In the late 70’s, Volkswagen had plans to take over truck maker MAN and to sell a whole range of commercial vehicles, from light vans to heavy trucks under the MAN brand. MAN was never taken over, much to the relief of Volkswagen’s commercial vehicle division in Hannover that feared for its independence. Some 35 years later, the plan is close to become reality.
A few years ago, Volkswagen took over Swedish truckmaker Scania. After hectic back and forth and sundry scandals, Volkswagen finally took over German truckmaker MAN last year. Volkswagen’s commercial vehicle division in Hannover began to become more worried than usual.
Now, the other shoe is about to drop.
Volkswagen chiefs Piech and Winterkorn are ready to put long-serving Volkswagen managers into key positions at MAN, says Das Handelsblatt. The paper sees this as the opening move to fulfill a decade old dream and to weld Scania, MAN and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles into one large truckmaker.
Scania and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will report to MAN trucks in Munich, Handelsblatt heard. The brands MAN, Scania and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will remain untouched, for the time being. It would not be a big loss to ditch the unwieldy “Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge” brand, which did not do much good except earn the people in Hannover the moniker “die Nutzis.”
(Hat tip to Dipl.Ing. Anonymous.)