In the early 1990s, Singapore Bus Service (SBS) had purchased the Nissan Civilian and Mercedes-Benz 811D midibus averaging 7 metres in length and introduced to a number of low ridership services. To improve ride quality even further on these services, SBS ordered 10 units of Dennis Dart for delivery in 1994. With a length of 9.4 metres and far superior specifications as compared to the former, it was first introduced to service M1 and M2 (later renumbered as 92 and 42 respectively) where passenger loading were higher than the other low ridership services.
The axles were generally smaller than other public buses as they are not designed for heavy loading. They were unique not only because of its size, but also of the use of Alison AT545 gearbox that is significant in Singapore, as not many buses were fitted with such gearbox (including private coach operators). They were powered by the Cummins 6BT engine which is rated 130bhp, similar to other Darts introduced elsewhere in the world. Air-conditioning was supplied by Sutrak.
As the bus was generally smaller than other public buses, there were only 1 EZ-Link Card Reader at both the Entrance and Exit. In 2003, SBS Transit trialed the Darts on a few services which has lower demand than others do. Services like 33, 229, 284 had Dennis Dart for a moment, before they were replaced back to normal 12 metre buses as it was not feasible to use such buses in the long run.
|Bus Operator||SBS Transit|
|Fleet registration||SBS 8009 A – SBS 8018 Z|
|Chassis||Dennis Dart 9SDL.3037|
|Air-conditioner||Sütrak AC 35|
|Engine & Transmission|
|Power||130bhp (97 kW) @ 2500 rpm|
|Torque||470 Nm @ 1500 rpm|
|Emission Standard||Euro I|
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