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MAN to move Eurovision Song Contest 2011 with the power of 19,000 horses

MAN Truck & Bus hands over 43 coaches straight from the factory to Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), host broadcaster of the world's biggest music show.

MAN Truck & Bus, national partner of the 56th Eurovision Song Contest, handed over 43 brand-new high-quality coaches to the Norddeutscher Rundfunk, this year's host broadcaster of the world's biggest music show, in Munich today. Dr Frank Hiller, Director of Marketing, Sales & Services for MAN Truck & Bus AG, presented a symbolic key to Judith Rakers, well-known TV presenter and evening news anchorwoman, and Ralf Quibeldey, NDR project manager and Executive Producer Event of the Eurovision Song Contest. In the coming weeks the MAN Lion’s Coach vehicles, whose elegant appearance will be distinguished by the glowing Eurovision Song Contest logo (a coloured heart) on a dark background, will be entrusted with keeping musicians and delegations mobile in and around Duesseldorf. The name of the country and its flag, placed towards the front of the coach, will tell the fans which delegation is travelling in the respective vehicle.

"MAN buses move and connect people across borders and cultures – just like music and the Eurovision Song Contest," explained Dr Frank Hiller at the ceremonial handover of the vehicles. "The use of our MAN coaches at the contest will make our brand and our products more widely known and give them a positive charge. And just in passing, we will be demonstrating that travelling in groups by coach is not only fun, it's also environmentally friendly," continued Hiller.

Ralf Quibeldey, NDR project manager and Event Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest: "The challenge of transporting 43 delegations to their many rehearsals and events without a hitch for a whole fortnight requires some highly complex organisation. It's enormously helpful for us that every delegation has its own bus. And what's more, the design of the vehicles will draw a lot of attention. MAN deserves a very big thank you for the great commitment they have shown as sponsors of the Eurovision Song Contest!"

Last year, the final of the Eurovision Song Contest was watched by 120 million viewers in Europe alone, 14.7 million of them in Germany. Since 1957, the contest has been hosted by the country whose representative won the previous year. Lena Meyer-Landrut's first place in 2010 brought the contest to Germany. The Eurovision Song Contest takes place on May 10 and 12 (semi-finals) and May 14 (finals) in Duesseldorf, Germany.

Altogether 43 MAN Lion’s Coach vehicles have been made available for the transport needs of the musicians and national delegations. Over the last two months these vehicles were specially produced for the contest at the MAN plant in Ankara, Turkey. The coaches are equipped to a high standard, each having 49 comfortable seats with high-quality leather applications and a host of comfort and safety features. Propelling the buses are 440-hp MAN common-rail diesel engines, which comply with the voluntary EEV emissions standard (Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicle), the most stringent one there is.

The musicians begin their tightly-scheduled rehearsals on May 1, two weeks before the finals. 1,000 delegates are expected, along with 2,500 international journalists.

In 2011, after 28 years, the ESC is once again taking place in Germany, for the third time overall after 1957 and 1983. All the shows will be held in the Arena in Duesseldorf. Anke Engelke, Judith Rakers and Stefan Raab will be hosting the contest in English and French for an audience of around 35,000 in the Arena and television viewers in 55 countries worldwide. The first semi-final of the international contest will be broadcast by ProSieben on Tuesday, May 10 at 9pm. The second semi-final will be broadcast live by Germany's first public channel "Das Erste" at 9pm on Thursday, May 12. The finals can then also be seen on the same channel, starting at 9pm on May 14.

Twelve points – douze points – zwölf Punkte for the MAN Lion’s Coach

Performance worthy of a lion: In all, the 43 coaches put almost 19,000 horsepower on the road. Each of the 440-hp common-rail diesel engines from MAN has a capacity of 12.4 litres. The torque produced by this engine, mounted in the rear of the MAN Lion’s Coach, is 2,100 Newton-metres. And these engines aren't just powerful, they're also extremely eco-friendly: they meet the most stringent exhaust standard there currently is, the voluntary EEV.

Making space: The MAN Lion’s Coach has seats for 49 passengers. The 43 coaches for the Eurovision Song Contest can thus transport up to 2,107 people simultaneously. If all these people had to be transported by car from A to B, one would need around 700 cars plus drivers for all of them.

Saving space: Placed nose to tail, the 43 MAN coaches (each one 12 metres long) would extend for nearly 520 metres along the road. By comparison, 700 cars at 4.5 metres each would create a three-kilometre long traffic jam.

Clean: The MAN Lion’s Coach protects the climate. Per person and kilometre, the bus emits only 14 grams of CO2. That is around one-tenth as much as the CO2 emission of a modern passenger car. Particulate is not even an issue: the MAN PM-Kat® installed as standard in the MAN Lion’s Coach ensures that the exhaust gas is as good as particulate-free.

Comfortable: Passengers in the MAN Lion’s Coach feel they are being well looked after. Comfortable, ergonomically designed seats and individually adjustable overhead sets with reading lights, adjustable air vents, loudspeakers and attendant call button guarantee that even long trips will be a pleasure from beginning to end.

Bodyguard: In the MAN Lion’s Coach, driver and passengers always feel safe. And they are - a whole range of technical highlights has been installed for the sole purpose of providing maximum safety. Assistant systems such EBS (electronic brake system), BA (braking assistant), ABS (anti-blocking system), ASR (anti-slip regulator), MSC (maximum speed control) and ESP (electronic stability program) are all fitted as standard.

Entertainer: Boredom is not something associated with the MAN Lion’s Coach: the new TopLine multimedia center with radio, CD, DVD and MP3 in conjunction with flatscreen monitors and ceiling-mounted loudspeakers in the passenger compartment keeps everybody well entertained.

A jewel: The new, brand-typical front design gives the MAN Lion’s Coach its unmistakeable profile. Metallic paintwork and polished aluminium wheels make a great showing. The well-planned interior design is a synthesis of elegance and function - with its attractive ceiling and subtle accents in aluminium-look it creates a generous feeling of spaciousness.

Driver's dream: The new cockpit of the MAN Lion’s Coach helps drivers to carry out their responsible task. Whether digital speedometer, fuel consumption indicator or TopLine multimedia center with navigation, whether climate control or central onboard computer – displays are clearly structured, controls logically arranged and within easy reach. With the buttons in the multifunction steering wheel it is possible to retrieve vehicle data and control a whole number of other functions. The drivers have a grip on everything, but without taking their hands from the wheel.

Fuel saver: The MAN Lion’s Coach is one of the most economical coaches in its class when it comes to fuel consumption. This is due largely to the miserly MAN common-rail diesel engine, to the good aerodynamics thanks to "Elegant Edge" design and standard rear spoiler, to the energy-saving daytime driving light and to the new efficiency display in the cockpit, which motivates the driver to an economical style of driving.

All-rounder: The MAN Lion’s Coach is equipped for just about any type of operation. The high-decker is available in two- and three-axle versions and in three lengths - 12.00, 13.26 and 13.80 metres - and is capable of transporting between 44 and 57 passengers. Engines with three different outputs (400, 440 and 480 hp) can be fitted and combined with a six-speed manual gearbox or 12-speed automatic transmission.

Service specialist: Operators of the Lion’s Coach have the complete range of services from MAN Truck & Bus at their disposal. They profit from MAN's outstanding competence and dense Service network in Europe.

f.l.t.r.: Dr Frank Hiller, Director of Marketing, Sales & Services for MAN Truck & Bus AG, presented a symbolic key to Judith Rakers, well-known TV presenter and evening news anchorwoman, and Ralf Quibeldey, NDR project manager and Executive Producer Event of the Eurovision Song Contest.

f.l.t.r.: Dr Frank Hiller, Director of Marketing, Sales & Services for MAN Truck & Bus AG, Judith Rakers, well-known TV presenter and evening news anchorwoman, Ralf Quibeldey, NDR project manager and Executive Producer Event of the Eurovision Song Contest, Björn Loose, Vice President and Devision Manager Marketing MAN Truck & Bus AG

Judith Rakers, well-known TV presenter and evening news anchorwoman and employes of Elmar Weinzierl Omnibustouristik GmbH

Judith Rakers, well-known TV presenter and evening news anchorwoman drives MAN Lion’s Coach

Altogether 43 MAN Lion’s Coach vehicles have been made available for the transport needs of the musicians and national delegations.