MHS Truck&Bus Co., the importer of MAN trucks and buses in Romania, estimates a 63 percent rise in sales of new vehicles, in 2008, as the German producer set, officials of the company said.
The sale of 2,200 new trucks is scheduled for 2008, compared with 1,350 in 2007, sales manager of MHS Truck&Bus Co. George Geadau told Rompres.
The company also expects to sell 200-250 second-hand trucks in Romania. Last year, MHS supplied 1,350 new trucks and 250 second-hand ones to Romania, as well as 85 buses. In 2006, supplied were 673 new trucks, 168 second-hand ones and 120 buses.
In the first four months this year, MHS supplied 650 new trucks, almost twice more than in the same period last year, despite the stagnation in the general market. The company has ambitions projects in servicing, in the next two or three months, a servicing center will be opened in Slatina, southern Romania, in Nov. one in Sibiu, center of Romania, and in 2009 one in Cluj-Napoca, center.
In the spring of 2007, MHS opened, in Bucharest-Military, its biggest center in Romania for MAN trucks and buses, it has invested six million euros in it. Previously, the company had invested around three million euros in a MAN center in Brasov, center of Romania.
MHS Truck&Bus last year took over, from Automobile Bavaria, the responsibility of managing the sales and servicing for all MAN commercial vehicles in Romania. In the past five years, Automobile Bavaria represented both MAN and BMW brands. But, because of the development of the market, there was need to have two importers for the two brands.
MAN sold last year, at global level, 103,000 trucks and buses.