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FC Bayern Munich travels with MAN
New team coach for German football league championship record holder is an MAN Lion’s Coach L Supreme
Peter Erichreineke, Director Marketing & Sales at the MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Group, commented on the premium sponsoring arrangement as follows: "As a Munich-based manufacturer we are proud that FC Bayern has decided on us as a sponsor. Our two brands traditionally stand for top quality and occupy leading positions at the international level." Even now FC Bayern is convinced about the new team coach: "I'm pleased that our team will from now on be travelling safely and in comfort with an ultra-modern MAN team coach. After all, only if our players arrive relaxed can they summon up their best performance on the turf," said Uli Hoeness, Deputy Chairman of FC Bayern Munich.
Ultra-modern and luxurious
The current Lion's Coach Supreme model has been available since 2006 and is part of a range for which over 3,000 vehicles have already been built, making it one of the most successful coaches in the history of MAN. With its black metallic paintwork this premium "Supreme" version with closed ceiling and high-value aluminium details in the design is more than a good match for the internationally successful FC Bayern Munich. Its powerful propulsion comes from an efficient 480 hp MAN common-rail engine which, with MAN PURE DIESEL® technology, meets the required emission limits without need for additives.
Realised to a large extent with system partner Frenzel, the interior fittings go far beyond the already extensive possibilities offered in series production and provide everything a sportsman's heart desires. They include four tables with electrically adjustable legrests which lower into the floor, 30 exclusive leather seats and countless multimedia facilities such as a premium sound system from Bang & Olufsen, four 19-inch TFT screens, a DVD system and preparation for W-LAN. Satellite TV in team coaches can nowadays be taken as read. The generously sized kitchen at the rear with Ceran hob and ice-cube machine leaves no wish unfilled in the on-board service either. An emergency generator in the luggage compartment ensures that the high-value equipment is constantly ready for use.
Safely to the top of the league
Neither has safety been neglected. Beside functions such as ABS (anti-lock braking system), which have been a matter of course at MAN for years now, and a reinforced bus body, the new MAN Lion's Coach Supreme also features ESP (Electronic Stability Program) to prevent overturning and LGS (Lane Guard System), which reliably warns the driver if he is about to stray from his lane. High-quality xenon headlights and cameras at the front and for reversing guarantee a optimal view at all times. And when the FC Bayern players are actually fighting for national and international titles on the pitch, not only the regular driver, Sandra König, but also an electronically controlled alarm system ensure that the team coach itself and everything in it remains where it is.
Altogether, under the umbrella of the MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Group, the two bus brands MAN and NEOPLAN sold over 7,300 vehicles in 2007. In the last few years they have become well represented with numerous coaches in the Bundesliga.
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