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Handing 480 horses over to a pack of wolves? MAN kann.

VfL Wolfsburg receives new MAN team coach

(from left): Klaus Allofs (Managing Director Sports, VfL Wolfsburg), Andreas Lampersbach (Head of MAN Corporate Communications), Dieter Hecking (Chef Coach, VfL Wolfsburg), Jörg Battermann (Sales Bus Center Hanover/Osnabrück, MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland GmbH)
Coach hand over (from left): Klaus Allofs (Managing Director Sports, VfL Wolfsburg), Andreas Lampersbach (Head of MAN Corporate Communications), Dieter Hecking (Chef Coach, VfL Wolfsburg), Jörg Battermann (Sales Bus Center Hanover/Osnabrück, MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland GmbH)

A few weeks have passed since the transfer window closed, yet VfL Wolfsburg has still welcomed another new addition to the team: an MAN Lion’s Coach L boasting a horsepower of 480 that will take the Wolves safely and comfortably to all their matches from now on. The new team member was received by the entire squad of pros together with coach Dieter Hecking and director Klaus Allofs.

The quarters on wheels for the Wolves look good in any case. A closer look at the traditional green design reveals a number of smaller pictures of players and fans together. The coach is just under 14 meters long and even sports the latest jersey’s eye-catching design.

High-grade materials and numerous optional extras inside such as comfortable leather seats with adjustable table surfaces and leg rests, a comprehensive multimedia system, an LTE WiFi router, and a fully equipped on-board kitchen ensure that the VfL pros can enjoy a smooth ride and quickly relax on their way to and from matches. The coach is a big hit: “We have placed our confidence in MAN team coaches for years and our experience has been nothing but positive. We are delighted with our new coach and our extensive partnership with this long-established German company,” said VfL director Klaus Allofs at the coach handover.

“VfL Wolfsburg’s new coach is almost emission-free thanks to its Euro 6 exhaust-gas technology. Its appeal lies in its modern design along with the technical features,” said Andreas Lampersbach, Head of Corporate Communications for MAN SE and MAN Truck & Bus AG.

The efficient six-cylinder diesel engine takes a horsepower of 480 onto the road with an automated 12-speed manual transmission. The new team coach also comes with the MAN Easy Start driveoff assistant, enabling extremely comfortable hill starts.

Employee names immortalized on coach

In the run-up to the coach handover, MAN and Volkswagen joined forces to launch a one-off campaign in which they searched for patrons for the original seats of the VfL players and of Dieter Hecking and Klaus Allofs in the team coach. To symbolize these seat patrons, the names of 26 Volkswagen employees were embroidered into the headrests of the seats. All the winners were given the opportunity at the coach handover to have their photo taken in the team coach as a souvenir with the pro for whom they are now seat patron.

Wolves travel MAN

VfL Wolfsburg has been on the road in MAN’s coaches for many years. MAN has also been an official VfL Wolfsburg partner since 2010. As a commercial vehicle partner, MAN provides VfL Wolfsburg with the official team coaches. VfL’s successful women and youth teams also travel in the vehicles of the long-established Munich company.

Technical Details

Model: Lion’s Coach L
Length: 13.8 meters
Width: 2.55 meters
Height: 3.8 meters
Engine: Inline six-cylinder diesel engine (Euro 6)
Performance: 353 kW / 480 horsepower
Transmission: TipMatic® automated 12-speed manual transmission
Seats: 34
Safety: Electronic stability control (ESC)
Adaptive cruise control (ACC),
Lane guard system (LGS),
Tire pressure monitoring (TPM) for all axles
Interior: 19” LCD screens
LTE WiFi router
On-board kitchen with a fully automatic coffee machine
Electric table/leg rests and vis-à-vis seating
(4 club tables, lowerable electronically)