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Home / SMRT Buses, Singapore (before GCM/BCM) / MAN ND323F A95 Lion's City DD (Euro V, Gemilang Mk I) [80]

On 25 September 2014, SMRT Buses announced that ST Kinetics has provided one MAN A95 double-decker demonstrator for a year long trial, registered as SMB5888H. The MAN A95 marks another attempt by MAN to re-enter the right-hand drive (RHD) double-decker market since the 3-axle MAN A34 in 2003 and the 2-axle MAN A48 (with Kinetec+ bodywork) in 2006. A year later, SMRT Buses followed up with a production order of 16 more A95s. These buses were registered SMB5889E to SMB5904U.

While the A95 chassis is marketed by MAN as the 'Lion's City DD', its bodywork was supplied and assembled by Gemilang Coachworks from Malaysia using Alcan's EcoRange aluminum-based technology. The 'Lion's City DD' name originally referred to the 13.7m MAN A39 previously offered as an integral product by MAN in European countries (this length has since been re-designated as Lion's City DD L). This is a reflection of how globalization has caused a paradigm shift in product offering and supply chain of major vehicle manufacturers.

Mechanically, the configuration of the production MAN A95 is similar to the demonstrator unit. Its Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and PM-Kat filter technology (the latter developed by MAN) does away the need for additives in exhaust treatment, while still able to meet the Euro V emission standards. They are powered by the MAN D2066LUH-32 diesel engine (10,518cc), and are fitted with 6-speed ZF Ecolife 6AP 2000B automatic transmission.

EDS was supplied by Mobitec, which included additional route details on the boarding side of the bus. The interior configuration and design was fully low-floor; Masats outward sliding doors were fitted at the exit for additional safety. Air-conditioning was supplied by Denso of Japan.

As a result of feedback gathered during SMB5888H's trial, there are various differences between the demonstrator and production A95s. The latter features a straight staircase, Vogelsitze System seats, adjustable air-conditioning outlets, a foldable seat at the PIW area, an additional "Bus Stopping" sign, additional vents at the rear compartment, daylight running lights (DRL), and tree guards. Aesthetic changes include additional front badging and rim covers (for later units).

Shortly after the MAN A95 was launched in Singapore, various Hong Kong operators have ordered a handful of ND323F and ND363F units either for evaluation or to supplement their double-decker fleet.