The Cityliner N116 also pushes the boundaries in bus construction in other categories. Previously, the aim was to get as many people as possible cheaply from A to B, but this is where Neoplan invented the principle of luxury travel for the industry. The impetus came from the chief engineer, the Swiss-born Hans Robert “Bob” Lee and the company owner at the time, Albrecht Auwärter.
High-deckers are becoming the standard long-distance bus model
What is being presented to the specialist audience on the Côte d’Azur at the 20th International Bus Week makes many puff their cheeks: The Cityliner N116 breaks with many of the conventions of the time. The passengers also sit here – and since then – on the second floor, in a light glass palace with an almost unobstructed all-round view. This “high-decker” has been the dominant bus model ever since, and everyone has it in their range.
Wheel arches, stowage spaces and engine shaft are located far below the passenger zone. This allows the lounge area to be designed steplessly with uniformly large legroom. For the first time, all 45 seats had jet ventilation and curtains, as we know it from every coach today. And there are other innovations that are almost a matter of course in a coach today.