Saudi transport operator orders 242 MAN Lion’s City buses for Riyadh
Saudi Public Transport Company places order for 242 Euro 5 MAN city buses in partnership with French public transport company RATP Dev as it overhauls transport in the Kingdom’s capital
The Saudi Public Transport Company (SAPTCO) has placed an order for 242 MAN Lion’s City M city buses as part of its collaboration with the French public transport company RATP Dev to overhaul public transport in the Kingdom’s capital.
Since 2014, SAPTCO und RATP Dev have been working as the joint venture public transport company, and is planning to implement a public bus transport system in Riyadh with 100 lines, 1,000 vehicles and four bus rapid transit (BRT) routes.
The 242 low-floor MAN Lion’s City M city buses will be 10.5m long, have 29 passenger seats and be powered by Euro 5 emissions stage engines with 290HP or 213kW outputs.
Haji Husein Alireza & Co. (HHA), the distributor for MAN Truck & Bus in Saudi Arabia, managed the tender process and will carry out the delivery of the MAN Lion’s City M buses during 2018 and 2019.
To encourage Riyadh residents to use the buses, the vehicles tend towards the luxury end, with generously space and ample legroom, tinted windows and high-performance air conditioning.
Taher El-Khatib, GM of HHA, noted: “As the oldest and most reputed automobile distributor in the Arabian Peninsula, Haji Husein Alireza brings significant expertise and capabilities in the commercial vehicle business along with an extensive network of branches across Saudi Arabia.
“We look forward to working closely with MAN in enhancing connectivity within Riyadh and contributing to the transformation of the city’s public transport system.”
Franz von Redwitz, MD of MAN Truck & Bus Middle East added: “We are excited to contribute to Saudi Arabia’s transport landscape with our MAN Lion’s City buses, and are confident that we will be able to take our partnership to even greater success in the years to come.”
The contract was signed at 2017 UTIP Global Transport Summit in Montreal running 15-17 May, 2017.
At the same event, SAPTCO and RATP Dev also placed an order for 600 Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses.
MAN Truck & Bus Middle East also recently opened its new regional headquarters in Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), as part of its ongoing investment into service infrastructure in the Middle East.