Sao Paulo, Brazil, 30 March – MAN Latin America, a subsidiary of German group MAN, has opened a showroom in Angola to sell Volkswagen trucks produced in Brazil, the Brazilian press reported Monday.
Even with the economic crisis of the end of 2008 and 2009, Angola remained in third place on the list of countries to which MAN Latin America most exported, having received 745 units, an amount exceeded only by Mexico (951) and Argentina (856).
“In Angola there is already a fleet of approximately 5,000 trucks and buses produced by MAN Latin America,” said Roberto Cortes, chairman of MAN Latin America.
The showroom built and operated by Asperbras is on a plot of 21,000 square metres and has a construction area of 12,000 square metres.
In Africa the manufacturer’s business is mainly focused in the south (South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana and Namibia) and west (Angola, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia and Ghana).
The company exports trucks and buses in kit form to South Africa, which then sells them both domestically and in neighbouring countries that use models with the steering column on teh right-hand side. In West Africa vehicle arrive assembled from Brazil.
MAN Latin America is the biggest Brazilian exporter of trucks, with 3,865 units exported in 2009, and the second-biggest exporter of buses, with 1,329 vehicles exported in the same period, to over 20 countries in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.
MAN is one of Europe’s main business groups, with headquarters in Munich, producing and selling trucks, buses, diesel engines and turbo compressors and in Latin America is responsible for Volkswagen’s trucks and buses. (macauhub)