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“The MAN bus mar­ket share in New Zealand reached 95 per cent dur­ing Der­naj’s time.”

AFTER START­ING his ca­reer with MAN Truck and Bus as a diesel tech­ni­cian ap­pren­tice, re­gional sales man­ager John Der­naj com­mem­o­rated his 50 years of ser­vice with the com­pany re­cently, with in­creased NZ mar­ket share a high­light, it’s re­ported.

It all started on 15 June, 1967, in Syd­ney be­fore Der­naj moved across to MAN Truck & Bus assem­bly as a tech­ni­cal ad­viser in the assem­bly and in­stal­la­tion of en­gines into ve­hi­cles at Kurri Kurri, near New­cas­tle, three years later.

Der­naj was then pro­moted to tech­ni­cal man­ager in 1975 in the re­search and de­vel­op­ment team, look­ing after ADR con­ver­sions for MAN Truck & Bus in Syd­ney.

The early ’80s saw him trans­ferred to MAN New Zealand as head of its bus and truck assem­bly ser­vice and sales man­ager to NZ op­er­a­tors.

In 1992, he was trans­ferred back to Aus­tralia, head­ing to MAN in Mel­bourne to take on a role as pro­duc­tion man­ager for the assem­bly of trucks and buses.

He then took on the po­si­tion of na­tional bus sales man­ager in 2000 at Transpa­cific Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Group (now Penske Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles), be­fore moving across to a re­gional sales man­ager role in 2005, re­spon­si­ble for VIC/SA/ TAS, and then MAN bus and coach sales man­ager for VIC/ TAS/SA in 2007.


Der­naj con­tin­ues his ca­reer with MAN as bus sales man­ager for VIC/ TAS/SA with Penske Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles, the com­pany states.

With myr­iad ca­reer high­lights, Der­naj counts the in­tro­duc­tion and sup­ply of MAN bus prod­uct to all metro op­er­a­tors in New Zealand (Auck­land, Welling­ton, Christchurch, Dunedin, New Poly­math and In­ver­cargill) as a high point.

He also as­sem­bled chas­sis of buses and trucks for New Zealand body builders and de­liv­ered com­pleted buses to NZ op­er­a­tors.

Der­naj also in­tro­duced MAN on-road and off-road trucks to the most prom­i­nent op­er­a­tors in New Zealand, in­clud­ing all-wheel drive prod­uct such as 4x4, 6x6, and 8x8 for the ground-spreader mar­ket (fer­tiliser spread­ing trucks).

The MAN bus mar­ket share in New Zealand reached 95 per cent dur­ing Der­naj’s time thanks to his, and his col­leagues’, ef­forts, the com­pany states.


MAN Truck & Bus, with head­quar­ters in Mu­nich, Ger­many, is one of the lead­ing in­ter­na­tional sup­pli­ers of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles and trans­port so­lu­tions in Europe, with pro­duc­tion plants in three Euro­pean coun­tries as well as in Rus­sia, South Africa, In­dia and Turkey.

As well as new and used trucks, coaches, ru­ral and municipal buses and all you need in terms of ser­vice, sup­port and fund­ing, MAN Ger­many also op­er­ates its own trucks and buses and man­ages ve­hi­cle fleets.

In Aus­trala­sia, the Penske brand is proudly rep­re­sented in through lead­ing on- and off-high­way busi­ness con­cerns in­clud­ing Penske Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles, Penske Power Sys­tems and Penske Truck Rental.

It dis­trib­utes com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles from Western Star Trucks, MAN Truck & Bus and Den­nis Ea­gle, as well as diesel and gas en­gines, and power sys­tems from Detroit, MTU and Al­li­son Trans­mis­sion, with re­lated parts and ser­vice in­ter­ests.

All of th­ese lo­cal brands form a part of Penske Trans­porta­tion Group In­ter­na­tional, the lo­cal hold­ing com­pany for Penske Au­to­mo­tive Group, which is a For­tune 500 com­pany, oper­at­ing ve­hi­cle deal­er­ships across the United States and Western Europe.

Be­low: John Der­naj cel­e­brated 50 years at MAN, re­cently.

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