MAN is in India since 1958 with supply of the legendary “Shaktiman” trucks to the Defence Ministry of India. However, MAN Trucks India started operations in India in 2006 as a joint venture. Eventually with the takeover of the joint venture, MAN Trucks India Pvt. Ltd became a wholly owned subsidiary of MAN Truck & Bus AG in 2012. In 2012 Auto Expo, MAN displayed “AiroBus”, a 45 seater front engine luxury Intercity coach based on CLA 16.22 chassis. This was launched in limited locations and was plying with few Customers in Kolkata, Goa. The earlier body built by Azad, Jaipur, Rajathan and was available in both sleeper and Seater version. This BS III version had limited success and was attributed to price, service availability and choice of body.
During 2014, It was MG Group who took the MAN bus to next level by working on a new body and “Mammoth” was born. The work from MG was extraordinarily and every piece of coach looked more of manufactured rather just fabricated. While body builders like Veera who are making intercity coaches for a long time are yet to master a perfection in bus building especially in the areas of AC ducting, “Mammoth” was an outcome of dedicated work from Team MG.
The coach received great applause from Customers and media in various launches and showcase in Bus World Mumbai and Bengaluru. The developments in the sales was initially limited to Exports with couple of orders received from Maldives and Bangaldesh, now MG has struck a deal with KPN Travels, Salem, Tamil Nadu. We had initially reported the same earlier and now the coaches are delivered and will be commissioned in a couple of days.
The Coach is a 30 berth sleeper and has individual LED screen for passengers as well. Off late the fleet operator is investing in sleeper coaches and this is add to its strong 250+ plus fleet of Ashok Leyland, Volvo, Scania and Eicher. KPN deal will be a land mark opportunity to MAN as well as MG, as will get enough feedback about the product and its performance closely. KPN also had got a good sales deal and is a Win-Win proposition to both.
Pic Credits : Hemant