MAN Truck & Bus

Junge Fußballspieler sitzen in einem Minibus

Shuttling talent

Reading time [3 Min]

Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach relies on MAN to transport its professionals. The club's next generation now also has its own fleet of TGE minibuses. This benefits all sides.

The fleet

 

"Talents produce foals" is emblazoned on the new minibuses for the next generation at Borussia Mönchengladbach. Twenty TGEs are deployed almost daily for use by the young footballers. Each individual bus travels up to a hundred kilometres to pick the players up from their homes. There are also the trips to training camps and matches, often several hundred kilometres away. Safety plays an important role here: the minibuses are equipped with all available assistance systems and safety features. So the youths arrive safely at training and back home again.

The training

 

Niklas Swider is one of the almost hundred players to be picked up by the Borussia transport service. He lives with his family in Neuss, about a half hour's drive from the training grounds at the stadium. "Until last year my parents drove me to training", says the twelve-year-old, who has played at the club for over four years. The transport service is a great relief for his family, because the time spent on journeys is a massive effort especially for working parents.

The driver

 

The bus with bus driver Bodo Flemming is still empty as it draws up at Niklas' front door, but it soon fills up with around six other players. They play in various teams at Borussia Mönchengladbach. "A real friendship has developed here, even if they don't play in the same team – they're together in the bus twice a day after all. The mood is always good", he says.

The Minibus

 

Flexible, comfortable, powerful: the TGE Intercity is developed specifically for the needs of interurban transport. A rail system in the floor makes it easy to arrange the seats, while an electric sliding door and electrically extendible step ensure easy entry and exit. Another plus: a more powerful two-litre diesel engine with 177 horsepower.

The players

 

The girls' teams at Borussia Mönchengladbach also benefit from the buses. Most of the players come from the surrounding area, so they aren't dependent on a transport service to get to training. They use the TGEs for the often long trips to championship games or tournaments. "If we use the buses to travel to matches it often takes three to four hours", states Aryana Rashidi, who plays for the U13 team at Borussia. They pass the time with music and games. "But everyone becomes calmer shortly before our destination, because we know the game is coming up."

Text Britta Klasen
Photos Gene Glover

#TGE

#Sport

#Sponsoring

#Travel

#Van

The vehicles and products displayed on this website may differ in terms of shape, design, colour and scope of delivery. Some of the images may include special equipment, accessories and decorative elements which are subject to an additional charge. The technical features and equipment of the vehicles described are merely examples and may differ, in particular on a country-specific basis. We reserve the right to make changes at any time.

Our vehicles are equipped with summer tyres as standard. Since 04/12/2010, in the Federal Republic of Germany you have a statutory obligation to use winter or all-season tyres on your vehicle in the event of black ice, hard-packed snow, snow slush, ice or frost. Your MAN partner would be happy to advise you.The specified values have been determined based on the statutory measurement procedures. The information does not relate to one individual vehicle and is not part of the quotation, but instead is provided solely for the purposes of comparing the various vehicle types.

The fuel consumption and the CO₂ emissions of a vehicle not only depend on efficient use of fuel by the vehicle, but also on the handling and other non-technical factors (e.g. environmental conditions). Additional equipment and accessories (add-on components, tyres etc.) may alter relevant vehicle parameters, such as weight, rolling resistance and aerodynamics, and further influence the consumption and performance values in addition to the weather and traffic conditions.

The information on fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions apply within the specified ranges, depending on the selected tyre format and optional special equipment. Note as per Directive 1999/94/EC, as amended: Further information on the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO₂ emissions of new passenger vehicles can be found in the "Guide to the fuel consumption, CO₂ emissions and power consumption of new passenger vehicles", which is available free of charge at all sales points and from the DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Straße 1, D-73760 Ostfildern or at www.dat.de.

Efficiency classes rate vehicles on the basis of the CO₂ emissions in consideration of the unladen vehicle weight. Vehicles which are average are classified as D. Vehicles which are better than the current average are classified as A+, A, B or C. Vehicles which are worse than the average are rated as E, F or G.

Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen, spezifischen CO2-Emissionen neuer Fahrzeuge zur Personenbeförderung mit einer PKW-Zulassung der Klasse M1 können dem Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen (https://www.datgroup.com/) unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

In den Fahrzeugklassen N1, N2 und M2 wird das Kältemittel R134a verwendet. MAN TGEs mit der Fahrzeugklasse M1 erhalten das Kältemittel R1234yf. Der GWP-Wert des verwendeten Kältemittels beträgt 1.430 (Kältemittel R134a) und 4 (Kältemittel R1234yf). Die Füllmengen sind abhängig vom Klimakompressor und variieren zwischen 560 – 590 Gramm.