Satisified with the results after evaluating the MAN NL323F demonstrator, SMRT Buses awarded the tender of 200 new buses to ST Kinetics delivering the MAN NL323F chassis. However, the bodywork for the production units was supplied by Gemilang Coachworks from Malaysia.
Mechanically, the configuration of the production MAN NL323F (coded A22) is similar. 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. It is powered by the MAN D2066LUH-32 diesel engine (10,518cc) and fitted with 6-speed ZF Ecolife 6AP 1700B automatic transmission.
The bodywork supplied by Gemilang gave the production batch NL323Fs a very different appearance. The exterior design was roughly based on the integral 'Lion's City Hybrid' seen in European countries, but it was neither named as such nor was it a electric-hybrid bus. The unique protruding roof design, which covered the Denso overhead air-conditioning pod, has led to a number of hilarious nicknames given by both the public and bus enthusiasts.
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 and similar to the demonstrator NL323F; sliding plug-doors were fitted at the exit for additional safety. The first production NL323F entered service on service 963 (Woodlands to HarbourFront) in September 2011.
A follow-up tender of 200 new buses was also awarded to ST Kinetics, dubbed as Batch 2. Deliveries of Batch 2 A22s to SMRT Buses began in January 2013, with technical specifications similar to Batch 1 and minor updates to the interior.
Onboard this bus on Service 700A (Bukit Panjang to Suntec/Promenade MRT Station) looping at Raffles Avenue.
This part I done the remix of the mrbrown show theme song with the "doors closing" chime.
Rego no.: SMB 0196D
Start point: Tang Plaza
End point: Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station
Service looping: Raffles Avenue
Deployment: WLDEP 700
Fromer deployment: WLDEP 960
Lifespan registration date: 18 Nov 2011
Lifespan expiry date: 17 Nov 2028
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Model: MAN NL323F A22 (aka MAN SU283F A22)
Manufacturer: MAN Truck And Bus AG
Bodywork/Assemblers: Gemilang Coachworks Sdn Bhd/MAN Lion's City Hybrid
Filmed using: Nikon Coolpix L16
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ABOUT SERVICE 700:
Service 700A is an alternative route of service 700, which was introduced at the same time of the timespan for service 700, plying between Bukit Panjang to Raffles Avenue. When URA started the construction of Bukit Panjang Integrated Public Transport Hub (BPJITH), this service start from Block 604 and end at Block 183 among Bukit Panjang Road.