Text: Dean Ang / Photos: Dean Ang | posted July 16, 2013 11:27
MAN introduces refreshed line of commercial and public transport vehicles
MAN Automotive Concessionaires Corp. (MACC), the official importer, assembler and distributor of MAN trucks and buses to the Philippines launched its newly redesigned 'Lion' to increase the brand awareness in the Philippines.
The event was graced by MAN Asia Pacific’s top team: President and CEO, Mr. William Lee, Sales Management head for buses Christian Schuf, Sales Management for trucks Beng Keat Phuah, and Managing director for MAN truck and bus Malaysia, Michal Luberadzki.
Aside from the more aggressive Lion, MACC also displayed their new trucks like the TGS 26.360 Tractor and Rigid trucks equipped with MAN's EURO 3-Compliant 6-cylinder inline diesel engine and features Exhaust Valve Brake (EVB), Electronic Diesel Control (EDC), Speed Limiters, ABS and MAN BrakeMatic. It churns out 360 hp and a hefty 1,800 Nm of torque to face the challenging transportation tasks in the Philippines.
“For the buses we will be introducing a very elegant and classic design for buses and for the trucks we will have a fiercer lion, which denotes being steadfast, being persistent, being dynamic...”, Mr. Ferdinand Lu, Managing Director of MACC commenced the festivities for the night.
The Luxe Bus was also introduced as a way of giving their customers an idea of how their buses can be used aside from its usual role as a mass-transit vehicle. The bus was fitted with wooden floor planks while it was decked with several pieces of home furniture to ensure a luxurious and comfortable trip. It runs on MAN's A55 18.310 chassis, D2866 rear engine with air bag suspension, ABS, built-in speed limiters
Aside from the redesigned logo, truck and bus bodies that were introduced, MAN also showcased its MAN Neoplan Articulated Bus. The 18-meters long bus can accommodate up to 112 people and is still currently undergoing government testing and hopes to provide a reliable solution to the mass-transit system in the Philippines.
Currently, MACC has two MAN Truck and Bus service centers, one along EDSA which functions as the brand’s headquarters and showroom. It also serves as the primary service center for its buses and can accommodate up to 20 vehicles. Meanwhile, the MAN Truck and Bus Center in Novaliches accommodates both MAN trucks and buses; it also serves as the vehicle assembly plant for MACC. Both service centers houses internationally-trained and MAN certified technicians while their mechanics are all TESDA accredited and has 5-star ratings.
The event also marks the celebration of MAN servicing the Philippine market for more than 49 years and their ongoing growth and development towards becoming the ultimate leader in commercial vehicles. “All measures are being taken to ensure that customers in the Philippines have the highest customer satisfaction.” guarantees Mr. William Lee