East Lancs Kinetec

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East Lancs Kinetec
MAN East Lancs Stagecoach 1.jpg
Stagecoach 22504, an East Lancs Kinetec, in Perth.
Manufacturer East Lancashire Coachbuilders
Body and chassis
Doors 1 door
Floor type Low floor
Chassis MAN
Engine MAN
The only East Lancs Kinetec+, Reading Buses' 501.

The East Lancs Kinetec is a type of low-floor bus body for MAN chassis. Both variants were launched at Euro Bus Expo 2006.

Kinetec (single decker)[edit]

The standard Kinetec is a single-decker bus body that appears to have been influenced by the Optare Sigma body in styling and construction. Unlike the Sigma though it is of low floor design. Reviews from its launch in Euro Bus Expo 2006 were very poor. Like the Scania OmniTown the bus uses the East Lancs Esteem body, but with the chassis maker's (MAN's) "Lion's City" front.

Stagecoach Western has 10 Kinetec MANs with the 18.240 HOCL-NL (A69) chassis, to flesh its older MAN 18.2x0s, including the ones with other bodies built, fleet out.[1][2]

Kinetec+ (double decker)[edit]

The Kinetec+ is a double-decker bus seemingly influenced by the Optare Spectra body, with an improved MAN ND283F (A48) chassis. The first prototype body has a low-height (4 metres) design under EU regulations, but which has been criticised. Another prototype in London specification with a 4.3 metre height had been planned, but this had not materialised.

Like later Spectras, the body is of low floor design and has the same lower dash panel as the single decker Kinetec. Like the Kinetec, this bus again uses the chassis maker's (MAN's) front with the East Lancs Olympus body.


Both the Kinetec and Kinetec+ were placed on display at the Euro Bus Expo 2006 with "KINETEC" lettering, but with plates bearing the alternative spelling "KINETIC". The LED displays also showed the name with an "I". This has inevitably led to some uncertainty as to the correct spelling of the model name.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Western Bus Company Overview". Page 18. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Another photo of the car 22504". A Vehicle of Stagecoach Western. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 

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