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NEOPLAN Jumbocruiser
Cropped jumbo
The last ever built NEOPLAN Jumbocruiser,
totally redesigned
Manufacturer Neoplan
Production 1975-1992
Assembly Plauen, Saxony, Germany
Class Commercial vehicle
Body style(s) Articulated double-deck multi-axle city coach
Layout Rear-engine design
Engine(s) Diesel engine

The NEOPLAN Jumbocruiser was an articulated double-deck multi-axle city coach built by NEOPLAN Bus GmbH between 1975 and 1992. At 18 meters in length, 2.50m wide and 4m in height[1], it is in the Guinness World Records as the world's largest bus with a capacity for 170 passengers.[2]

HistoryEdit

The Jumbocruiser was first manufactured in 1975 but never went into full-scale production.[1]

One Jumbocruiser, with 'extremely comfortable seating' for 80 passengers operated a route from Belgium to Spain on high intensity work and traveled some 160,000km from new. This vehicle was involved in a rollover accident, initially thought to be caused by a design problem, but was later attributed to driver error.[3]

It was then rebuilt by Jumbocruiser Ltd (no connection) of Bristol in England. They used the services of Richard Cœur de Lyon (now called the Caross Center) near Mons in Belgium to completely strip the coach and rebuild it to a more modern design, and with modified suspension.[3] A modern digital turntable was prepared and fitted by HÜBNER in Germany. The internal combustion engine, gearbox, braking system, wiring looms, and the dashboard were replaced and upgraded. A new dashboard with semi-digital wrap-around unit was installed in place of the original rust-prone flat unit. Modern front and end caps were fitted, and were eventually reduced after they were found to be too wide. The vehicle was tested by Vehicle and Operator Services Agency in the UK in November 2006[3] and by 2007 Jumbocruiser Ltd. began to market the bus as a "rock 'n' roll" star sleeper bus.[citation needed] but had sold it by February 2010.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "History from 1972 to 1975". Neoplan. Retrieved on 2010-02-024.
  2. "Guinness Book Of World Records". Retrieved on 2010-02-24.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Jumbo Cruiser Diary". Retrieved on 2010-02-24. “"At first the insurance company claimed against Neoplan for making an unsafe vehicle but eventually it was established the cause was due to driver error while handling a cup of coffee at speed"”
  4. "home". Jumbocruiser Ltd. Retrieved on 2010-02-24.
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