MAN Christmas truck on tour
Just like every year, this year will again see two specially decorated MAN Christmas trucks bringing a sparkle to eyes - not only of the children - at Christmas markets, Children's Villages and kindergartens from the end of November to Christmas Eve.
The MAN road trains with their Christmas decoration and festive illumination will be touring throughout Germany as well as in Poland and Austria. Their tour takes them from Stuttgart via Hamburg, Leipzig, Dresden, Halle, Nuremberg, Altensteig, Kaufbeuren, Landshut and Augsburg to Munich. They will also be making stops at the MAN plants in Plauen, Salzgitter, Starachowice, Cracow, Poznan and Steyr. The two MAN Christmas trucks will be visiting kindergartens, children's hospitals and other social institutions, taking with them chocolate in the shape of trucks and cuddly reindeer toys as small gifts for the children. They will also be visiting some of MAN's outlets and partners, as well as various Christmas markets.
MAN Christmas trucks enthusiastically decorated by trainees
Trainees from MAN Truck & Bus AG in Munich have transformed the two Nightfire Red Metallic TGX 18.540 4x4H semitrailer tractors into real Christmas trucks. With 540 hp and equipped with MAN HydroDrive®, the innovative engageable hydrostatic front-axle drive, they will reach their destinations safely and punctually, bringing pleasure to the children no matter how bad the weather and road conditions. The trainees mounted 200-metre long chains of lights, able to withstand weather and washing systems, on each of the tractors and their semitrailers. They also framed the radiator grilles with hundreds and hundreds of LEDs. Reindeer on the semitrailers express the season's greetings in six languages – Frohe Weihnachten – Merry Christmas – Feliz Navidad – Joyeux Noël – Wesołych Świąt – Buon Natale.
The Christmas truck in the Internet and as model
From November 23 on, the two MAN Christmas trucks will be accompanied by a blog. The Tour dates as well as lots of photos and videos of the trucks' visits to children and Christmas markets can be found at www.weihnachtstruck.com. The Christmas truck is available as a 1:87 scale model for €45.50 and as a 1:50 scale model for €91.70. The models are obtainable from the MAN Shop, home page www.mantruckandbus.com and from Truck & Bus Centers. One euro from every Christmas truck model sold goes to the SOS Children's Village.
Christmas trucks on the lookout for drivers in need
Also on the road with the Christmas trucks is MAN Trucker’s World, looking out for any truckers who may find themselves in difficulty. The drivers' club helps truck drivers in need. Many such cases never become known because those affected conceal their situation, whether it was a bad accident or an illness that was the cause, or one is no longer able to work. The MAN drivers' club calls on all those who need help or who know someone who needs help to visit the trucks. The relief fund can also be contacted on the Internet at www.fahrerhelfenfahrern.de