The MAN NG272(2) was a single-decker tri-axle articulated bus built by MAN Nutzfahrzeuge from 1992 until 2000. It was an articulated successor to the MAN NG272 and development of the rigid bodied MAN NL262. Especially sold in Europe, in particular in Germany, it was replaced by the MAN A23 in 1998.
|MAN NG272(2) (A11)|
|Manufacturer||MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||Single-decker articulated bus|
|Doors||2 doors, 3 doors and 4 doors|
|Floor type||Low floor|
|Related||Mercedes-Benz O405G/ GN|
|Engine||MAN D 5865 LUH|
|Transmission||Voith DIWA 864.4 / ZF 5HP Automatic|
|Wheelbase||3 Axles, 5,875 mm / 6,265 mm|
|Curb weight||15,200 kg|
|Successor||MAN NGxx3 (A23)|
MAN Nutzfahrzeuge presented the NG272(2) in 1992 as a development in single-decker tri-axle articulated buses from the previous model, the MAN NG272, based also from the NL202(2). Both were constructed to the VöV-Standard-Bus standards. Production continued until 1999, when the model had been superseded by the MAN NGxx3 (A23). The new (2) variant changed the original pillar seat supports which allowed the windows in the front section to be lowered, but otherwise remained visually very similar to the NG272.
Most NG272(2)s were fitted with MAN D 5865 LUH engines in the rear, coupled to drive the rear axle via either a Voith DIWA 864.4 or a ZF 5HP fully automatic transmission. However, after 1995, new models were fitted with Euro-2 spec engines and became NG262 and NG312 models. Its use of a fully low floor articulated configuration, being available with 3 or 4 doors and having a capacity of 51 seated and 60 standing that totals up to 111 passengers in standard configuration made them a good choice for inner-city bus operators.
In 1992, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) ordered a batch of BVG specification NG272(2) buses, which were the GN92 series. This were fitted with AEG Krüger full matrix displays, kneeling along the whole vehicle and a wheel chair lift. These also accompanied their EN92 series buses, which were of the MAN NL202(2) type.
The majority of NG272(2), NG262 and NG312 models, like their earlier NG272 cousins, have been retired from service in most transport companies, remaining operational mainly in private ownership or abroad.
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