MAN Truck & Bus started off well in 2024 – despite offsetting effects such as weaker demand and higher material prices. For the company as a whole, revenue rose to €3.5 billion – an increase of 3% compared to the first quarter of 2023 (€3.4 billion). Around 24,000 new vehicles sold across the world represented a decrease of 12% compared to the previous year (Q1 2023: around 27,300). This is mainly due to a model year change in the first quarter of 2024 and the strong performance in Q1 2023, in which catch-up effects had an impact. Adjusted operating result climbed by 41% to € 278 million in the first quarter of 2024 (Q1 2023: € 197 million). The adjusted operating return on sales rose by 2.1 percentage points to 7.9% (Q1 2023: 5.8%). 

“MAN stays on track,” said MAN CFO Inka Koljonen. “Despite a weaker market environment, we have further improved our performance. The measures introduced in recent years make us more resilient to market fluctuations. With an adjusted operating return on sales of 7.9%, we are already very close to our strategic target.” She continued: “A favourable price and product mix led to a further increase in sales in the first quarter despite a decline in deliveries. Business with buses and vans, engines and services is currently going very well. We continue to benefit from a high truck order backlog, which we are consistently working through. However, we are seeing increasing reluctance to invest among customers in the truck segment in our core European markets.” 

MAN Infographic Q1 2024 Sales
“With an adjusted operating return on sales of 7.9%, we are already very close to our strategic target.”

Hydrogen Trucks Under Way

Trucks with hydrogen combustion engine are coming – testing of autonomous trucks on German highways is under way. MAN is the first European truck manufacturer to produce an initial small series of 200 hydrogen-powered trucks. The vehicles will initially be delivered to customers in Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway and selected non-European countries as early as 2025. This is an early and targeted addition to MAN’s zero-emission portfolio. Customer interest in the vehicles in the selected markets is already very high. 

In addition, MAN will be delivering the first fully electric eTrucks to customers this year.

MAN is also pushing ahead with autonomous driving at full speed: the company is now the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to test the technology on German highways.