Tradition 

Icy vehicles in non-stop operation

Snow and a cold winter? Not a problem for MAN trucks and buses. Whether needed for snow removal operations or excursions amid wintry mountain scenery, MAN vehicles have proved reliable for decades, even during the chilly season.

MAN´s new coach model at the end of the 1950's: the M.A.N. 420 HOC (rear-end omnibus chassis)

The thermometer stands below zero. The roads are extremely slippery and covered with a thick blanket of snow. Driving during the chilly season can soon end by skidding. But not in buses and trucks made by MAN. For these vehicles, wintry road conditions are not a major challenge.

Whether touring in a convertible bus, traveling by coach through wintry alpine countryside, contending with frozen building sites in an all-wheel drive tipper or snow-covered roads in a snow plough - for decades, MAN vehicles have been defying weather conditions - however adverse they may be.

In fact, they are often in service all year round, having to withstand extreme wear and tear. During test drives across challenging terrain, the buses and trucks are thoroughly put through their paces. Not until we are convinced of their reliability under such conditions are they marketed and delivered to our customers.

NOB bus with a so-called American all-weather hood

Clear visibility and a panoramic view

The early days of alpine excursions and tourism began in the 1920s. This group traveled in a NOB bus with a so-called American all-weather hood - perfect for taking a view of the alpine peaks sprinkled with the first snow.

MAN´s new coach model at the end of the 1950's: the M.A.N. 420 HOC (rear-end omnibus chassis)

Winter outing to icy heights

At the end of the 1950s, MAN´s new coach model was the M.A.N. 420 HOC (rear-end omnibus chassis). During its first few years of production at the Munich Plant, between 100 and 200 coaches were built and sold each year. Even then, the coaches were able to cope with the snow-covered alpine roads.

triple-axle dump truck at MAN´s Munich Plant in 1961

Full power in spite of the cold

Thanks to its 172 HP, 6-cylinder M engine running at 2,200 rpm and its all-wheel drive, this triple-axle dump truck could master any task in spite of bitterly cold conditions. The photo shows the dumper at MAN´s Munich Plant in 1961.

dump truck with Trilex rims in 1963

Powerhouse in orange

This dump truck with Trilex rims dating from 1963 was already equipped with 180 HP. It gave a most impressive performance as a robust working vehicle on construction sites.

bus in the year 1966 which mastered even the steep pass road over the Grossglockner

Aiming high

After many tests, but before being marketed, MAN buses have to prove themselves yet again during final acceptance test runs. Just like this bus in the year 1966 - which effortlessly mastered even the steep pass road over the Grossglockner.

26.280 DHAK dating from 1977 wound its way up into the snowy terrain with 280 HP

Load test run across the Grossglockner

Trials and load tests for MAN vehicles were also carried out on the Grossglockner in later years. This 26.280 DHAK dating from 1977 wound its way up into the snowy terrain with 280 HP.

16-ton Hauber all-wheel drive tipper coping with great masses of snow while ploughing through the foothills of the Alps in 1981

Snow-clearing powerhouse

This 16-ton Hauber all-wheel drive tipper had to cope with great masses of snow while ploughing through the foothills of the Alps in 1981. MAN continued to produce Hauber trucks with their elegant curved fenders until far into the 1980s.

a first-generation municipal TG vehicle equipped with a snow plough in full action

Through the winter at full speed

A first-generation municipal TG vehicle equipped with a snow plough in full action. In 2005, MAN took part in the IFAT Trade Fair, presenting its engageable all-wheel drive, MAN HydroDrive, which has meanwhile positioned itself very successfully in the marketplace.

MAN TGS with its steerable and liftable tag axle

Snow queen in action

The MAN TGS with its steerable and liftable tag axle is popular with many road maintenance depots. The front-axle and first rear-axle drives ensure strong traction when clearing snow. In the winter, these MAN Euro 6 trucks are often in service around the clock.

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