engine after 5 minutes of idling in N gear.

Basic Technical Specifications
Engine MAN D2066 LUH-32, 10518cc
Twin-stage turbocharged & inter-cooled
Power rating of 320 hp (235 kW) at 1900 rpm
Torque rating of 1600 Nm @ 1000 – 1400 rpm
Emission Standard Euro V compliant
Exhaust Gas Re-circulation (EGR) technology and MAN’s PM-Kat® exhaust treatment system, hence doing away with the need for diesel exhaust fluids, and achieving the 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.
Tree Guards mounted on upper deck.
EDS Mobitec MobiLED Electronic Display Signages (EDS)
Connected to a Mobitec MobiMASTER ICU 402 controller
Air-conditioning Denso rear-mounted air-conditioning unit

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.

Additional Features


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, 60 more MAN A95 buses have been purchased by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in addition to SMRT’s initial order of 16 units. They feature the exact same technical specifications as their SMRT counterparts, but without tree guards on the upper deck. All specifications are identical to that of SMRT Production Batch buses with the exception of tree guards on the upper deck.

Currently, BCM MAN A95 units are registered with SG-prefixed registration plates and leased to SMRT Buses for revenue service operations, to make up for the shortfall off double-deck buses after BSEP-registered Enviro500 buses were absorbed into the GCM bus pool and subsequently transferred to Tower Transit. Also for reasons unknown, a Bright Red MAN A95 was delivered to Singapore before being repainted.

Buses registered SG5790H onward are equipped with USB Charging Ports.

Charging Ports for the Upper Deck front row seats.
Charging Ports for the Upper Deck front row seats.

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

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

In September 2016, LTA purchased yet another 122 more MAN A95 buses to increase its pool of buses as part of the Bus Contracting Model. These buses are slated to hit the roads in 2017 and are likely to be equipped with USB Charging Ports as well.

Following an initial order of 60 units in 2015, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore placed a new order with the local importer STK for 122 of these compact but surprisingly spacious double-deckers, intended for use in service in urban transportation. The chassis will be supplied before the end of 2016, with the complete buses to be delivered in 2017.

The first two units from this batch, SG5800M & SG5801K, were registered on 02 Feb 2017 and leased to SMRT Buses Ltd upon registration. They feature a face-lifted design with aesthetic modifications to the front and rear, but similar specifications for the interior. 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.

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 SMRT Bus Service 190 and SMRT Bus Service 972 respectively.

Check out: New MAN Lion’s City Facelift DD Buses

Further reading: The Lion is Roaring in Singapore – MAN Global Corporate Website


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

Gallery (Revenue service):

A95 production line at Gemilang Coachworks, Malaysia
A95 production line at Gemilang Coachworks, Malaysia

For more images, visit the MAN A95 Gallery


Video Tour of bus interior

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4 thoughts on “MAN A95 (ND323F)

  • 13 January 2017 at 7:08 PM
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    I hope LTA is wise enough to force Go Ahead to take at least 15 units of A95

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    • 22 April 2017 at 4:32 PM
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      Or the successful tenderer of Seletar Bus Package, SBS Transit? How about that?

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  • 28 May 2016 at 7:07 PM
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    This is the first time that the SMRT MAN A95 ND363F started service on feeder 308 under Government Contracting Model from Bulim Bus Depot (BUDEP), and the registration plate is SG5746L with Mobitec MobiLED EDS of.

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    • 21 June 2016 at 11:16 PM
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      The EDS is wrongly pressed by the BC and so far there is no confirmation service 308 using DD.The Sg plate MAN A95s is exclusively for SMRT usage and possibly the future GCM Operators.I have a feeling SMRT will use it first when they start parking at Loyang and to replace the Mark II bendy buses.

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