Bus Nr. 3 (2019)
The Neoplan Jumbocruiser was an articulated double-deck multi-axle city coach built by Neoplan Bus GmbH between 1975 and 1992. At 18 metres (59 ft) in length, 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) wide and 4 m (13 ft) in height, it is in the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest bus with a capacity for 170 passengers.
The Jumbocruiser was first manufactured in 1975 but never went into full-scale production.
Bus Nr. 4 (1976)
One Jumbocruiser, with ‘extremely comfortable seating’ for 80 passengers operated a route from Belgium to Spain on high intensity work and traveled some 160,000 km (99,000 mi) from new. This vehicle was involved in a rollover accident, initially claimed caused by a design fault but the parties concerned agreed that it was due to driver error while handling a cup of coffee.
Bus Nr. 10 (2012)
The cost of a new jumbo cruiser in 1977 was about DM 1.1 million. A comparable Skyliner double-decker type N122/3 cost only about 460,000 DM at the time.
Of the eleven vehicles of this type, nine are still in operation, but in most cases no longer with the original function as a coach. This is mainly due to the fact that countries such as France generally refuse entry or make them subject to expensive exemptions. In addition, the market for bus travel also declined in principle, forcing tour operators to procure vehicles as cheaply as possible. For these reasons, the four-axle, 15 m long double-decker Neoplan “Megaliner” with two front steering axles was denied a breakthrough.
Neoplan Megaliner in Japan
Bus No. 11 (2015)
The last model of the Neoplan Jumbocruiser had a different axle formula due to its rear mounted engine.