Accolades for MAN and NEOPLAN buses in Russia

Accolades for MAN and NEOPLAN buses in Russia

Dr. Frank Hiller (l.), Director Marketing, Sales & Services at MAN Truck & Bus AG, and Lars Himmer, CEO of the MAN Sales Region CIS, with the "The Best Commercial Vehicle of the Year in Russia" award, which was presented to MAN at the Comtrans show in Moscow for the NEOPLAN Cityliner.

  • Exclusive NEOPLAN Cityliner arouses enthusiasm among jury and public at the Comtrans 2011 international commercial-vehicle show in Moscow.
  • MAN Lion's Regio awarded prize for highest efficiency.

At COMTRANS 2011, the international show for commercial vehicles in Moscow, the NEOPLAN Cityliner was voted Bus of the Year in the "The Best Commercial Vehicle of the Year in Russia" contest: twelve journalists from Russia's leading commercial-vehicle media make up the jury for this award. The premium coach features an enticingly futuristic construction, an unusual design and ultramodern technology. Following the "red dot design award: best of the best" for NEOPLAN Cityliner in 2007, this Bus of the Year title is further proof of the visual and technical qualities of the exclusive coach. The best-selling vehicle of all NEOPLAN models in Russia, the NEOPLAN Cityliner once again left its competitors well behind.

Dr. Frank Hiller, Director Marketing, Sales & Services at MAN Truck & Bus AG, was extremely pleased about the prize for the NEOPLAN Cityliner: "As an important growth market, Russia plays a major part in our BRIC strategy. This distinction not only confirms the successful activities of MAN Truck & Bus on the Russian market but shows once again that high-quality vehicles are those most favoured by experts and customers alike. The Bus of the Year award for the NEOPLAN Cityliner is one further step along the way to opening up the fascination of NEOPLAN to our Russian customers too."

With an overall length of 13.8 metres the NEOPLAN Cityliner provides space for 41 passengers. Its elegant and innovative design makes it an eye-catcher – and not only for bus aficionados. Beside its attractive exterior the Cityliner has some appealing inner virtues: the powerful MAN D 2066 LOH 03 in-line six-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine rated at 400 hp, for example, ensures brisk progress to destinations. To cut pollution en route the bus has the MAN PM-KAT® open particulate filter as a standard feature. With its top comfort fittings and its outstanding engineering and safety components the NEOPLAN Cityliner guarantees an extremely comfortable travel experience.

Distinction for the MAN Lion's Regio too

An MAN coach too has carried off an award in Russia. In June 2011 the MAN Lion's Regio was voted the winner in terms of the lowest running costs for buses with an overall length of 8.1 to 12 metres at "Vehicles as customers see them: Vehicle operation in the verdict of specialists and independent experts", an annual conference organised by the Russian motor-vehicle manufacturers' association (OAR), management consultants ASM Holding and Russia's largest motor-vehicle trade publication "Za Ruljom".

MAN Truck & Bus RUS market leader once again

The success is reflected in sales too: in the first eight months of 2011, MAN was once again the leading European importer of commercial vehicles on the Russian market. From January to August 2011 the company delivered a total of 4,282 trucks over 6 tonnes and 152 coaches and intercity buses in the 12 metres and over segment to Russia. The number of units sold in the full year 2011 is set to be about twice as high as in 2010. This makes Russia the second largest market for MAN Truck & Bus after Germany. MAN is currently setting up a truck production plant in St. Petersburg. As early as 2012 a quarter of the trucks sold in Russia are to be produced locally