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MAN Nutzfahrzeuge gets major order from Abu Dhabi for 400 buses

Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi orders 400 city and intercity buses from MAN.

With this major order from the Middle East, MAN Nutzfahrzeuge can celebrate another success for its international growth strategy. The Dubai-based MAN subsidiary, in cooperation with local importer Darwish Bin Ahmed & Sons Company, was able to land the contract from the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi (DoT). The order comprises a total of 400 low-floor and intercity buses worth a three-figure million euro sum.

The order is for 250 MAN Lion’s City low-floor buses and 150 MAN Lion’s Regio intercity buses in the new two-axle 13-metre version. Delivery will commmence as early as April 2009. All the vehicles are equipped with extra-powerful air-conditioning and the most modern MAN D20 Common Rail engines with the maintenance- and additive-free MAN PURE DIESEL® exhaust-emissions treatment system.

Following a presentation of the prototype vehicles, customers DoT Abu Dhabi expressed themselves enthusiastically regarding design and technology: "We see MAN as a reliable and innovative partner for our extensive local public transport system projects, which we are planning to expand even further," says Saeed Mohammed Al-Hameli, General Manager of the Transportation Office at the DoT.

At the end of 2010 Abu Dhabi expects to have a population of 1.5 million; in 2030 it will be as high as 3.5 million. The new bus system, which will be one of the most modern in the world, also includes computer-operated information systems and control centres, 37 new bus terminals, six big depots as well as fully air-conditioned bus stops. Lanes exclusively for buses are already being planned for the inner city in order to speed up traffic.

Peter Erichreineke, Director of Sales and Marketing at MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG, had this to say about the order: "This major order from our discriminating customer in the Middle East is impressive confirmation of the globally-recognised technical competence and reliability of our engines and buses." For MAN Nutzfahrzeuge, the Middle East market is an important building block in its strategy of international growth for the Bus business. Buses were delivered to Qatar for the first time in 2006, and in 2007, the first major order for the Emirate of Dubai was closed. Delivery of this order has already been completed. The order from Abu Dhabi is thus the third big milestone in the very positive development of the market.