In the overall heavy truck and bus market over 8,5 tonne GVM, MAN Truck & Bus has managed to chalk up 18,5% growth in absolute volumes, which equates to market share growth of 1,5%.
This achievement should be seen in the context of recent political and macro-economic developments – the impact of which was really felt in NAAMSA statistics for April.
Markus Geyer, MD of MAN Truck & Bus Southern Africa, says, “We are delighted to see a number of customers approving of our products and services offering through their orders. Team MAN has done significant work on our product ranges, and their reliability and fuel efficiency are now adding a lot of value to our client operations. Various sub-segments of the market are in decline and for this reason we are delighted to be growing our market share.
“We are delighted to maintain market leadership in the bus and coach sector: 2017 will see a variety of new products introduced locally, including the RR4 luxury coach chassis with Neobus coachwork, some exciting updates to our existing range of MAN bodies, as well as VW product enhancements.”
Year on year bus and coach volumes have grown by 12%, resulting in 4% market share growth to 32,4%. Bus head Philip Kalil-Zackey says, “The total bus market is under some pressure and we predict a smaller, more competitive passenger transport supply environment in 2017.”
In the trucks over 8,5 tonne category, MAN has achieved 20% volume growth year on year, equating to a 1,5% increase. MAN truck division head Eren Gunduz says, “Thanks to growing acceptance of our CLA 15.220 chassis in the 8 tonne payload distribution segment, we have grown our 8,5 to 16 tonne share to just on 5%.
“With volume growth of some 60 units year on year, market acceptance of our TGS EfficientLine long-haul vehicles is certainly growing strongly.”
Geyer concludes: “Team MAN has worked very hard to optimise its TCO package. We are sure our customers are starting to feel the efforts being put into our TopUsed seal of quality offerings, our parts marketing initiatives such as ‘ecotrade’ and the fuel consumption benefits of specification enhancements of our EfficientLine trucks.”
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