MAN Chassis Type/Platform codes
Note: I will be using the terms “chassis type” and “platform” interchangeably below.
This is to supplement what is given on the first page of this thread. On the first page of this thread, the nomenclature of the specific MAN bus models has been given.
Two examples of which are:
18.320 HOCL-NL: Low entry, rear engined bus with maximum gross vehicle mass of 18 tons and a 320hp engine.
NL232: 2nd Series Low floor City Bus with a 230hp engine
These designations are useful in their own ways, the designation used in the first example is useful in showing the maximum GVM and the second is useful in showing the general use of the bus (city/intercity) and both designation shows horsepower and general chassis configuration.
However, they are inadequate in determining the particular chassis type used. The problem is, MAN has produced so many types of buses throughout its years, some with similar chassis configuration. For example a 12.220 HOCL/R could mean a 1990s midi chassis or a recent 2000s chassis, both with 12 tons GVM and are rear engined with a 220hp engine. How then are anyone supposed to know what type exactly a bus (or a truck) is? The answer is chassis types. MAN usually markets their bus and coach products using both the specific bus model designation and a chassis type. Chassis types/Platform codes are designated by 3 characters, up till mid-1990s, they were represented by 3 numbers. However, as the numbers were used up, they moved to the current ZXX format, where Z is a letter and X are numbers. The new Lion’s chassis retain the 3 characters format, but contains 2 letters and 1 number (at the moment).
The letter used at the moment is as follows:
AXX-Buses and Coaches
PXX-Neoplan Integral Coaches
RCX-Lion’s Chassis City Bus
RRX-Lion’s Chassis Intercity Bus & Coach
EXX, F, H, L-N, T, U and X-Trucks
JXX is used for several integral city buses seemingly identical to some models found in the AXX series, eg NL242s, but I cannot determine why they have a separate letter instead. All of which are found in Europe only.
The highest AXX code I have seen till date is A95, which is allocated to a new double deck chassis used in Asia (ND323/363F).
A lot of front engined bus chassis, especially recent models, are based on existing truck platforms and therefore have truck platform codes. For example, N49: 12.2XX FOCL Front Engined Midi Chassis based on the N49 TGL Truck.
. Melbourne’s Mk I MANs are of this type.
752: 10/11.150/180/190/220/230 HOCL/R, Low entry midi bus. Adelaide’s and CDC’s MAN midis are of this type.
, Standard floor height city bus. Melbourne’s Mk II MANs are of this type.
A09: NL202, Low Floor City bus. Adelaide’s diesel low floor MANs are of this type.
A21: NL2X3/323. Lion’s City Integral. MAN’s flagship product, European market.
A24: NG313/363F, Low Floor articulated city bus. Previously marketed as 26.310 HOCL in Australia. Skybus MAN artics, Brisbane MAN gas artics and TP3001 are of this type.
A69: 18.240/250/280/290/310/320 HOCL-NL, Low Entry rear engined bus (as shown in the introductory example) The 18.320 HOCL-NL is the low entry product which MAN is offering to Australia at the moment. Users include Busways, Transit Systems Sydney, Carbridge etc. MAN Australia also offers it with an MCV body as the Elite C130
A66: 14/15/16.220/240 HOCL-NL, Low Entry midi bus. National Bus’ CB30 are of this type, these buses are now with Transdev Melbourne.
A80. Similar to A66 but CIB#
. Melbourne’s Designline buses are of this type.
A91: SÜ283/293/313/323/353/363F. Intercity bus chassis. Marketed in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong as the 18.280/290/310/320/350/360 HOCL. This was the high floor school and charter product offered in Australia by MAN. Replaced by RR8 in 2017. Busways has some SB50 bodied ones up the coast.
A95: ND323/363F. Low floor 3 Axle Double deck bus chassis. Used in Australia by STA and Forest Coach Lines. Also used in NZ in both Double Deck and Single Deck configurations.
R33: 18.360/400/440/480 HOCL. 2 Axle Coach chassis. Replaced by RR2.
R37: 24.440/480 HOCLN. 3 Axle Coach Chassis. Replaced by RR4.
RC2: LE 19.320. Marketed as 19.320 HOCL-NL in Australia. Lion’s Chassis@
series low entry bus chassis. Replaced A69 since 2017. A Euro 6 chassis was displayed at the Qld Bus show last year.
RR2: CO 19.360/400/440/480. Marketed as 19.360 HOCL/R in Australia. Lion’s Chassis@
Coach chassis replacing^ R33 since 2017.
RR8: IC 19.280/290/310/320. Lion’s chassis@
intercity bus chassis replacing^ A91 since 2017.
12C: New Lion's City 12m integral product since 2018.
18C: New Lion's City G 18m Articulated integral product since 2018.
This list is not exhaustive, there are a lot of other models not covered in it, and a lot which I do not have knowledge on.
There are a lot of chassis codes used for older models such as the SL200. I have no idea what’s the difference between the different codes but it could be a way to differentiate different orders in the past.
CIB-Chassis in a box. Marketing name for completely knocked down chassis kits to be assembled by local distributor or body builder, usually based on an existing product but with less options available. Similarly, truck kits also available as Truck in a box.
These chassis type codes show which chassis/product a bus was, and it differentiates different products with similar model designations apart. However, it also allows us to see which seemingly unrelated models are actually the same product, albeit with different engine or length options.
For example: An 11.190 from Adelaide is actually the same chassis (752) as 12.220 of CDC, albeit with different engine output, gross mass and possibly length.
An 18.240 HOCL-NL from Stagecoach in the UK and an 18.320 HOCL-NL are both A69s, albeit with different engines.
Do note that some of these chassis have been in production long enough to receive upgrades and modifications over time. For example, early A69s (like the 18.280s from Adelaide) have hub reduction, while current ones do not have them.
The Lion’s chassis series are a range of chassis with common modules. It is intended to replace several existing products. I would suppose that this creates production efficiencies and parts commonality for customers who buy different Lion’s Chassis products.
These codes are reflected in the chassis numbers/VIN (in red
For example WMAA69
ZZXAC014709 is a A69, 18.310 HOCL-NL (Transdev Melbourne’s 682)
This does not change with locally assembled CKD/SKD (Semi knocked down) kits:
0873MX01046 is a 752, 12.220 with CDC.
0667AD01316 is an A80, 16.240 HOCL with the Designline Bubblebus body.
Aside from the VIN, a serial number is also allocated, this is most likely allocated for production purposes, for eg. an example of a serial number for an A69 is A69
2000. This does not
correspond to the last four digits of the VIN. In the fleetlists, the records of some older models are of this format, for example a SL200 (Fleet No. 289) of Transdev Melbourne is recorded as 889
0030 (Vicroads doesn’t have a record of the chassis number).
^Source: http://mantruck.co.kr/nhc/index/BusCata ... hassis.pdf