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MAN wins design awards

MAN Truck & Bus has received not one, but two sought-after iF Design Awards. The first accolade, the iF Design Award 2019 in the “Automobiles/Vehicles/Bikes” category, was awarded to the new MAN Lion’s City bus. The MAN CitE fully electric concept distribution truck, on the other hand, scooped the iF Gold Award in the “Professional Concept Mobility” category, leaving behind other top-class design studies in the passenger car and motorcycle business.

It’s not hard to see why the MAN CitE, which we wrote about last year, came up trumps. Its styling is breathtaking; there were gasps of admiration when it was revealed at last year’s IAA. The CitE impressed the iF Design Awards jury members, too, who praised MAN’s design team for managing to fundamentally rethink the concept of an urban distribution truck.

“The sophisticated driver-cab design creates an open and transparent atmosphere in the truck driver’s workplace while integrating all communication devices. The exterior design won us over with integrated functional areas and clearly defined bodywork and style elements,” the jurors enthused. According to the iF experts, this makes the vehicles “utterly innovative and forward-looking”.

The MAN Lion’s City’s accolade marked the fourth year in a row that a bus designed by MAN Truck & Bus has received the iF Design Award. This is something no other bus manufacturer has been able to achieve.

The jury was impressed with its modern and high-end appearance, and commented favourably on its distinctive LED headlights and sweeping windscreen.

My friends call me a glomad (a global nomad lest you don’t get it). That’s a particularly apt word, because I am always trawling all corners of the globe, looking for stories. As a result, I have slept in some seriously strange places – on a bed of ice in the Arctic circle, on the floor in a traditional Japanese hotel, on the sand dunes in the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan … and even on the floor of a Thai cargo ship. Mostly however I tend to sleep on aircraft (if I had a dog, he would bark at me when I eventually come home). I am passionate about trucks, cars, travel, food, wine, people and hugs – so I write about all these things. Except the hugs.

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