VfL Wolfsburg gets team coach from MAN

North German first-league club changes to MAN Lion's Coach L Supreme as its team coach.

From now on, an exclusive MAN Lion’s Coach L Supreme will be taking VfL Wolfsburg to its games, safe and relaxed. The handover took place on Wednesday December 10, 2008 in front of the Volkswagen Arena. Anton Weinmann, Chairman of the Executive Board of the MAN Commercial Vehicles Group, Hans-Dieter Pötsch, Financial Director of Volkswagen AG and Member of the VfL Supervisory Board, Felix Magath, director of sport and manager of VfL Wolfsburg and co-trainer Josef Eichkorn were all present at the handover, where Anton Weinmann had the following words for VfL Wolfsburg: "We are particularly proud of the fact that we have delivered a high-quality team coach to VfL Wolfsburg, a partner of the Volkswagen company. Both brands, VfL Wolfsburg as well as MAN, traditionally stand for top quality and reliability, and the new coach underscores this yet again." The "wolves" are already impressed by their new team coach: "I'm very happy that our team is now able to travel to its games in the safety and comfort that this highly modern MAN coach provides. We can only give our best on the field when we get to the game relaxed," says Felix Magath.

With ten coaches from its two coach brands, MAN and NEOPLAN, MAN currently provides one of the biggest fleets in the first and second division of the Bundesliga ( MAN: FC Bayern Munich, Hamburger SV, Borussia Dortmund, 1. FC Nuremberg; NEOPLAN: 1. FC Cologne, TSV 1860 Munich, VfL Bochum, Hansa Rostock).

Highly modern and luxurious

The current Lion’s Coach Supreme model has been available since 2006. As part of a series of which more than 3,000 vehicles have been produced, it is one of the most successful coaches in MAN's history. In the premium version "Supreme" with a closed ceiling and high-quality aluminium design details, the team coach with its green and white metallic paintwork suits the club down to the ground. A 480-hp MAN Common Rail engine provides a powerful and efficient drive, and with MAN PURE DIESEL®-technology, stays well within mandatory exhaust limits without the addition of AdBlue .

The interior fittings were largely realised in cooperation with system partner Frenzel and go way beyond the already comprehensive series fittings, offering all that an athlete's heart could desire. They include three retractable tables with electrically adjustable legrests, 32 exclusive leather seats and countless multimediafacilities, amongst others three 15-inch TFT screens, an eight-channel audio system for every seat, a DVD system and preparation for WiFi with an Internet hotspot. That today's team coaches are equipped with satellite TV and DVB-T reception goes without saying. The generous galley in the middle of the coach with its 85-litre refrigerator, stainless-steel sinks and hot-air oven leaves nothing to be desired in the way of comprehensive on-board service. An emergency power supply unit in the luggage compartment ensures that the top-quality equipment can always be operated.

Safe travelling

Safety on board has also been seen to. In addition to the safety systems that have been series equipment at MAN for years, such as ABS (anti-blocking system) and a reinforced body, the new MAN Lion’s Coach Supreme also includes as series equipment ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and LGS (Lane Guard System), which reliably warns drivers if they accidentally drift out of lane. High-end Xenon headlights as well as front and rear-view cameras guarantee optimum vision all the time. The Wolfsburger Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH will take over the servicing of the coach as up to now, and will also provide the driver. For the past few years, Guido Vicinotti has been driving the team coach, which is exclusively for the use of the club and will not be used by external coach operators as well, as is usually the case. The coach goes into action for the first time on December 13, the 17th round of Bundesliga fixtures, when the team travels to the Weser Stadium in Bremen, then again on December 17 for the UEFA Cup game against AC Milan.