MAN Truck & Bus

MAN has written its own history with its development from a small assembly plant to one of the leading international suppliers of commercial vehicles. Today, trucks and buses with the silver lion can be seen on roads across the globe. MAN has had to overcome some major challenges on the road to international success. Throughout it all, the company has continued to make a decisive contribution to the development of passenger and goods transportation – a fine tradition, which will also continue into the next 100 years. Take a journey through over a century of commercial vehicle construction with MAN.

Our beginnings

Entrepreneur Ludwig Sander together with engineer Jean Gaspard Dollfus founded the first direct predecessor company to MAN, the Sander’sche Maschinenfabrik (Sander’s Machine Shop), in Augsburg in 1840. In 1844 this was renamed to C. Reichenbach’sche Maschinenfabrik – after printing machine pioneer Carl August Reichenbach who made the company famous with his innovative invention. A further renaming to Maschinenfabrik Augsburg followed in 1857. In 1841 the Eisengießerei und Maschinenfabrik Klett & Comp was formed as a sister company in Nuremberg, but was renamed as Maschinenbau-Actiengesellschaft Nürnberg in 1873. By 1898 the companies in Augsburg and Nuremberg merged to form the Vereinigten Maschinenfabrik Augsburg und Maschinenbaugesellschaft Nürnberg A.G. – and in 1908 they ultimately branded themselves as Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg AG, abbreviated to M.A.N.

Aerial view of the Maschinenfabrik Augsburg from 1859
Aerial view of the Nuremberg plant from 1905

MAN’s roots additionally extend back to another, indirect predecessor company: the Eisenhütte St. Antony founded in 1758 in Oberhausen as the first company involved in heavy industry in the Ruhr. In 1808 this company merged with two other neighbouring ironworks to become Hüttengewerkschaft und Handlung Jacobi, Haniel & Huyssen. By 1873 that had transformed into the Gutehoffnungshütte, Aktienverein für Bergbau und Hüttenbetrieb, abbreviated to GHH. The ironworks become important to MAN from 1921: this was the year when it took over majority control of the financially stricken Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg (M.A.N.). This merger guaranteed long term supplies of coal, iron and steel to Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg AG. After the end of the Second World War, GHH was broken up into three separate divisions at the instigation of the British occupying power, including the machinery and plant engineering division with its subsidiary M.A.N. The GHH Group was redeveloped and restructured in the mid 1980s. Independent divisions were spun off in the 1985/86 financial year, such as the commercial vehicle division, turbo and diesel division and the printing press division. This resulted in the GHH Group being reorganised under the name of its subsidiary MAN. The dots between the three company letters were dropped and the registered office was relocated from Oberhausen to Munich.

MAN Saurer Werk Lindau 1915
Fließbandproduktion NBG 30er Jahre

Journey through the history of truck production 1951

Take a trip into the past with MAN. The year is 1951. Have a look in the MAN production halls and see the original sequence of production for the manufacture of MAN F8 short-nose trucks. From the initial production step through to delivery.

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MAN production halls in Nuremberg

Werk München Luftbild 1957

The 1970s and 1980s saw MAN expanding, predominantly internationally.

The Munich-based commercial vehicle manufacturer also produced and sold trucks and buses in South Africa, the United States and Turkey. They were also able to achieve a considerable production capacity in Austria thanks to the takeover of the ÖAF, Gräf & Stift and Steyr brands.

With the G90, M90 and F90, MAN established a vehicle family consisting of a series of lightweight, medium-weight and heavy-duty trucks, which is still around today in a similar form.

The former MAN vehicle family: the G90, M90 and F90

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The MAN F90 – Truck of the Year 1987

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Two MAN-VW G90s on the test track in 1981

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An MAN SG 192 articulated bus out and about in the United States

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TGA in Spanien 2002
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The new MAN TG vehicles

A harmonious interplay of maximum output, the highest levels of efficiency and unbeatable performance. All found in a more self-assured design with optimised functionality. The following video will show you the new MAN. The best of all time. Have a look for yourself.

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