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One Of The Weirdest Buses Out There Has Three Decks, A Bunch Of Car Doors, And A Limousine Interior

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The bus is a fantastic form of transportation. Cram some people in a giant metal box then whisk them away to a destination. As I’ve written about numerous times, history is chock-full of legendary and iconic coaches and transit buses. What you don’t really see too often is a weird bus, which makes the rare find so much more intriguing. While searching for another bus, I stumbled upon a video of a sleeper bus in Pakistan. The Al Munir Super International Limousine Plus sleeper bus is a wild creation with what’s technically three decks of luxury for passengers traveling between capital cities. The weirdest part? The lowest “deck” features a bunch of car doors leading to private rooms.

[Editor’s Note: Autopian Drive-In is going to be a new daily series that’s mostly about some interesting video we found and desperately want to show you. Of course, because it’s us, sometimes it’ll end up becoming a huge rabbit hole, like Mercedes ended up down here. Sometimes it’ll be shorter. But hopefully it’ll always be fun? – JT]

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Admittedly, I have been spending inordinate amounts of time looking for GMC New Look transit buses. During the Illinois Railway Museum’s Bus Day back in September, it hit me that while the New Look bus was more common than the RTS I have sitting in storage, it seems that very few have survived. There isn’t really a life for most transit buses after service, so many get scrapped. In my desperate searches for New Looks for sale, I somehow fell into a rabbit hole of buses I’d never even seen before.

One of them is the Al Munir Super International Limousine Plus sleeper bus in Pakistan.

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About a month ago, TEKNIQ, a YouTube channel dedicated to showing off people doing their trades, uploaded a video giving viewers a tour and a ride along in this unique machine.

The Route

My favorite part about this video is its lack of narration and background music. Instead, you get to view the bus as if you’re right there, or about as close as you could get through a computer screen. But don’t worry, I’ve done all of the digging you’ll need to know. One of these days you’re going to have to pull me out of all of the rabbit holes I fall down.

The bus is operated by a company called Al Munir and it runs a bus service called the Super International, which has been running since 1983. I couldn’t find much information about this bus route aside from the fact that Super International provides daily service between Quetta and Karachi, both large cities in Pakistan. Assuming the bus takes a direct route, this is a drive that takes around 10 and a half hours, not including any stops. Quetta is known for its fruit orchards, dried fruits, and mountain views. The city is also a trade hub as it’s near the border with Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Karachi is the largest city in Pakistan and the 12th largest city in the world.

If a wealthy person wants to take a bus ride between these two cities, the Super International Falcon Business Class 2X1 offers a lavish journey.

The Bus

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The bus featured here is one I’ve never seen before, but the video gives us a number of clues. Along the side of the coach is a badge that says Yutong. I’ve never seen one of these buses before because Yutong is a Chinese bus manufacturer that serves a number of markets, none of them North America. The company offers some history for your reading pleasure:

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1963
Zhengzhou Bus Repair factory was established in 1963 and has experienced many ups and downs. Today, Yutong Bus has been exported to the world, with a global market share of 15%, as and Chinese enterprises with a sense of social responsibility.
1993
Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co., Ltd. was founded with a sales volume of 708 units.
1997
Listed in Shanghai Stock Exchange, Yutong Company became the first listed bus company in China.
2002
Yutong’s annual sales volume exceeded 10,000 units for the first time.

Apparently, Yutong is a bit of a bus powerhouse in China and it began exporting buses to other countries in 2006. The bus we’re looking at today appears to be a highly modified version of the C13 PRO Coach. This bus is shipped to Master Motor Corporation in Pakistan, where it’s assembled from a knock-down kit. In Pakistan, this bus is sold as the Yutong Master NOVA Bus.

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Master Motor explains its connections with Yutong:

In 2013, Master Motor Corporation (Pvt.) Ltd. signed technical license agreement with Yutong to enter into intercity bus segment of Pakistan. The first bus lined off from the plant in February 2016. These buses have been popularly known as Yutong-Master in Pakistan. Since then, Master Motor did not look back and took the bus market by storm. In 2017-18, Yutong- Master became the market leader with market share of more than 49%. Currently more than 1600 Yutong buses are running on the roads of Pakistan, including intercity, city, shuttle and apron buses, covering all major routes of the country.

According to a brochure for the unit, the bus is 41 feet long and is powered by a Weichai WP10.375, a 9.7-liter turbodiesel inline-six making 375 HP and 1076 lb-ft of torque. Power reaches the ground through a ZF 6S1610BO manual transmission and a Meritor rear axle. A Molead axle takes up the front. That drivetrain feeds from a generous 158-gallon fuel tank and everyone gets a cushy ride with a six-airbag suspension. Also notable is the fact that the bus has ABS and 8 electric radiator fans. Though, this exact bus appears to have just one giant belt-driven fan.

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Luxury

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I have not been able to find out what company did the modifications, but they are extensive. The lower “deck” was made to emulate a limo. Where the baggage compartments would be on a stock Yutong sits an array of fully-operational car doors. I’m unsure what car these doors came from, but when you pop them open, you’re presented with a private sleeping berth for two complete with a bed, television, refrigerator, power, blankets, and the basic amenities you might want on a road trip.

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As I said, the car doors still work, including the windows! It’s bizarre and I love it.

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The two upper “decks” are really just one deck with two layers of sleeping berths. These are similarly luxurious, but they aren’t private like the limo rooms down below. Amusingly, this bus has a lot of Ferrari branding and I wonder if Ferrari knows about that.

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Behind the sleeping berths are compartments for baggage as well as a small galley holding food and various drinks for passengers.

The rest of the video takes us on a drive. Traffic in the departure city seemed chaotic and at times the bus was headed into oncoming semi-truck traffic. But the driver seemed calm and collected. I bet the passengers were feeling pretty snug as well.

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If you happen to visit Pakistan one day and want to ride this bus, Super International doesn’t appear to have a website. Instead, you’re supposed to dial 0313 8394364 and book a ticket. All of it is perfectly ridiculous. As I write this, I just noticed that the car doors have mirrors in them, as if the riders down there need to know what’s going on behind the bus. Either way, I’m here for it, and I wish Greyhound got this nutty.

(All Screenshots: TEKNIQ on YouTube)

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Freelivin2713
Freelivin2713
7 months ago

Wow, crazy…I can just see the driver getting frustrated…”close those damn doors so we can go already”

Also have to add a reference:
“Great! Grand! Wonderful! NO YELLING ON THE BUS!!!”

Balloondoggle
Balloondoggle
7 months ago

Two thoughts come to mind:

Wow, a wanding and patdown before boarding. Sad commentary.

Second, “Support Disability” on a bus that has no apparent accessibility accommodations. I guess that sort of posturing silliness isn’t limited to the US.

Morgan Thomas
Morgan Thomas
7 months ago

I knew I’d seen Yutong badges on the back of a lot of buses down here in Australia, so I did a bit of looking – they’ve been imported here since 2012, including battery electric models, although we don’t appear to Limo Bus versions!

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
7 months ago

One star rating.

Would leave a negative review if I could.
“The Dave Mathews Band” literally shit on us in our comfortable cabin.

That’s the last time I buy “black water” tickets to ride around in the belly of a bus.

Zelda Bumperthumper
Zelda Bumperthumper
7 months ago

This is overall amazing. I love the sleeper berths, and the “limo” built into the lower level is clever in both idea and execution. This would probably never fly in the US though, and I personally am not game for riding around in the basement of a bus. Also, where do you pee?

Chartreuse Bison
Chartreuse Bison
7 months ago

That’s why the windows still open
Edit: someone already made the window joke, should have scrolled, but:
(I bet the doors still open at speed too)

Last edited 7 months ago by Chartreuse Bison
Speedway Sammy
Speedway Sammy
7 months ago

Pre-Covid I rode on a Chinese manufactured tour bus in the Caribbean that was an excellent copy of the typical N. American MCI coach. Can’t vouch for the reliability, but it appeared to operate just like the real thing and the interior was well finished.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
7 months ago

This is a little bit crazy but was it last week during an argument about mpg and maxed out mileage a reader posted some wid ass high mpg bases that were just GRONK?

SCJeff
SCJeff
7 months ago

If this lower deck is rockin’ don’t bother knockin’

James Gawne
James Gawne
7 months ago

Okay, but… what if you’re in one of the limo berths and nature calls? I see no accommodations for this predicament.

SCJeff
SCJeff
7 months ago
Reply to  James Gawne

You just open the sunroof and climb into the main cabin.

MaximillianMeen
MaximillianMeen
7 months ago

FALSE ADVERTISING!!!

It has “XXX” painted on the back, is decorated like a “gentlemen’s club” and yet not a single stripper pole!!! I demand a refund!

Blajghhh
Blajghhh
7 months ago

This is the kind of content that I will continue to subscribe for. I love it.

Rick Dalghren
Rick Dalghren
7 months ago

Having been to this part of the world…all that’s missing from the excellent video is the smell.

Uberscrub
Uberscrub
7 months ago

do they need no storage? are people traveling 10 hours by bus and not bringing any luggage?

SCJeff
SCJeff
7 months ago
Reply to  Uberscrub

Behind the sleeping berths are compartments for baggage as well as a small galley holding food and various drinks for passengers.”

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
7 months ago

Master also builds the Changan Alsvin under license, could the doors be off that? Would make sense for them to use whatever lying around the factory

Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson
7 months ago

10 hour trip? Where is the bathroom? I don’t think I could handle hours in the lower limo section without being able to move around the bus.

TXJeepGuy
TXJeepGuy
7 months ago
Reply to  Chris Johnson

thats why the windows roll down.

Turbeaux
Turbeaux
7 months ago

I bet that bus has a sweet horn, too. My son is obsessed with sirens and horns, and the Pakistani buses are the best.

Lockleaf
Lockleaf
7 months ago

A lot of that bus seems really nice, and then the carpet is just slapped in there. Its even on one side and sticks up like 3 inches on the other side. It doesn’t seem to be attached to the entry stairs either. Very odd.

however, the 1000 ft lbs tq and a manual transmission is awesome.

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
7 months ago
Reply to  Lockleaf

Like a cruise ship it is best not to look too close.

Bram Oude Elberink
Bram Oude Elberink
7 months ago

By accident I saw a different version of the video on the channel. 8 minutes in the videos they switch to the productions facility of buses in Pakistan. I don’t think this bus is converted, it is purposely built like this. Quality of the work is questionable, everything is done by hand in someone’s shed. https://youtu.be/Mhpe259ypl0?feature=shared&t=480

Last edited 7 months ago by Bram Oude Elberink
Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson
7 months ago

The seats definitely looked that way

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
7 months ago

Always been a fan of “Odie” ears side view mirrors.
They never fail to elicit a giggle from me.

Mike B
Mike B
7 months ago

Haha, I’d never thought of that, but henceforth I will always think of those mirrors that way. Thanks!

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
7 months ago
Reply to  Mike B

To steal a line from ABarth.
“Happy to help.”

MATTinMKE
MATTinMKE
7 months ago

I didn’t see the Ferrari branding. Where was it?

MATTinMKE
MATTinMKE
7 months ago

Missed it. I’ll look again. Thanks Mercedes!

MATTinMKE
MATTinMKE
7 months ago
Reply to  MATTinMKE

How blatant can they be about it!

Amberturnsignalsarebetter
Amberturnsignalsarebetter
7 months ago

There’s also a giant prancing horse on the outside of the cab. I dream of the parallel universe where this vehicle gets the official nod of approval from Maranello.

Dar Khorse
Dar Khorse
7 months ago

I can’t believe I just enjoyed a 13 minute mostly silent film that starts with 5 minutes of Pakastani Al Pacino cleaning a bus. That is a fantastic and comfortable-looking vehicle and if buses in the US were like that, interstate bus travel would be a real thing. I’d much rather spend a few hours traveling like that than taking a 2 or 3 hour plane trip (which is really closer to 4 or 5 hours with arrival times, TSA, etc.).

Robert M. Graham
Robert M. Graham
7 months ago
Reply to  Dar Khorse

I watched that video a couple of weeks ago. I had the same thought about watching someone clean a bus …

Black Peter
Black Peter
7 months ago
Reply to  Dar Khorse

“Clean”… Changing the sheets aside (different culture, no shade), I didn’t see any cleaning products touch Al’s rag after cleaning the tires, so I’m assuming he took the wet rag he cleaned the tires with and detailed the interior?

121gwats
121gwats
7 months ago

They figured out how to sell premium tickets to ride in the luggage compartment, that’s amazing. Looks cozy, might trigger my claustrophobia.

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