FAW launches Busmark-bodied 33-seater

The partnering of FAW Truck Manufacturers South Africa and Busmark is said by FAW to present customers with the unique opportunity to acquire a bus that will provide a very favourable low cost of operation combined with a comfortable and safe ride for commuters.

The 33-seater bus is built on the same chassis and uses the same drivetrain as FAW’s 8.140FL range, the manufacturer’s best selling range in both 2015 and 2016.

In a bus environment where comfort and safety are top of mind, it is imperative that the most cost-effective combination of chassis and drivetrain be engineered to deliver the best levels of uptime efficiency and durability, while simultaneously providing convenient transportation for commuters.

The parallel chassis frame and smooth top flange chassis construction have a distinct low-weight advantage, especially when mounting a steel sub-frame bus body. The locally built chassis passes through a special paint station to enhance its dust and dirt endurance and longevity – a unique South African addition.

The suspension is of the straight ladder-type with semi-elliptical leaf springs, together with front double acting shock absorbers and rear auxiliary springs – all contributing to driver and passenger comfort.

The chassis and drivetrain starts at the powerhouse Euro III Cummins ISF 3,8-litre engine. The high-pressure, common rail 4-cylinder, in-line engine is well suited to the task. Fitted with a turbocharger, it is water-cooled and intercooled. Benefits include exceptional performance, low operating costs, low weight, low noise and low emissions.

A water-gated turbocharger provides excellent performance across the whole rpm range, as well as good response through higher low-end torque.

The ZF 6 S 500 TO Ecoline six-speed manual gearbox is a great match to the engine as it provides the transfer of power to the road, adding easy driveability and full driver control.

Torque is 450 Nm at between 1 200 and 2 200 rpm, while output of 105 kW is on tap at 2 600 rpm.

The four-circuit protection valve, full-air brake system provides the bus with another advantage, as it is easier to maintain. The braking system includes full ABS. The additions of ABS and an air-cut parking brake are invaluable to driver and passenger safety.

Busmark has been supplying a comprehensive range of buses, bus services and products to the southern African market and beyond for more than 40 years. More than 7 500 buses have rolled off its production lines.

Busmark’s ISO-certified production facilities in Johannesburg and the Western Cape produce 80 units a month for right- and left hand drive markets, using more than 80% local content (independently verified) for bodywork on all its buses.

Busmark vehicles range from economy units for short commuting buses, including inner-city bus rapid transit (BRT), to luxury units for long distance travel. All of its buses are designed and tested to comply with the requirements of the compulsory vehicle standard issued by the SABS and the Road Traffic Act No. 29 of 1989 and regulations as updated. This includes SABS 1563:1992 Rollover protection.

Busmark standard bodywork is from Chromaprep steel sheeting with GRP manufactured front and rear domes.

The panoramic windscreen is tinted, laminated safety glass, while the side windows are tinted, toughened safety glass set in sliding type front to back aluminium frames.

Busmark provides several comfort features as standard fitment, including a handrail the length of the bus, LED strip lights and illuminated entrance steps.

For passenger convenience there are easily accessible parcel shelves in vinyl. The floor is covered with durable PVC-based flexible sheeting designed for critical high wear applications. Non-slip flooring contributes to commuter safety, with all seams ‘welded’ to prevent water ingress.

Individual seats are of steel tubular construction which is powder-coated, combined with split-back vinyl seats. All seats include lap-type safety belts.

The FAW drivetrain and chassis warranty is two years/200 000 km, with on-road service intervals of 15 000 km and off-road service intervals of 10 000 km.

The Busmark warranty is three years/ unlimited km on body structure and anti-corrosion measures, while the bodywork warranty – in respect of faulty workmanship or material – is valid for 12 months.

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