Bauma 2019: MAN TGE to make first appearance at Bauma trade fair


At the trade fair, MAN will be showcasing two TGE designs tailored to specific industry needs in the form of a three-way tipper and an escort vehicle for heavy haulage transport.

  • First time at Bauma: MAN TGEs ranging from 3 to 5.5 tonnes
  • Trade fair première for 5.5-tonner: an MAN TGE 6.180 with tipper body

MAN will be exhibiting vehicles from the TGE series for the first time at Bauma. Step by step since April 2017, MAN has been introducing the TGE – its lightweight van sporting the lion emblem on its radiator grille – into a variety of European markets. The 5.5-tonne model (type designation: TGE 6.180 4x2) will be making its début with a three-way tipper body at the MAN trade fair booth in Hall B4, number 325. On show directly in front of the hall will be an MAN TGE 3.180 4x2, equipped as a heavy haulage escort vehicle (BF4).

Comprehensive product range for the construction industry

Construction firms, skilled trades businesses, horticultural and landscaping companies can all look to the sweeping TGE product range for the right vehicle to suit their wide array of needs. MAN offers a comprehensive range of body shapes with chassis and panel vans, which are also available with windows all the way around. Customers can choose between two wheelbases, three overhang variants and three roof heights. Depending on the version chosen, the 3.5-tonne models can support a maximum payload in excess of 1.5 tonnes, while the panel vans allow for a maximum cargo compartment volume of 18.4 cubic metres.

Chassis and crew cabs are available for the chassis. The crew cab can seat up to seven people, offering employees a comfortable and safe way to navigate the construction site.

The MAN TGE series starts at a permissible gross vehicle weight of 3 metric tonnes. The series tops out at 5.5 tonnes, including a rear axle fitted with twin tyres, although an additional 3.5 tonnes can be transported using a trailer coupling. The wide selection of variants enables customers to choose their preferred drive system. Depending on the permissible total weight, front, rear or all-wheel drive options are possible, with either a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The MAN TGE features a completely new-generation diesel engine promising high levels of durability and reliability. The 1,968 cm3 engines come in 75 kW/102 hp, 90 kW/122 hp, 103 kW/140 hp and 130 kW/177 hp variants. The V4 engine was specially developed to withstand the “rough” requirements placed on commercial vehicles over their lifetime, first and foremost for economical operation and robustness.

The MAN TGE 4x4 stands for safe progress even on unpaved surfaces. In dry weather, the van travels efficiently over the asphalt with pure front-wheel drive. The MAN TGE is torsion-free and, above all, fuel-efficient on the road. The special feature of the all-wheel drive concept: in the event of a loss of traction, the control unit reacts automatically and switches on the rear-wheel drive in 0.084 seconds. From a technical standpoint, this fast response makes the modern clutch possible, which automatically distributes the drive torque between the front and rear axles – from 0 to 100%.

MAN offers a wide range of bodies and upgrades from the factory floor for MAN TGE models to be used in the construction industry. This makes it possible to order Scattolini, Henschel and Schoon three-way tippers for the 3.5 and 5.5-tonne models. In addition, there are flexible racking systems from Bott and Sortimo available as factory-fitted features for maintenance and mobile workshop vehicles.

If building work is halted in the winter due to adverse weather, the MAN TGE can be used for winter service operations – for instance, by fitting a mounting bracket for a snow plough. Meanwhile, there is room for a gritter in the loading area.

MAN putting on two TGE exhibits at Bauma trade fair

Production of the largest tipper in the TGE series started in autumn 2018. The distinguishing features of the MAN TGE 6.180 to be exhibited at the trade fair include a top-of-the-range engine, 6-speed manual gearbox, twin tyres on the leaf-sprung rear axle, a three-seat single cab and a Meiller three-way tipper.

And there will be an MAN TGE 3.180 with striking sulphur-yellow paintwork on display at MAN’s outside booth next to Hall B4. The model’s overall appearance and its roof equipped with a variable-message sign system indicate its potential use as an escort vehicle for large-capacity and heavy-haulage transport vehicles (type BF4). In the three-seat panel van, interior fixtures and fittings have been added to store the barrier equipment and measuring instruments that need to be transported. The vehicle underwent modification at Kustech’s plant in Techau, near the North German city of Lübeck.

Maximum safety thanks to assistance systems

The Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) fitted as standard in the TGE is a major contribution to road safety on the part of MAN. Distance sensors monitor critical distances from the vehicle ahead and help to reduce the vehicle’s stopping distance. In addition, the integrated City Emergency Brake automatically brakes the vehicle at low speeds. This reduces the risk of rear-end collisions, one of the most frequent causes of accidents, minimising off-road times and repair costs, as well as boosting the vehicle’s residual value. The optional Reversing Assist helps when manoeuvring out of parking spaces. A trailer manoeuvring assist feature can also be activated as required. The electromechanical power steering compensates for countersteer forces such as those created by side winds. The Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) ensures high levels of comfort on lengthy motorway stretches. The drowsiness detection function and the multi-collision brake enhance safety for everyone. This multi-collision brake prevents secondary collisions with other obstacles or road users in the event of an accident.




MAN Van is extremely well-suited for 4th-generation (BF4) heavy-duty escort vehicles.


With its 300 kg roof load, the MAN TGE is predestined to be converted into a BF4 escort vehicle for bulk and heavy-duty transport. Thanks to comprehensive special equipment, the vehicle can easily be adjusted to the needs of escort drivers.




MAN will exhibit the TGE with BF4 conversion by kustech Systeme in the outdoor area in front of Hall 4 at bauma 2019 in Munich (8th – 14th April 2019).

The people who work to keep us safe on motorways, dual carriageways and country roads every night need the best equipment they can get. This statement summarises precisely what MAN TGE stands for in the heavy-duty escort segment. At the bauma trade fair (Munich, 8th – 14th April), the commercial vehicle manufacturer MAN Truck & Bus will exhibit a TGE with a BF4 conversion by company kustech Systeme, from Techau near Lübeck, Germany.

BF4 stands for the 4th generation of support vehicles – these vans are designed to secure bulk and heavy-duty transport from the front, primarily on country roads and in cities, and to warn traffic approaching from the side. For this reason, the variable traffic sign system that will be installed on the roof of the vehicle must swivel by 360 degrees. At junctions, this allows the BF4 driver to warn intersecting traffic with one of the eleven available traffic signs. On motorways, heavy-duty transports are secured by BF3 and BF3plus vans; the two versions are differentiated primarily by the number of available traffic signs. They secure the transport towards the rear. Thanks to the swivelling variable traffic sign system, a BF4 vehicle can be used as a BF3plus on the motorway.

Since 2015, the specification sheet issued by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has specified that the vehicles may not feature any company or product advertising. In addition, BF4s must always be sulphur yellow and have four side marker lights on each side. The escort vehicles must be equipped for additional wind loads when the BF4 traffic sign system is erect at speed of at least 80 km/h. kustech equips the MAN TGE so that the standard driving properties of the vehicle are guaranteed – for example, via monitoring of the driving dynamics and the standard speed warning. With the BF4 Premium variable traffic sign system, it can even achieve 120 km/h.

The MAN TGE is especially well-suited for conversion into a BF4. For example, the roof is strong enough to support the approx. 200 kg variable traffic sign system. With 300 kg of roof load, the TGE is part of an elite group: Only three models on the market currently achieve this value.

What’s more, the MAN TGE offers a wide range of special equipment, enabling the customer to tailor their heavy-duty escort vehicles to their exact requirements. For example, the suspension and stabilization can be reinforced, and the front axle load increased to 1,800 kg. The crosswind assistant and emergency brake assistant ensure safety on board. MAN can also supply a powerful cycle stable secondary battery for frequently used interior fittings, such as the monitor, microwave and refrigerator. The vast majority of BF4 vehicles will be supplied with interior fittings for the driver. This includes a place to sleep, so that support drivers can rest immediately after the arrival of the heavy-duty transport, which usually takes place at night or in the early morning hours.

In addition to powerful 2.0-litre TDI engines with up to 177 hp and an optional 8-speed automatic gearbox, the TGE also offers the choice between front, rear or all-wheel drive, as well as a tight-knit service network.


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Our vehicles are equipped with summer tyres as standard. Please check possible national regulations about whether winter tyres are required. Your MAN partner will be happy to advise you.

The specified fuel consumption and emission data has been determined according to the measurement procedures prescribed by law. Since 1st September 2017, certain new vehicles are already being type-approved according to the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), a more realistic test procedure for measuring fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. It is currently still required by law to state the NEDC figures for vehicles for passenger transport with registration class M1. In the case of new vehicles which have been type-approved according to the WLTP, the NEDC figures are derived from the WLTP data. In cases where the NEDC figures are specified as value ranges, these do not refer to a particular individual vehicle and do not constitute part of the sales offering.

Additional equipment and accessories (e.g. add-on parts, different tyre formats, etc.) may change the relevant vehicle parameters, such as weight, rolling resistance and aerodynamics, and, in conjunction with weather and traffic conditions and individual driving style, may affect fuel consumption, electrical power consumption, CO2 emissions and the performance figures for the vehicle.

Efficiency classes rate vehicles for passenger transport with an M1 passenger vehicle registration, according to the CO2 emissions under consideration of the empty vehicle weight. Vehicles which conform to the average are classified as D. Vehicles which are above the current average are classified as A+, A, B or C. Vehicles which are below average are classified as E, F or G.

Additional information regarding the official fuel consumption, and the official specific CO2 emissions of new vehicles for passenger transport, with an M1 passenger vehicle registration, can be found in the “Guide on the fuel economy, CO2-Emissions, and power consumptions of all New Passenger Car Models”. This guideline is available free of charge at all sales points and from the DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, Germany. (https://www.datgroup.com/)

In vehicle classes N1, N2 and M2, coolant of the type R134a is used. MAN TGEs of vehicle class M1 require coolant of the type R1234yf. The GWP value of the coolant used is 1.430 (coolant type R134a) and 4 (coolant type R1234yf). The fill levels depend on the coolant compressor and varies between 560 - 590 grams.