猛獅12.240 / 14.250 MAN 12.240 / 14.250

編號 Class:DBAY79,109,110,175,176

愉景灣首兩輛平治O405巴士在二零零八年已達十三年車齡,需要進行大驗才可繼續行走,為了減省有關成本及時間,以及提高服務質素,愉景灣交通服務有限公司便於同年十二月以新車取代之,接替它們在愉景灣服務居民的角色的新成員同樣來自德國,不過卻是另一家車廠猛獅的出品。愉景灣是次向猛獅購入的新車,並不是早已在車隊佔一定地位的NL系列大型低地台巴士,而是屬中型低地台巴士的12.240。

猛獅是次向愉景灣提供了兩台12.240底盤,從型號小數點前的兩位數目字,可以得知該車型可承受十二公噸的重量,至於小數點後三個數目字則反映引擎最高輸出馬力。在愉景灣引進這兩架12.240時候,來自馬來西亞的順豐,早已經成為車隊購買猛獅新車的指定車身供應商,故此有關方面在這兩部新車車身上亦不作他想。順豐在這兩架12.240上所裝配的車身,外觀上跟新加坡新捷運的Scania K230UB相近。

在機械配搭方面,兩架12.240新車裝配猛獅歐盟四型引擎及ZF全自動傳動系統,愉景灣特意於兩車車尾引擎蓋貼有宣傳字樣,向居民傳遞這是區內首批符合相關歐四排放標準巴士的訊息。由主引擎驅動的空調系統由日本電裝提供,而由於低地台區域主要用作企位,故此在載客量方面,合共提供二十七人座位及二十九個企位,並一併於車廂內提供了一個行李架。這兩架猛獅12.240不單止接替了平治O405在隊中的位置,同時繼承了原先的車隊編號 (DBAY109及110),於二零零九年一月開始服務區內居民。

愉景灣交通服務有限公司隨後於二零一一年,再次向猛獅增購新車以配合發展及車隊更替需要,當中除了包括一架大型低地台巴士NL323,以及兩架14.250中型巴士。由於配用跟DBAY109及110同款的順豐車身,所以一般人是不會察覺這它們之間有何分別。在型號分類上,這兩台14.250底盤是屬於A66型車系,而12.240則跟早年愉景灣購買的的12.220同屬於A76車系。型號名稱可以知道是批新車可以承載最多十四公噸重量,同時引擎發出可以最大二百五十匹馬力。在排放方面,14.250符合歐盟五型排放標準,波箱則是福伊特產品。兩部14.250新車雖然早於二零一一年抵港,但因為要處理一些機械上問題,以適應愉景灣區內道路環境,所以要待到二零一二年年初才交付愉景灣,並獲得DBAY175及176編號後,於同年二月初投入服務。

到了二零一七年為替代車隊中最後一架猛獅12.220 (DBAY79/KR1965),愉景灣向猛獅增購一架14.250新車,不過外觀跟以往新車有很大差異,愉景灣替這架新車選取了順豐的Lion's City Hybrid車身,同款車身在本港主要裝配於猛獅大型單層巴士底盤上。這架新車於二零一七年年底登記出牌後交付愉景灣,車隊編號一如以往繼承自原先的12.220。

由於相對載客量較低,全數五架猛獅中型巴士鮮有行走對外路線,目前!主要用作行走區內路線如9A及9S等。而原先安裝在DBAY109及110的綠色電子路線牌,亦於較早時間被換上Hanover的橙色LED路線牌。

The first pair of Mercedes Benz O405 of DBTSL reached 13 years old in 2008 and need to undergo COF (Certificate of Fitness) for their license renewal. In Dec., 2008, however, DBTSL decided to withdraw them to save the cost and time of COF and a pair of MAN 12.240 were acquired as a replacement which is the first model that comply with the Euro 4 emission standard.

The maximum gross weight and the power output of this pair of MAN midibus can be known from the model name, 12 tones and 240 bhp respectively. At the time when DBTSL purchased this pair of MAN 12.240, Gemilang already become the sole bodywork supplier on MAN chassis in the fleet and the bodywork fitted on the 12.240 is highly resembled to the Scania K230UB of SBS Transit in Singapore. A Euro 4 emission standard MAN engine was fitted with ZF fully automatic transmission and powerful enough to drive the Nippon-Denso air conditioning unit. To promote their environmental friendly feature, their engine cover was decorated with a special designed sign.

The carrying capacity of MAN 12.240 was 56 passengers with a large standing bay was provided within the low floor area which 29 standees were allowed. In addition, a luggage rack was fitted at nearside of the cabin. The fleet number of the retired O405 was applied on this pair of MAN 12.240 and they started to serve Discovery Bay residents since Jan., 2009.

A further delivery of MAN new buses to DBTSL were made in 2011 including a pair of 14.250, it was difficult to distinguish the 14.250 from the 12.240 as same Gemilang bodyworks were fitted. As mentioned before, the 14.250 indicated that the maximum gross weight was 14 tones with maximum horsepower 250 bhp. To go one step further, MAN 14.250 was belonged to the A66 series while the 12.240 was same as the 12.220 acquired in 2002, a member of MAN A76 series. MAN 14.250 was powered by a MAN Euro 5 engine with Voith fully automatic gearbox.

Though they already arrived in 2011, they were stored at the dealership for modification works to make them much suitable for running in Discovery Bay and finally they were entered service in Feb., 2012 after delivered to DBTSL and with DBAY 175 and DBAY176 as their fleet number respectively.

The last MAN 12.220, DBAY79 (KR1965), reached the end of it service life in 2018 and DBTSL acquired a MAN 14.250 as replacement. It was fitted with the Gemilang Lion's City Hybrid bodywork which mainly seen on the MAN full-size single decker chassis in Hong Kong. This sole MAN 14.250 was delivered and registered in Dec., 2017 and started to serve the community since Jan., 2018 with fleet number inherited from the 12.220.

All the MAN midibuses serving the internal service in Discover Bay like 9A and 9S due to their relatively low carrying capacity. The original green coloured electronic display on DABY109 and 110 was replaced with the Hanover orange coloured LED display.

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MAN 12.240 with Gemilang bodywork

車隊編號 Fleet No.:DBAY109
車牌 Registration No.:NS162
路線 Route:8
拍攝地點 Location:愉景灣 愉景灣道 Discovery Bay Road,Discovery Bay
路線 Route:9A
拍攝地點 Location:愉景灣 愉景灣道 Discovery Bay Road,Discovery Bay
路線 Route:C4
拍攝地點 Location:愉景灣碼頭巴士總站 Discovery Bay Ferry Pier Bus Terminus
路線 Route:暫停服務 Not In Service
拍攝地點 Location:愉景灣 遊艇徑 Marina Drive, Discovery Bay

車隊編號 Fleet No.:DBAY110
車牌 Registration No.:NR9546
路線 Route:8
拍攝地點 Location:愉景灣碼頭巴士總站 Discovery Bay Ferry Pier Bus Terminus
路線 Route:9A
拍攝地點 Location:愉景灣 海澄路 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay
路線 Route:9S
拍攝地點 Location:愉景灣 愉景灣道 Discovery Bay Road,Discovery Bay
路線 Route:FS
拍攝地點 Location:愉景灣 海澄路 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay
DBAY110車廂 Compartment of DBAY110

MAN 14.250 with Gemilang bodywork

車隊編號 Fleet No.:DBAY175
車牌 Registration No.:RE8750
路線 Route:3
拍攝地點 Location:愉景灣碼頭巴士總站 Discovery Bay Ferry Pier Bus Terminus
路線 Route:8
拍攝地點 Location:愉景灣 蘅欣徑 Caperidge Drive,Discovery Bay
路線 Route:C9
拍攝地點 Location:愉景灣 海澄路 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay

車隊編號 Fleet No.:DBAY176
車牌 Registration No.:RE8854
路線 Route:2/3
拍攝地點 Location:愉景灣 愉景灣道 Discovery Bay Road,Discovery Bay
路線 Route:9A
拍攝地點 Location:愉景灣 海澄路 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay
路線 Route:T2
拍攝地點 Location:愉景灣 愉景灣道 Discovery Bay Road,Discovery Bay
路線 Route:暫停服務 Not In Service
拍攝地點 Location:上水 彩暉街 Choi Fai Street, Sheung Shui

MAN 14.250 with Gemilang Lion's City Hybrid bodywork

車隊編號 Fleet No.:DBAY79
車牌 Registration No.:VE8760
路線 Route:9A
拍攝地點 Location:愉景灣 海澄路 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay
路線 Route:9A
拍攝地點 Location:愉景灣 愉景灣道 Discovery Bay Road,Discovery Bay

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