The first newly-developed MAN truck generation in two decades is being introduced to the Australian market, with the new range officially unveiled this week.
Penske Australia and MAN Truck & Bus revealed that the new TGL, TGM, TGS, and TGX ranges feature excellent driver fit, enhanced efficiency and economy features and optimised uptime.
Craig Lee, general manager of on-highway at Penske Australia, explained the significance of the launch of the new truck generation.
“We held an exclusive event in Brisbane earlier this week to unveil the trucks, and the feedback was tremendous. Customers can clearly see that the newly developed trucks are a game-changer for the transport industry,” Craig Lee, general manager of on-highway at Penske Australia.
“We’re confident that the new MAN truck generation will redefine trucking. And as we partner with our dealer network to continue to roll out opportunities for new and long-standing customers to climb into the cab, we’re sure they will also be convinced that the new TG has redefined the Australian market.”
Randall Seymore, executive vice president of global commercial vehicles and power systems at Penske Automotive Group, the holding company of Penske Australia, came to Australia to attend the exclusive event.
“It was wonderful to reconnect with customers at our exclusive event this week and hear directly from them on the new MAN truck generation. It’s going to be a game changer,” said Randall, who, after spending several years based at Penske Australia’s MAN head office in Queensland, returned to the US late last year to take on an expanded role within Penske.
“It’s very powerful to hear first-hand how we can continue to partner with customers to support their operations.”
The streamlined and modern MAN workspace boasts an intuitive dash layout, multi-function steering wheel, advanced infotainment system, and SmartSelect navigator; which combine to provide a user-friendly and ergonomically-optimal cabin environment.
The spacious rest and sleep area are fully furnished with everything a driver could require in a home away from home. And when combined with MAN’s innovative driver assistance features such as ACC, steering wheel airbag, cabin safety cell, emergency brake assist (EBA), ComfortSteering, and much more.
Delivering on efficiency and economy, engines range from the 250 hp D08 to the 640 hp D38 Euro 6e engine, with various options in between. The MAN Tipmatic gearbox shift system uses software to determine the optimum moving off and gearshift strategy in all situations in conjunction with load and inclination detection. This is coupled with ‘SmartShifting’ and the ‘idle speed driving’ functionality.
Efficiency is further improved through an enhanced overall aerodynamic package and the Turbo EVBec that produces 840 hp of engine braking.
The modern and intuitive cabins and efficient and economical truck features and systems are further complemented by highly reliable and fully integrated technology that delivers optimised uptime.
Extended oil drain intervals mean less time off the road for customers, and low tare weights mean higher payload availability, further increasing productivity. This is backed by an extensive national MAN dealer footprint and a host of rental and leasing options from Penske Truck Rental’s national network.
Big Rigs editor James Graham was at the launch earlier this week, where he had the opportunity to take the new trucks for a spin: