Munich drives an MAN – new bus for the EHC ice hockey team

First stop Cologne

Shortly before leaving for away game against the "Kölner Haie" (Cologne Sharks), MAN handed over a new team bus to Munich´s ice hockey club, EHC München. Frank H. Lutz, Chief Financial Officer at MAN SE and Nico Schoenecker, Managing Director of Autobus Oberbayern, handed over the key to the new team vehicle to Munich´s professional ice hockey players, their sporting manager Christian Winkler and trainer Pat Cortina in front of the Olympic Ice Stadium in Munich.

"We are confident that with its unique appearance, the new team bus will give the EHC a comfortable ride through the season, accompanying it to many away victories – including of course today, on its maiden journey," said Mr. Lutz during the handover. "This MAN Lion´s Coach offers outstanding safety and comfort, making it an ideal team bus for the EHC," explained MAN SE´s CFO.

Trainer Cortina was delighted: "This is te most attractive bus in the German Ice Hockey League. Every week, our team travels all over Germany. So it´s important to me that the players feel at ease in the bus. In our new MAN team bus, they will arrive safely and relaxed at their venue." Stéphane Julien, Captain of EHC München, added: "The bus looks just brilliant. I think it´s great that we now have our own bus, just like the footballers at Bayern, Borussia and HSV. It´s ideal for preparing ourselves while traveling to the next opponent."

The new team bus, a Lion´s Coach L model, has been supplied by Autobus Oberbayern and is a vehicle for winners. Driven by 440 PS, it has 55 seats and with a length of 13.8 m, offers plenty of leg room for maximum comfort during trips to away games. A curtain partition provides a separate retreat for both players and training staff, and it is also fitted with a table for discussions.

Offering players and trainers an optimal environment to prepare for their matches, the new team bus includes not only a modernly-equipped kitchen with a high-quality coffee machine, but also a refrigerated bar, as well as two fridges. The multimedia facilities also leave nothing to be desired. Two 13-inch televisions with a DVD player are available to help the team prepare for and subsequently analyze their games.

Nico Schoenecker, Managing Director of Autobus Oberbayern, says: "We have selected one of the best and most comfortable buses for EHC München. We are delighted to now be driving Munich´s professional hockey players, along with clubs in the German football and basketball leagues.“

The new team bus is also to be presented to the fans. On Sunday, January 15, the EHC bus will take up a prominent position in front of the Olympic Ice Stadium from 3 o´clock onwards, before the home game against Nuremberg´s Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. All EHC fans are called upon to find a creative name for the new bus. What should the bus be called? Perhaps "Eis-Wagen" (Ice Cart), "EHC-Flitzer" (EHC Speedster) or "Kufen-Schlitten" (Blade Sleigh) – all suggestions will be accepted. The players and trainers will then select the best name for their bus. Winners will be drawn from all participants and can then travel in the new EHC team bus to the away game in Nuremberg on February 21, 2012. There the bus will be officially christened by the creator of the winning name.

MAN buses are used by a large number of top football teams in Europe and Latin America, as well as German teams in the ice hockey and basketball Bundesliga. Among others, AC Mailand and FC Chelsea rely on MAN, along with the Brazilian national team and fifteen first-division teams in the Brazilian football league that also travel with MAN team buses. In Germany, ten of the eighteen teams in the football Bundesliga travel in buses supplied by the Munich-based Dax 30 group, as well as the FC Bayern basketball team and 1860 München footballers located in Munich.