Test: The Neoplan Tourliner has always found it tough to establish itself as a true Neoplan on the German market. After eleven years of production, we put a veteran coach to the test.
If you don't truly belong to the family, you can spend your whole life trying to get your voice heard. This truism often applies in the vehicle world, as is the case for the Neoplan Tourliner, the second version of a MAN bus after the Stuttgart-based manufacturer, which would have celebrated its 80th birthday in 2015, was taken over by MAN in 2002.
A Neoplan from Ankara? No split windshield? No window columns with the traditional 19° forward incline? "No way!" This was the loud reaction from customers across the country. The coach's design is based on the last Neoplan generation, and is a long way from the "sharp cut" design of later models that still shapes the brand to this day.
This certainly has its advantages, such as the large windshield that gives the driver excellent visibility. But it also comes with a few downsides. The single-spot headlights, for example, cannot be fitted with either xenon lights or cornering lights. On the whole, however, the Tourliner is an impressive sight, with the new front-end hood giving it a slightly more dynamic look. The sales figures for the first Turkish-made Neoplan have yet to take off, with 2,500 vehicles sold in over ten years not exactly being a mega success. The bus is a rare sight on German roads in particular. This is also due to the fact that the Tourliner is the bus of choice in markets such as the UK or Turkey. Since the early withdrawal of the Starliner luxury model, it has carried the burden of being the only right-hand drive MAN/Neoplan vehicle, making it particularly popular in Great Britain. The Tourliner therefore bravely embodies the luxury and exclusivity that have always made the Neoplan brand so special.