MAN buses for the 2010 soccer World Cup
MAN Nutzfahrzeuge secures major order from South Africa
Speaking at the contract signing, Thomas Hemmerich, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus South Africa, said: "We are proud of the fact that we have secured this major order in conjunction with the soccer World Cup. The vehicles boast excellent chassis that are made in Germany and first-class bodies tailored to suit the needs of the market and produced locally at our plant in Olifantsfontein."
The MAN Lion's Explorer is an intercity bus with right-hand drive that was specially developed for the African market. It is based on the fully airsuspended HB4/310 front-engine chassis with three axles that are manufactured to the highest quality standards as CKD kits at MAN's Salzgitter plant. The vehicles are driven by efficient MAN D20 common-rail engines with 310 hp that meet the Euro 3 standard.
MAN has led the bus market in South Africa for years. Based on current projections, MAN will supply just under 500 of the vehicles on the entire market (about 1,500 vehicles) in 2009 as a whole; this corresponds to a market share of around 30%.
The MAN Group is one of Europe's leading industrial players in transport-related engineering, with revenue of approximately €15 billion in 2008. As a supplier of trucks, buses, diesel engines, turbo machinery and special gear systems, MAN employs approximately 49,500 people worldwide. Its business areas hold leading positions in their respective markets. MAN SE, Munich, is listed in the DAX (German Stock Index), which comprises Germany's thirty leading stock corporations.