The German heavy duty truck and bus builder MAN Nutzfahrzeuge expects a flat sales performance overall in 2001. Håkan Samuelsson, Chairman of the Executive Board, told a news conference in Munich that he expects a slight contraction in the truck and bus market in Western Europe of the order of 5 to 8 %. He pointed to a generally weaker economic outlook in the US and Europe, but also cited developments in the crude oil market and certain additional national taxes as adverse factors for operators which have led to 'uncertainty in the transport industry, particularly in Germany.' However, a positive order book and an improved market share position mean that MAN turnover is forecast to be flat in 2001, with total sales of vehicles of 70,000 units.