It could be shutting shop in India but MAN Truck & Bus is doing well in Europe’s key markets. The Volkswagen group brand reported a record order in June 2018. Between 2019 and 2022, MAN is set to supply up to 1,000 of its new Lion’s City and Lion’s Intercity buses to 31 regional bus companies of DB Regio AG in Germany.
DB Regio is Germany’s biggest operator of buses and a long-standing customer of MAN Truck & Bus. Sixty one hybrid Lion’s City buses are set to be operating on the roads of Warsaw, Poland, in the future, helping lower emissions. June 2018 marked the start of the practical phase of the joint research project on platooning, which is run by MAN Truck & Bus, DB Schenker, and the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences.
A platoon made up of two connected MAN semi-trailer tractors drove from the DB Schenker center in Neufahrn, Munich, to Nuremberg for the first time. The regular test drives to take place on the A9 highway between Munich and Nuremberg are intended to put platooning to the test.
The eTGE, an electric van launched in March 2018, does its bit for electric mobility. With a range of up to 160 km and a load capacity of up to 1.7 tonnes, the eTGE is perfectly suited for urban and zero-emission distribution needs. The serial production of the eTGE began in July 2018.
MAN Truck & Bus’s activities in the field of digitisation also include a partnership with Solera, which was set up in March 2018 with a long-term horizon and the aim of pressing further ahead with digitising after-sales connectivity. This includes the use of Digital Garage, a Solera platform, in the future.