猛獅NL系 MAN NL Series
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截至二零一八年九月初為止，愉景灣車隊配用Caetano車身的NL263，只餘下DBAY166(KG2219)，相信在不久之後將會由配用順豐Lion's City Hybrid車身的NL323所取代。愉景灣二零一八年的更新車隊計劃中，除了更換前述於二零零一年及零二年投入服務的NL263外，同時包括配用順豐車身的NL263，當中DBAY199(MX2453)於二零一八年八月率先退役，其位置同樣被換上了全新的NL323。
When started to serve the resident in Discovery Bay, the fleet of DBTSL was composed of Japanese products with only small proportion of full-sized single decker. As the growing of population within the community, a pair of Mercedes Benz O405 which can carry almost 100 passengers was arrived in 1995 to cater the demand of between ferry pier and residential area. DBTSL then introduced more and more European buses and instead of Benz, MAN from Germany and Dennis from UK were also included. As preparation for the operation of Discovery Bay Tunnel, a batch of 5 MAN NL262 was ordered for the external service to and from Tung Chung.
NL262 was not new thing to Hong Kong in 2000, backed in 1998, City Bus already acquired 60 samples for networks expansion and further 20 were introduced in 2000. As they were serving a relatively long-distanced service and different passengers flow with urban area routes, only a single doorway served as both entrance and exit was fitted and more seats were available resulted. To go one step further, for the need of placing personal belongings, luggage rack was provided. The MAN NL262 acquired by DBTSL powered by MAN engine with ZF fully automatic gearbox in contrast with Voith fitted on City Bus NL262 and the driveline was powerful enough to driver the Sutrak air conditioning unit from Germany and offering a comfortable riding experience to passengers.
The mode of transportation changed in Discovery Bay after the opening of Discovery Bay Tunnel. More and more residents changed from ferry to external bus service to and from the community and as a result, a pair of MAN NL263, bodied by Caetano from Portugal and complied with the Euro 3 emission standard, were entered service in 2001 to cater the demand, just after the introduction of same type by NHKB. NL263 is the successor of NL262 and awarded the Bus of the Year 1999 in Oct., 1998. It should not be a surprise for a MAN engine fitted and with a ZF fully automatic transmission for running the highways. MAN NL263 was the first super low floor bus provided wheelchair parking bay in DBTSL fleet and liked the NL262, only one doorway fitted and a luggage rack was provided within the cabin. A further 5 NL263s were delivered in 2002 and two of them, HKR182 and 183, were fitted with dual-doors bodywork for internal service and Voith gearbox was chosen.
HK Disneyland was opened in 2005 and MTR operated Disneyland Resort Line for linking the park and Sunny Bay together with an addition stop for Tung Chung Line. A new feeder service DB03R was introduced linking Discovery Bay and Sunny Bay Station. To cater the need of route DB03R, a batch of 5 second-hand MAN NL262, with dual-doors bodywork were acquired from City Bus and the mechanical specification was almost identical with the first hand NL262 unless a Voith transmission was fitted. One of the NL262 from City Bus (JM1951) was classed as HKR115, this fleet number was previously used on a first hand NL262 (JL6489) which withdrawn from the fleet after involved in a serious accident in 2005.
Further new buses were ordered by DBTSL after the commission of the NL262 from City Bus in 2007 to cope with the continuously growing demand for the external service. A batch of 5 brand new MAN NL263 bodied by Gemilang from Malaysia was ordered and this become the very last sample of the model in Hong Kong, all of them featured with a Voith fully automatic transmission and Carrier-Sutrak air-conditioning.
To cope with the new corporate image of Discovery Bay, a new style of livery was applied on those NL262 and Caetano bodied NL263 with fleet number prefix changed from HKR to DBAY in 2008.
As a replacement after the withdrawal of the Mercedes Benz O814 minibuses, two MAN NL273 single deckers were acquired in early 2009 and enhanced the carrying capacity of the fleet. MAN NL273 was the successor of NL263 and it was Euro 4 emission standard and first introduced to Hong Kong by NLB in 2008. Though they were bodied by Gemilang, a new frontal design was chosen. A repeated order for 3 MAN NL273 were made and delivered in the end of 2009 to cope with the development of DB North.
The fourth model of the MAN NL series in DBTSL is the MAN NL323 and the first sample was arrived at Discovery Bay in 2010 as a replacement of the third Mercedes Benz O405 DBAY120 commissioned in 1997 and this NL323 also inherited the same fleet number. It was hard to distinguish a NL323 from NL273 as the they shared the same bodywork design from Gemilang. An additional MAN NL323 was ordered and delivered in 2011 as a result of the withdrawal of a MAN NL262 new in 2001, the original fleet number of the NL262 was transferred to the NL323 as in the past.
DBTSL started to withdraw MAN NL262 and 263 since 2014, DBAY135(JL6971), a MAN NL262 new to DBTSL in 2001, was replaced by a Alexander Dennis Enviro200 in 2014. A batch of 5 NL262 together with a NL263 (DBAY188/KS3963), the first of the type to be withdrawn, was delicensed in Jan., 2016. The last two MAN NL262 in DBTSL, DBAY35(JM1972) and DBAY131(JL7593), were finally retired in Apr., 2017.
During the fleet renewal programme of DBTSL in 2018, a batch of MAN NL323 with the Lion's City Hybrid bodywork supplied from Gemilang was introduced to replace the Euro 3 standard members in the fleet. Until early Sep., 2018, Caetano bodied NL263 only left with DBAY166(KG2219) and expected to be withdrawn shortly while DBAY199 (MX2453) was the first NL263 with Gemilang bodywork to be retired in Aug., 2018.
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