Top marks in comfort, safety, innovation, fuel efficiency and more have helped the new MAN TGX take out the prestigious title of International Truck of the Year 2021.
During a virtual ceremony, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus, Andreas Tostmann, was thrilled to accept the award. “The title ‘International Truck of the Year’ is tremendous recognition for the outstanding work put in by our team at MAN. For more than five years now, the team has been working with a single objective in mind: to develop the best truck for drivers and our customers and to get it out on the road. This coveted award just goes to show, we did it,” he said.
The jury, made up of 24 trade journalists representing the 24 most respected European specialist truck journals, have had the opportunity to get to know the MAN TGX inside-out, since February this year.
And it seems there was a lot that impressed them about this truck. Along with driver comfort, the driver’s workplace with its clearly arranged, fully digital display instruments, the intuitively operable driving and multimedia functions incorporated into the new, generously adjustable multifunction steering wheel and the innovative, distraction-free rotary pushbutton control function of the MAN SmartSelect system was seen as a major plus.
Jurors also gave glowing reviews of the living conditions in the new driver’s cab. And during test drives, the efficiency of the Euro 6d driveline of the new MAN TGX, which offers fuel savings of up to 8.2 percent compared to the previous version when coupled with the aerodynamic refinement of the cab design and the GPS cruise control system MAN EfficientCruise, were a standout.
Safety functions such as the radar-based turn assist and lane change support systems, Lane Return Assist and assisted driving in traffic jams, were other noteworthy features. As was the truck’s high degree of connectivity provided by its electronic architecture, which is the first of its kind in the commercial vehicle sector, and the range of digital services associated with it.
“The new MAN TGX represents a major step forward in terms of driver comfort, fuel efficiency, connectivity and human-machine interface. So there is no doubt why the new MAN TGX was voted Truck of the Year 2021. It is a future-oriented truck that meets the transport needs of today and tomorrow,” said International Truck of the Year President Gianenrico Griffini, in summarising the jury members’ verdict at the awards ceremony.
The annual International Truck of the Year award is presented to a truck released in the last 12 months that has made the greatest contribution to the sustainable development of road haulage. The evaluation criteria are technical innovations and refinements, along with innovation that contributes to overall cost-effectiveness, safety and environmental relief.