Why are double-deckers hardly used any more?

Milestone: More than 100 double-decker buses for Korea

  • Double-deckers are used in particular by commuters
  • Kyung Nam Bus now operates a total of 37 MAN buses that run between the city and the outskirts of Seoul
  • Vehicles are based on a three-axle MAN RR4 chassis, the body comes from UNVI

At the beginning of autumn, MAN Truck & Bus Korea delivered four buses to the Korean transport company Kyung Nam Bus. "This means that there are now over 100 of the popular MAN double-decker buses on the streets of Korea," says Rudi Kuchta, Head of Product & Sales Bus and spokesman for the bus division, and adds: "A great success City DD here on the market. " In addition to the quality and reliability, the great popularity is primarily due to the high capacity of the vehicles. Overcrowded buses, especially during commute times, are part of everyday life. "Since the double-deckers have been in use, the situation has eased significantly and passengers can get to their destination more safely and comfortably." So it is hardly surprising that the buses are extremely popular with passengers - many only use them. "The improved space and the good view from the second floor are extremely well received, as is the good interior fittings. For example, there is a USB plug at every seat," says Max Burger, Managing Director, MAN Truck & Bus Korea.

Kyung Nam Bus now operates a total of 37 MAN double-decker buses, which are primarily used by commuters. The vehicles run between the city of Seoul and the outskirts of the South Korean capital. "Since some of them drive on the highway and seat belts are mandatory there, the double-deckers are equipped like intercity buses."

The total of 103 MAN double-deckers on Korea's roads are based on the three-axle MAN RR4 chassis with a length of around 13 meters. The body comes from the Spanish body manufacturer UNVI. The buses are powered by the 460 hp (338 kW) six-cylinder D26 diesel engine, which fully complies with the Euro 6 standard, and a 12-speed MAN TipMatic gearbox. The double-decker buses combine sustainable driving with high performance, high economy and the highest level of safety. Among other things, the electronic braking system EBS, the electronic stability program ESP and the lane departure warning system LGS ensure the safety of passengers and driver.

The topic of safety was also the focus of the safety event that MAN Truck & Bus Korea organized in cooperation with MAN ProfiDrive last year as the first manufacturer in South Korea. Among other things, mandatory safety assistants such as LGS, ESP and the Emergency Brake System were presented there. Customers also had the opportunity to test them.

"We are very pleased that we have broken the 100 mark for double-decker buses based on the MAN chassis. It clearly shows how satisfied passengers and transport companies are with the vehicles," said Max Burger, Managing Director, MAN Truck Bus Korea.