MAN Truck & Bus
MAN sponsors FC Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, VfL Wolfsburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach, RB Leipzig and Hamburger SV – six top German clubs that use a MAN team coach for their travels.
“The team” in its MAN-team coach
The German national football team travels in an exclusively equipped MAN Lion´s Coach. The women’s and U 21 national teams also use a customised team coach provided by MAN Truck & Bus for their travels.
“The team” enjoys a coach with a hefty 500 HP (368 kW). The women’s national team too can be pleased with a new MAN Lion´s Coach C at 460 HP (288 kW) for its team journeys. The stars of tomorrow in the U 21 national team also get mobile team facilities with MAN branding – likewise a Lion´s Coach C with a powerful 460 HP (228 kW). All three DFB team coaches are decked with extensive special equipment and an exclusive interior design. The MAN Bus Modification Centre in Plauen was responsible for individual configuration of these three-axle vehicles that are 13.4 metres long.
In addition to built-in table and leg-rests in the front row, all 36 leather passenger seats are equipped with adjustable headrests. Four Vis-à-Vis tables, two of which are height-adjustable, provide space for meetings before and after the game. A high-quality catering area with ample storage space, refrigerator and coffee bar as well as a comfort toilet make a stay on board a pleasant one. The powerful multimedia equipment also leaves little to be desired: Premium WLAN with LTE reception, media server, LCD monitors in the stern, a sound system with additional speakers and subwoofers, HDMI connection as well as USB sockets ensure the best entertainment.
The DFB managers pay particular attention to the issue of safety.
In addition to observing the surroundings through six cameras, the DFB team's MAN Lion's Coach is equipped with numerous assistance systems such as Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Lane Keeping System (LGS), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), rain/light sensor, MAN AttentionGuard attention assistant and proximity cruise control (ACC).
Setting records with MAN
Record holding Bundesliga leader FC Bayern Munich has been sponsored by MAN since 2008. MAN provides Germany's most successful football club with a team coach and a mobile fan shop. Since the 2018/19 season, the team has travelled home after its victories in a MAN Lion‘s Coach that is equipped with lots of special features.
MAN presented the largest ever exhibition of MAN models in front of Berlin's Olympic Stadium in 2018. MAN TGEs displayed the potential player formation ahead of the last obligatory match managed by Jupp Heynckes. This involved eleven MAN TGEs with laminated placards showing portraits of the players and their shirt numbers.
BVB drives MAN
This football club from Dortmund is now considered one of the top teams – no longer just in Germany. MAN has been partnered with Borussia Dortmund since 2010 and provides them with a team coach and a mobile fan shop. BVB's championship celebration in 2012 involving a cabriolet MAN truck was one of the highlights of the partnership. The team has been travelling in a new coach since the 2018/19 season.
MAN can also benefit from the progress made by BVB. Their numerous international journeys mean that MAN can reach additional target markets with its products, thus making its partnerships more tangible for the local sales regions.
Leader of the pack for VfL Wolfsburg
The "wolves" at VfL Wolfsburg have been able to rely on support from MAN since 2010. This also includes a MAN Lion´s Coach for team journeys.
Triumphal procession as cup winners
Cup winners deserve to be celebrated. A unique, new MAN double-decker bus enabled the "wolves" to present the golden winner's trophy to their fans during a motorcade through Wolfsburg city centre.
Exclusive bus arrival area in Wolfsburg
MAN collaborated with VfL Wolfsburg to redesign the external facade of the bus arrival area at the Volkswagen Arena for the 2018/19 season. A fitting welcome for the MAN-team coach.
A coach for the juniors
MAN has committed itself to the young talent at Borussia Mönchengladbach since 2012. This involves MAN providing the official team coach for the junior eleven.
The "schwarz-weiss-blau" express on the road
MAN has been partnered with Hamburger SV since 2010 and provides a comfortable MAN-team coach.
The Volkspark garage
There is even a stadium atmosphere in the team coach garage. MAN decorated the garage interior with a 50 metre long panoramic motif of the north, west and south stands at the Volksparkstadion.
Lots of space for the (literally) big stars of FC Bayern Basketball is available in the team coach that MAN provides to the club. MAN has been partnered with this Bundesliga team since 2011.
Snowfall, biting winds, icy roads; but the equipment for the German Ski Association's national biathlon and cross-country skiing teams has to arrive on time where it is needed – even in extreme weather conditions.
MAN assists the German Ski Association as a reliable commercial vehicle partner. This partnership involves MAN making two MAN TGX trucks available to the national biathlon and cross-country skiing teams. These are equipped with special wax application stations, so that the trucks also operate as mobile ski workshops.
MAN's waxing trucks have several advantages compared with standard waxing containers: not only do they save time loading and unloading the equipment, but the technicians also see health aspects as being particularly important. An extraction system in the truck prevents the toxic gases that arise when waxing the skis from being emitted within the workshop.
Operational even during extreme weather: the intelligent MAN HydroDrive® auxiliary drive enables these trucks to overcome extreme weather conditions to ensure punctual availability of the athletes' equipment where it is needed.
Racing cars on board: MAN has been assisting the team at EKS Performance AB and driver Mattias Ekström for six years. MAN tractor units are used to transport the racing cars to their venues. MAN commercial vehicles are also used to safely carry the DTM and LMP vehicles and all the Audi Sport equipment to the race events.
Racing driver Mattias Ekström and his team at EKS Performance AB and Abt Sportsline have of late been very pleased with the new MAN vehicles which transport their racing cars. Each of the teams received two MAN TGX D38 tractor units.
Having won the DTM title in both 2004 and 2007, Mattias Ekström is seen as one of the world's best touring car racing drivers. He is also the longest serving and most successful Audi driver in the DTM. EKS Performance AB is his private rallycross team; the Swede has been driving for ABT Sportsline in the German Touring Car Masters (DTM) since 2001.
The partnership with MAN has resulted in EKS Performance AB's racing cars arriving safely at their destination since 2014. The MAN trucks transport the team's racing vehicles, their mobile workshop, equipment and mobile communications centre to the race venues.
MAN and Audi Sport have enjoyed a long partnership. Audi Sport uses MAN vehicles to transport their DTM and LMP racing cars right across Europe on their way to race weekends. The team received eight new MAN TGX tractor units in 2016, including two flagships of the long distance series – the MAN TGX D38.