MAN Individual replaces Truck Modification

MAN Truck & Bus is bundling its modification activities for trucks, buses and vans under the name MAN Individual.

This ranges from a wide range of industry-specific truck modifications to the cabin, chassis and transmission through tailor-made preparations for body manufacturers to individual special equipment and complete solutions for buses and vans.

For customers who want to own a vehicle with a unique look, MAN Individual offers a wide range of vehicle refining customization options for interior and exterior. In the case of extensive vehicle refinement measures, the “MAN Individual” badge is visibly mounted on the dashboard. The added value for the customer lies particularly in the processing: from a single source and with just one invoice. From the preparation of the quotation through design to production, quality assurance and delivery, a single contact person looks after the customer. At the same time, customers benefit from MAN’s customary high service quality as well as the guarantee and warranty. Vehicle service is available at any MAN branch.

Demand is rising all the time. From about 2,000 modified trucks per year in the past, the number rose in 2017 to over 4,500 trucks and in 2018 to around 6,000 units. And the trend points to further increases in the current year.

New Management Staff

From October, Christian Schenk and Holger Mandel will be entrusted with two important functions.

New appointments to the Executive Board – The Supervisory Board of MAN Truck & Bus SE has appointed Christian Schenk and Holger Mangel to the Executive Board starting October 1. Christian Schenk will then be responsible for Finance, IT and Legal Affairs. The baton will be handed over by Jan-Henrik Lafrentz, who will assume new responsibilities within the Volkswagen Group. Christian Schenk previously headed Controlling at Volkswagen Passenger Cars.

As the successor to Dirk Große-Loheide, Holger Mandel will in future be responsible for Procurement on the Board of Management. Große-Loheide left the company in February. Mandel has been responsible for the German market, which is very important for MAN Truck & Bus, for the past four years and most recently also managed the markets in Austria and Switzerland, which were bundled with Germany to form the Europe Central Sales Area.

German truck sales hit a record level

MAN Truck & Bus Germany got off to a successful start in 2019, selling 1,645 more trucks in the first three months of the year than in the same period last year. From January to March 2019, 7,443 trucks with a total weight of more than six tons were delivered. According to its own figures, MAN is thus the market leader in this segment for the first time with a market share of 32.1 percent (previous year: 29 percent).

Holger Mandel, Chairman of the Board of MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland:

“Being number one in the German truck market for the first time is a very good feeling and accomplishment for our entire team. We are competing successfully against our competitors with this mature product and customer satisfaction reflects this.”

With 2,321 trucks, vans and buses in the first quarter, MAN TopUsed, the used vehicle business, recorded its biggest sales volume in ten years and is investing in the future. The ground-breaking ceremony for a new MAN TopUsed location has just taken place in Berlin.

In fiscal 2018, MAN Truck & Bus increased sales by eight percent year-on-year to 10.8 billion euros. Unit sales increased by around 14 percent to more than 102,500 units, while incoming orders grew by 20 percent. MAN was able to gain market share in trucks and buses.

Joachim Drees, Chairman of the Executive Board of MAN Truck & Bus:

“The high order intake and above all the increased market shares show that we are on the right track. Customers rely on our technologies, our products and our service – for trucks, buses and vans. Continuous improvement and operational excellence are the prerequisites to ensure future growth and the achievement of profitability targets.”

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