MAN moves into vans

Truck maker MAN has officially launched its line of vans at the CV Show that is running in Birmingham.

The MAN TGE is aimed at the company’s existing truck customers. One of the selling points of the vehicle range is its robustness.

Managing Director Thomas Hemmerich has described the TGE as one of the most significant product launches in the history of the company. The TGE now means that the MAN truck range now starts at a 3 tonner and goes right up to 250 tonnes.

The TGE offers up to 18.4 cu m of loading volume and have engines from 102PS to 177PS. At the moment it comes with a manual six speed gearbox, but there are both front-wheel and rear-when drive versions as well as an all-wheel drive variant.

Meanwhile Ford has used the CV show to highlight its new automatic transmission Transit that is targeted at the multi-drop delivery market. The six speed SelectShift automatic transmission was developed specifically for the Transit.

The new automatic Transit can be specified in conjunction with the 130PS and 170PS versions of the new EcoBlue diesel engine that comes with Auto-Start-Stop as standard.

DAF also announced the launch of its own new trucks at the same show.

DAF is using the show to introduce the new generation CF and XF trucks which it says give seven per cent better fuel economy than the trucks they replace.

The improvement comes as a result of engine innovations, new drivelines and aerodynamic optimisations. The trucks are also some 100 kilos lighter than the old models.

The new trucks will go into production this summer. “DAF has developed a new generation of CF and XF trucks offering the best possible solutions for both the customer and the driver,” said Preston Feight, DAF Trucks president.
 
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