HIGH-CAPACITY ARTICULATED BUS DEBUTS

AM General Corp. and M. A. N. (Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nurnberg AG) have adapted the articulated bus to specific requirements of the U. S. market. Dimensional changes were made, as well as modifications to comply with all regulations and safety requirements. Redesign of the electrical system was necessary, as was integration of an air conditioning system. The rear portion of the bus is self-steering, controlled from the front unit. All vehicles are either 55 or 60 ft long with either two or three doors on the right side and with or without air conditioning. They consist of a two-axle motor unit with a single axle trailer permanently attached to its rear so as to permit full flexing while assuring full passage for passengers between the units. The motor unit is practically a standard bus with its rear section cut away and its engine and transmission mounted under-floor between front and drive axles. The trailer is like the rear section of a standard bus, minus an engine. Segments are of identical cross section with a flexible bellows in the hinge area. All three axles have air suspension with automatic floor leveling control. Front and rear axles have independent wheel suspension. The drive (middle) axle is linked to the chassis via a swinging fork and air bellows.

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 60-66
  • Serial:
    • Automotive Engineering
    • Volume: 87
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
    • ISSN: 0098-2571

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00197217
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1981 12:00AM