New sales centre for Sweden opened

MAN Truck & Bus and Svenska NEOPLAN under one roof

München, (PresseBox) - Sweden's largest bus importer, MAN, has opened a new Truck & Bus Center for the MAN and NEOPLAN brands in th Stockholm region. With the 297 buses delivered in 2006 the market share in Sweden amounts to 25.6 per cent. At the official opening of the sales center MAN also presented the new truck ranges, TGX and TGS, and the MAN Lion's City hybrid bus. With the new developments the market share for trucks is to be doubled to 8 per cent in the next few years. "We are very proud to have become one of the most important providers in Sweden in such a short time with MAN buses. With the new sales centre we can serve our customers even more quickly and effectively," said Peter Erichreineke, Director Marketing & Sales at MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG.

The new center offers comprehensive service for trucks and buses bearing the MAN and NEOPLAN brands. It has a useful area of more than 7,000 square metres; the vehicles are displayed in an 800 square metre showroom, while the workshop covers some 2,500 square metres. Altogether the new MAN sales center will employ just under 60 persons. Beside this MAN Truck & Bus runs its own vocational training centre for mechatronics specialists which works together closely with the local vocational training schools. Both truck and bus customers are supported by trained personnel – from vehicle sales via the repairs desk up to the sale of spare parts and accessories.

Claus Bay, Managing Director of the general importer Svenska NEOPLAN A.B., said at the opening ceremony: "With this new branch a dream that we've had for a long time has finally come true. We are particularly pleased that together with our colleagues from the truck side we can exploit further synergies in all areas of service." The MAN Truck & Bus Center will be managed by Hans Carlstrand.

At the opening of the new sales centre customers and journalists were treated to a presentation of the MAN hybrid bus recently presented for the first time at the UITP Congress in Helsinki. With the new optimised Lion's City hybrid low-floor bus the MAN developers have started to write a new chapter in the development of modern city buses. Diesel-electric hybrid systems consume less fossil fuel and thus help to defuse the CO2 problem. Beside this hybrid drive sytems can also be combined with alternative fuels and drive types. Here MAN is one of the pioneers: even back in the 1970s MAN engineers were working on various technologies for storing and using brake energy. Alongside the many natural-gas buses in operation in Sweden, MAN is thus once again demonstrating its high level of competence in the field of environmental and climate protection.

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