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									Press release
MAN Truck & Bus AG

The Way People Travel: NEOPLAN "Travelution"
                                                                                      Munich, 19/03/2012
concept presents a vision for modern
lifestyle travelling
                                                                                      MAN Truck & Bus AG
                                                                                      Communications
        Two touring coaches realised by NEOPLAN Individual display a vision           Dachauer St. 667
                                                                                      80995 Munich
        for a new way of travelling with luxury kitchen concepts
                                                                                      Address enquiries to:
        The concepts, based on the Starliner and the Cityliner, also present a        Dr Detlef Hug
                                                                                      Tel. +49-89-1580-2001
        vision for infotainment systems.
                                                                                      Detlef.Hug@man.eu



Some coach operators have special ideas of what added value for the traveller
means. NEOPLAN is the first choice for demanding customers with individual            www.mantruckandbus.com


requirements. At the BusDays 2012 NEOPLAN Individual is presenting a new
vision of travelling, one that emphasizes the importance of having modern,
freshly prepared cuisine on board. With a kitchen installation at a completely
new level, a NEOPLAN Starliner and a Cityliner demonstrate what's possible in
the way of culinary art on board. "Travelution" is a travel concept from
NEOPLAN that is orientated towards the future, where coach operators fulfil the
most demanding requirements and can offer their passengers a new way of
travelling. The concept is one more example of what tailor-made ideas can be
made reality with NEOPLAN Individual.


The kitchen area provides around four square metres of efficient action space
for catering. The equipment gives a foretaste of the resources available to
mobile gourmet cooks: hot-air oven (24 V / 1,500 W) or steam cooker (2,500 W)
or oven (230 V / 3,700 W). There is also an induction hob. A real Italian
espresso machine (24 V / 430 W) dispenses great crema on request.
Alternatively, coffee makers up to 1,500 W can be installed. A single or double
refrigerator with a capacity of up to one hundred litres and a deep-freeze facility
stands ready to provide first-class refrigeration. An industrial dishwasher and an
extractor hood keep things clean in the kitchen and ensure that the passenger
compartment remains odourless.


A concept like this opens up plenty of options for the operator to differentiate.
First-class travelling unites a particularly environmentally friendly and modern
form of moving from one place to another with the desire of many of the
travellers to experience upper-class levels on board the coach, expressed in a
generous    feeling   of   spaciousness,   luxurious   upholstery,   ergonomically
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outstanding seating and innovative design. The concept's fundamental idea is
that this level should also be pointing the way for the culinary experience.
Coach operators will then be able to draw on the trends and accents current in
international cuisine and offer their passengers healthy lifestyle food, freshly
prepared. This would enhance the trip significantly from a qualitative point of
view.


The holiday begins when the guest boards: and for this reason, the standard set
in the kitchen extends throughout the entire coach. LED ambient lighting in
ceiling and floor suffuses the interior with light, while comfortable easy chairs
(Kiel Avance 1020) upholstered in leather in light colours guarantee seating
comfort and relaxation of the best. Both buses also demonstrate how high-
quality flooring confers a certain character on the interior, at the same time
writing the next chapter in the story of earlier concept vehicles: a floor in
"Projectline Black Metalstone" has been laid end-to-end in the NEOPLAN
Starliner, while the Cityliner boasts a floor in "Ship Tropical".


More gourmet technology on board


The new kitchen concept is located in the rear section of the vehicle, with the
area being clearly demarcated by the transverse arrangement of the island. It
has been designed so that the worktop can be slid out by means of a rail
mechanism, which enables simultaneous cooking on the induction plate (230V /
2,200 – 3,600 W) and washing up. The integrated air-extractor system (24 V /
400 W) ensures that the interior will remain free of odour while cooking is going
on. A well thought out stowage system following the tried and trusted "Atlas
Standard" used in air travel makes the serving of the passengers by the
attendant staff a smooth process. The rear section of the vehicle behind the
kitchen also provides a generous amount of additional stowage space.
On-board refrigerator-freezer combinations (as single refrigerator 24 V / 100 W
or as double refrigerator 200 W) are more than able to keep top-quality
provisions fresh until they're ready to be prepared. The built-in dishwasher (230
V / 3,500 W) cleans re-usable crockery in a very short space of time. In this
regard, coach operators have a number of options by which they can use
exclusive crockery and their own branding to take their catering up to restaurant
level. An illuminated wine rack emphasises the gourmet claim. The 230-V
devices are supplied via voltage converter with up to 5 kW, while the top variant
has in addition a 6-kW diesel generator.
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More digital infotainment


Both concept vehicles also present a vision for infotainment systems: A modern
infotainment system keeps passengers agreeably entertained during the trip.
They are able to watch the TV programs being broadcast on DVB-T, enjoy films
on DVD or keep track of the momentary position of the bus on two monitors. In
addition, all seats are equipped with 230-V sockets so that mobile PCs can be
run on mains voltage and mobile phones and smartphones can be charged.


Details: Starliner "Travelution" concept


The Starliner concept offers 5-star seating with 32 seats, of which eight are
arranged face-to-face at club tables. The surface materials used in the Starliner
are light-coloured, in a natural design variant: the body of the kitchen equipment
is surfaced in "Projectline Black Metalstone", vertical surfaces are "Resopal
Pearl White". The worktop surface is "Sea Oat Quartz", the sink has height-
adjustable stainless-steel fittings. The entire floor is "Projectline Black
Metalstone".


        Engine: D2876 LOH 28, 371 kW / 505 hp
        Automated 12-speed transmission
        TipMatic with ZF Intarder
        Safety package including ESP, EBS, ABS and ASR (ACC and LGS are
        optional)
        Comfort drive suspension
        Neoplan Individual multifunction steering wheel, two-tone leather
        Ball-head trailer coupling and ski-rack holder
        32+1+1 Kiel Avance 1020 – VIP Exclusive leather
        Two club tables (custom built)
        Navigation/DVD/DVB-T/2 monitors with driver's view and reversing
        cameras
        Xenon headlights


Details: Cityliner "Travelution" concept


The Cityliner concept offers 4-star seating with 32 seats, of which eight are
arranged face-to-face at club tables. The design variant for the kitchen on
display is distinguished by its use of particularly high-quality materials: worktops
are surfaced in "Sea Oat Quartz", vertical surfaces are matt white and backlit.
The body of the kitchen equipment is surfaced in "Projectline Classic
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Limestone". The Cityliner's floor is in ship-plank look throughout with the "Ship
Tropical" surface.


        Engine: D2876 LOH 26, 324 kW / 440 hp
        Automated 12-speed transmission
        TipMatic with ZF Intarder
        Safety package including ESP, EBS, ABS and ASR (ACC and LGS are
        optional)
        Comfort drive suspension
        Neoplan Individual multifunction steering wheel, two-tone leather
        Ball-head trailer coupling and ski-rack holder
        32+1+1 Kiel Avance 1020 – VIP Exclusive leather
        Two club tables (custom built)
        Navigation, DVD, DVB-T: two monitors with driver's view and reversing
        camera
        Xenon headlights


The NEOPLAN Individual range


The NEOPLAN Individual range of special, refined equipment is the brand's
response to the customers' wish for exclusiveness in the premium segment.
With equipment packages that can be freely combined and custom special
equipment, all sorts of individual ideas can be realised, from conference options
for business customers to luxurious lounges for discerning gala guests. There is
hardly any limit to the materials that can be employed: real wood, natural-stone
look, innovative illuminated surfaces, stainless steel, carbon look and other
trends in materials. Handrails and handles of stainless steel, carbon- or wood-
look satisfy even demanding passengers. Moreover, a noble wall panel in
wood-look is also available, which will make it clear to every passenger on
every seat that they are travelling in a unique coach. A very special highlight is
the selection of real wooden floors. The individual line can be continued into the
cockpit with the two-tone leather cover for the multifunction steering wheel, the
impact absorber in carbon-look and the matching trays in the dashboard area.
Demands for a superior sound system can also be met with NEOPLAN
Individual. When it comes to configuring such an individual vehicle, NEOPLAN
is there to offer its expertise: the well-known MAN Truck & Bus Sales and
Service network is there to assist customers with the individual configuration of
NEOPLAN touring coaches with Individual equipment. NEOPLAN offers a
special service at the Munich Bus Forum, where a collection of the most up-to-
date material samples is on view: seats, material and leather samples, curtains,
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carpets and surfaces are there for inspection and inspiration. Interior
consultants with their trained eyes give advice on combinations.


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MAN Truck & Bus AG, headquartered in Munich, Germany, is the largest company of the MAN Group and a leading international
supplier of efficient commercial vehicles and innovative transport solutions. In fiscal 2011 the enterprise, with around 34,000
employees, posted sales of more than 77,600 trucks and over 5,700 buses and bus chassis of the MAN and NEOPLAN brands worth
nine billion euros.

								
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