The Government of the Russian Federation, responding to Western sanctions, adopted a decree No. 656 six years ago, which introduced a ban on the purchase of foreign car vehicles to provide state and municipal needs. It declared the transition to the technique of the countries of the Customs Union, produced in the Russian Federation, the Republic of Belarus or Kazakhstan.

If we take a branch of intracity passenger traffic, then this resolution did not even help the oldest trolleybus plant «Trolza» and the enterprise ordered a long time to live. Our channel has already reported about it. Also in the difficult financial situation there is a company producing buses «Volzhanin». Today, bus plants are in difficult position, but, despite the pandemic and other crisis phenomena in the cities of the Russian Federation, the process of updating public transport was not stopped. Municipal and regional authorities continue to buy a rolling stock and replenish them bus parks.

And it is important to introduce modern reliable technique. Today competition for the right to participate in such public procurement, as a rule, participate

At the very end of July, a presentation was held in St. Petersburg at Nevsky Prospect for the leadership of the city and the branch of the passenger transport of the new generation of MAZ-303266 ecological class Euro-6.

Earlier, in June, such a presentation was held in Kolpino Leningrad Region. There, the new eco-friendly (Euro-6) bus of the new generation of MAZ will work for several months on city routes of the city. According to the results of the experienced operation, this technique will be made to acquire such equipment in the city park. In St. Petersburg, the MAZ-303266 bus will also work for five months before the New Year and, according to the results of the pilot operation of the SPB, the Passengeraneuverass and the Department of Transportation will decide.

But it is noteworthy that St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region are advanced regions, and other cities need budget versions of buses that correspond to the Euro-5 environmental class. And such a new generation bus is designed on the Minsk Automobile Plant.

When a presentation was held last year in the third generation city bus, the factory workers emphasized: MAZ-303266 is an option for EU markets, equipped with regard to all European requirements. But for less demanding markets, what are the Republic of Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and other countries of the post-Soviet space — will be produced a budget option, more affordable in price.

What is the difference between this version of MAZ-303065 from advanced? Let’s start with the front suspension. On this modification, the suspension is made dependent. However, independent is among the additional options — it all depends on the wishes of the customer. Also on the «budget» version there are no circular survey cameras. There are practically no differences on the interior layout — the motor mine remained the same massive. Changes in the interior are minimal. Only the glass hatches in the roof were disappeared, a soft back disappeared around the perimeter of the cumulative platform. Seats of another model, handrails are attached to backs differently. Air conditioning is included in the basic equipment.

Differences in the power unit. Since Euro-5 level engines are less cumbersome compared to Euro-6 engines, designers had to completely reproduce the engine compartment. But it is not noticeable for passengers. On a new masse, with the aim of unification with Euro-5 buses, the second generation exhaust is derived. True, the pipe of the muffler is directed not vertically up, but sticks out of the rear random.

Budgetary MAZ-303065 is equipped with a 285-power engine Mercedes-Benz OM926LA ecological standard Euro-5, which is not as complex according to the design, has a smaller cost and must be cheaper in operation. Recall that the Mercedes-Benz OM936LA Euro-6, which is equipped with MAZ-303266, has a power of 300 hp. The gearbox on both modifications is a 6-speed «automatic» ZF 6AP1200B.

Capacity 105 passengers, 27 seats.

In general, such budget masses of the third generation is not fundamentally different from the Euro-6 modification for the European market … And this means that Russian cities choose this model a modern, comfortable and reliable bus. It remains for us to follow the market of the bus technology of the Russian Federation, which place on it will occupy the Belarusian manufacturer.

In the meantime, it is characterized by the following figures. In the first five months of 2020, in the first place, the grooves with a volume of implementation of 2 319 new buses, on the second — Liaz with 771 sold by the machine. The top three leaders of the Russian bus market closes nefhas with 543 buses. But the Belarusian automaker MAZ in fourth place is 262 bus sold. As you can see, the backlog from the two Russian producers of large-class buses is essential.