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Poland: Mercus Bus builds on MAN TGE

Polish body manufacturer Mercus Bus has ordered 100 MAN TGE 5.180 vehicles to use as the basic model for its minibuses. The vans will be delivered from the start of 2019 onwards.

Signing the contract in Poland (left to right): Marc Martinez, Managing Director of MAN Truck & Bus Polska; Joachim Drees, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus; Marcin Gregorowicz, co-owner of Mercus Bus; and Dennis Affeld, Head of Sales & Product Van at MAN Truck & Bus.

  • Polish body manufacturer opts for MAN TGE 5.180 as the basic model for Mercus minibuses
  • Mercus Bus will customise the vans
  • MAN TGE provides an effective solution for specific application needs – also for passenger transport

In October, MAN Truck & Bus Polska and Mercus Bus signed a contract for the delivery of 100 MAN TGE 5.180 vehicles, starting in January 2019. Polish body manufacturer Mercus Bus will be converting the vans into minibuses on its own premises.

“I am very proud that the new MAN TGE has once again managed to win the trust of the professionals and that Mercus Bus has decided to go with our brand. DPD Polska recently ordered 140 MAN TGE 3.140 vans from us. Now another sector is opting for the MAN TGE, this time in the field of passenger transport,” said Marc Martinez, Managing Director of MAN Truck & Bus Polska, at the contract signing. “This repeated success in gaining orders impressively demonstrates that our product range is perfectly tailored to the needs of a huge range of different organisations – as well as showing that the TGE provides a neat solution for specific areas of application,” added Dennis Affeld, Head of Sales & Product Van at MAN Truck & Bus.

Polish body manufacturer Mercus Bus plans to modify 100 minibuses based on the MAN TGE 5.180.

The Mercus minibuses will be based on the MAN TGE 5.180, whose 2.0 biturbo diesel engine produces 177 hp (130 kW) on the road. Each of the 7,391 mm-long vehicles will sport a wheelbase of 4,490 mm and twin tyres on their rear axle. In the basic vehicle, drivers can shift manually between six gears. In addition to this, MAN also offers the option of a manually operated gearbox for the TGE, which delivers an especially quiet driving style and helps to increase transport efficiency. “The impressive performance, spacious dimensions and extremely smooth running also make the TGE the perfect partner in passenger transport,” Martinez noted.

In addition, safety was a crucial factor in Mercus Bus’ decision. Specifically, the MAN TGE is equipped with features including an advanced emergency braking system, a Lane Guard System and a crosswind assistant. The long-lasting LED headlights also boost safety during scheduled service. Not to mention their attractive look, along with the LED lighting inside the passenger area and the vehicle’s metallic paintwork. The range of features also includes a multimedia system, an automatic start-stop system, a steering wheel that can be adjusted to two different levels, flexible comfort seats with arm rests, and electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors. Bags can be conveniently stowed away in the luggage compartment and unloaded via two outward-opening boot doors with a wide opening angle extending as far as 270 degrees.

Given that large buses are not always needed, MAN Truck & Bus has extended its range to include MAN TGE-based minibuses with up to 19 seats. These vehicles are especially suitable for transporting small groups, for flexible shuttle services or for use in off-peak local public transport. MAN showcased an intercity version that can seat 15 passengers, the MAN TGE Intercity, at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018. Scheduled-service and coach versions are set to follow in 2019. “They can undergo customisation at the MAN Bus Modification Center in Plauen, except in the case of body manufacturers like Mercus Bus who choose to take on that job for themselves – in that case, we can deliver the perfect basic minibus model in the form of the MAN TGE,” Affeld explained.