MAN Australia



MAN produces some of the world’s finest trucks and buses. With a history dating back over 250 years, MAN’s knowledge and truck manufacturing expertise are unbeatable.

Originating in Germany in 1758, MAN remains at the forefront of global truck design and innovative transport solutions. Reliable, ergonomically-designed and efficient, MAN’s Truck and Bus range are also some of the most technologically-advanced vehicles on the commercial truck and bus market.

Specifically designed to meet the unique demands of the Australian climate and operators, MAN Truck and Bus offers unbeatable transport solutions.


MAN is one of the leading industrial enterprises in the German engineering industry. It is also one of the oldest running for over 250 years.

The following timeline shows the evolution of MAN from its very beginning in 1758 to its current global status.


“St. Antony“ ironworks commenced operation in Oberhausen as the first heavy industry enterprise in the Ruhr region.


The “Gute Hoffnung” (Good Hope) iron works commenced operation in Oberhausen.


Rails supplied for the Rauendahl coal track, Germany´s first horse-powered railway


Establishment of “Sulzer-Escher Wyss” works in Zurich


The three ironworks St. Antony, Gute Hoffnung and Neue Essen merged to form Hüttengewerkschaft and Handlung Jacobi (Iron Mining and Trading Company), Oberhausen.


Companies were established in both Augsburg and Nuremberg.

1893- 1897

The principles of the compression ignition combustion engine were developed by Rudolph Diesel and both construction and testing were carried out at the MAN works in Augsburg, Germany.


Two of four engines that were built for exhibition and demonstration purposes were made in MAN plants in Augsburg and Nuremberg.

The majority of all heavy good vehicles across the world are still powered using diesel engines based on the original design.


Truck-building activities first commenced at Büssing.


Vereinigte Maschinenfabrik Augsburg und Maschinenbaugesellschaft Nürnberg A.-G., Augsburg were renamed to Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg AG, Augsburg (M.A.N.)


The First World War led to a loss of key foreign branches and patent rights as well as production facilities.


The first diesel engine truck with direct fuel injection plus the first low-frame omnibus were produced.


Development work began on exhaust-gas turbochargers for diesel engines.


Development of the all-wheel drive for utility vehicles began.


During the Second World War, there was a large loss of all foreign operations and heavy war damage. The Allied Forces took control of all GHH companies.


The first German diesel truck with exhaust gas turbocharger was produced.


MAN truck plant opened in Munich.


MAN acquired the old and respected name of Bussing whose trademark lion still forms a part of the MAN truck and bus division logo today.


The first heavy, two-stroke diesel engine with an efficiency ratio of over 50% was produced.


MAN’s remaining divisions became independent and were formed into separate companies.


The first low-floor articulated bus with continuous low-level platform was produced.


The one millionth MAN commercial vehicle rolled off the line.

MAN Automotive Imports was created after Western Star Trucks Australia acquired distribution exclusivity for all MAN products within Australia and New Zealand.

Soon after this acquisition, Western Star Trucks merged with MAN Automotive Imports.


MAN Nutzfahrzeuge launched its new engine generation, the D20 Common Rail.


The market launch of the TGS and TGX in the heavy-duty series (Truck of the Year 2008).


MAN celebrated its 250th anniversary, making it one of the world’s oldest industrial companies.


MAN Nutzfahrzeuge changed its name to MAN Truck & Bus AG;

Volkswagen AG became MAN‘s majority shareholder.


MAN Truck & Bus Euro VI, exhaust-gas technology for trucks and coaches, was presented in Germany.


MAN Diesel & Turbo presented the first cylinder version of the new high-speed engine family at the maritime trade fair SMM in Hamburg, Germany.

MAN Truck & Bus presented the new top truck model TGX D38 with an innovative D38 six-cylinder inline engine.


With a history dating back over 250 years and a world-class pedigree, MAN Truck & Bus produces some of the world’s finest trucks and buses.

Proudly distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Penske, MAN’s truck generation boasts excellent driver fit, great efficiency and economy features, optimises uptime, and makes for a strong business partner.

When it comes to excellent driver fit, the streamlined and modern MAN workspace sets a new high bar. Seriously spacious, our intuitive dash layout and luxurious rest and sleep area make the perfect work environment. Combined with innovative driver assistance features and an advanced aerodynamic design, your driver won’t want to leave the cabin.

Delivering great efficiency and economy, your MAN will take you further with less. Economical engines

and improved aerodynamics, along with other efficiency-enhancing innovations, yield remarkable fuel savings that result in increased profits for your business.

This is further complemented by our highly reliable and fully integrated technology and design philosophy which delivers optimised uptime and tangible gains for you. Extended oil drain intervals mean less time off the road, and our extensive national dealer network minimises downtime for your business and maximises support.

All of this is underpinned through MAN’s comprehensive 24/7 roadside assist program, customised repair and maintenance packages, generous warranties, and our powerful enterprise grade telematics solution, MAN Opti-Connect. MAN is your business’ strong partner.

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