Full range – MAN presents its new van and truck products for 2018
The well-established, Munich-based company is expanding its selection, becoming a full-range provider. The light commercial vehicles with the lion emblem on their grille have fully rounded off MAN’s product portfolio since April this year. This will expand future business to include transport tasks involving permissible gross weights between 3 and 44 tonnes. Offering a large number of new items in the various truck series, MAN will begin life as a one-stop supplier in 2018.
- MAN offering full range from 3 to 44 tonnes
- New MAN TGE and Vans to Go for instant professional use
- MAN truck series boasting new interior and operator control concept
- New D08SCR engine for MAN TGL and TGM
- RIO Box coming as standard in all new MAN Euro 6 trucks in Europe
The time-honoured, Munich-based brand is entering the van world for the first time with the new MAN TGE. Production has been underway since April and official sales started only a month earlier, branching MAN’s established, customer-focused truck business out into the light commercial vehicle market. The new addition impresses with its variety of models, including the closed panel van, combi with windows, and vehicle chassis with single and crew cabs, all of which enhance the range of body designs. A permissible gross weight of 3 to 5.5 tonnes and efficient, robust 102 to 177 HP engines make this the ideal light transportation solution in construction, skilled trades, passenger transport and for assorted applications in distribution logistics. Via the Vans to Go scheme, MAN is introducing its line of complete, instantly available, direct-from-factory vehicles along with attachments for the TGE range for the first time in Barcelona.
Among the innovations in the medium-duty truck sector, MAN TGL and TGM are now on the move with a new engine featuring new power stages. The new MAN D08SCR generation of engines excels with its simpler design and exhaust gas aftertreatment based solely on Selective Catalytic Reduction technology. This expands the range of applications while easing maintenance and strengthening overall reliability. MAN has also managed to further reduce the new unit’s consumption by 5.5 percent. The TGL and TGM can also boast added driving comfort and efficiency thanks to new functions for the TipMatic gearbox. Inside the cab, the workplace experiences an additional upgrade with new controls, making it more driver-friendly.
While the new interior design primarily takes shape around the workplace in the short C and M cabs, drivers will also benefit from a redesign of the living area in the long L, LX, XL, XLX and XXL cabs, which are chiefly used in the MAN TGX and TGS. The living area changes include new storage and lighting features as well as a new retractable fridge, located fully underneath the resting bunk. All the important comfort functions can be controlled via a new operator control concept. In addition, the TGX series ensures restful sleep with an acoustic package that markedly further reduces the noise levels in the cab via extensive insulation measures.
MAN has equipped the new Adaptive Cruise Control variant with a Stop-and-Go function to prevent driver fatigue as far as possible on congested roads and in sluggish traffic situations. This automatically regulates the distance from the vehicle in front (including at low speeds), slows the vehicle (to a stop if necessary) and automatically moves off again after short stops. This way, the driver can relax and enjoy the ride free of stress, even in stop-and-go traffic.
Every new truck in Europe that has our lion emblem on the grille and meets the Euro 6 standard is equipped with a RIO Box as of August, allowing customers to keep running their logistics processes as smoothly as possible with their MAN. This works as a technical interface to provide access to RIO, the new digital offering from Volkswagen Truck & Bus. In adding this, MAN is laying the first building block for an infrastructure whose services will be able to connect the entire transportation and logistics sector in the future. By means of RIO’s cloud-based technology solution, customers will soon be able to access their fleet’s vast range of data in a central location and use a variety of services from the transport and logistics sector.
MAN TGE Shuttle
The TGE Shuttle is the first van product that MAN is rolling out from its quality in-house custom manufacturing plant, the BMC (Bus Modification Centre). The TGE Shuttle enables MAN to cater to hotels, taxi companies and limousine services, which often transport VIPs or small groups.
- MAN TGE upgrade from the Bus Modification Centre (BMC) in Plauen, Germany
- MAN TGE Shuttle
MAN is pooling its expertise in the bus world at the BMC to find tailored solutions for individual needs. The Centre has a wide remit, encompassing exclusive special-purpose vehicles like team buses, special buses for applications in the justice system or libraries, as well as buses for specific customers like presidents or pop stars. Customers can be offered one-stop, turnkey solutions for their specific requirements by way of the BMC. As such, the Bus Modification Centre’s work starts where the series portfolio ends.
A custom back seat style is a central feature of the dark-tinted MAN TGE. The set of changes is based on a special floor with recessed seat rails. By means of a quick-locking mechanism, each occupant’s seat can be fitted and adjusted on these rails to suit the group numbers being transported, without the need to use a tool. Integrated three-point seatbelts on each seat allow adjustment for the occupant’s personal seating position, ensuring a comfortable ride. Passengers enter their area through a sliding door that opens and closes electrically. They can embark and disembark easily and conveniently thanks to the spacious door opening (around 1.3 metres wide and more than 1.8 metres high) and the footstep which extends and retracts electrically. This can be controlled by the driver pressing a button or by simply pulling the door handle. Pleasant temperatures are ensured during the trip with the thermal and sound insulation that is also installed in the vehicle behind the side trim and pillar trim panels, as well as an additional heat exchanger.
The MAN TGE Shuttle is available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive, with the option of a 6-speed manually operated gearbox or 8-speed automatic gearbox. Whatever the drive system, a four-cylinder diesel engine with different power outputs is available. Efficiency and robustness came first and foremost in its development. The 1,968 cc engines are offered with 75 kW/102 hp, 103 kW/140 hp or 130 kW/177 hp.
The new MAN TGE
The new MAN TGE moves the time-honoured, Munich-based brand into the world of vans for the first time. Production started in April, with official sales launched only a month earlier. With the TGE, MAN puts together a lightweight commercial vehicle able to convince users who have trusted and worked with its big brothers in the heavy truck industry for many years. Designated TGE sales consultants consistently ensure a tailor-made customer solution.
- MAN as full-service provider
- Up to 18.4 cubic meters of load volume
- Engines from 75 kW to 130 kW
- Series safety with emergency brake assist
- Service around the clock
Full service provider
With an available range between 3.0 and 44 tonnes, MAN is evolving into a full service provider when it comes to having the right solution for every transport task. The new TGE sees MAN transferring all its usual customer oriented services from the truck business into the transporter class. In the process, the best solution for the customer always remains the main focus. Specially trained and schooled staff is available to provide a competent point of contact. Years of experience and smooth integration with various body manufacturers is as much a matter of course as the close cooperation with the respective corporate customers. The cooperative teamwork between customers, body manufacturers, Sales and Service, thus results in the creation of a vehicle which offers the highest utility value throughout its service life. In terms of target groups, MAN is mainly focusing on the logistics and construction sector, but industry-specific requirements from the skilled trades and passenger transportation are also future areas of application for the lightweight "truck" from MAN Truck & Bus. Common features in all applications: With the lowest cW value of 0.33, the lowest fuel consumption in its class and low repair and maintenance costs, the new MAN TGE impresses with the best total cost of ownership (TCO).
Plenty of space and high load capacity
In addition to the closed delivery van and utility wagon with windows, the selection of vehicle bodies is increased with the addition of chassis with single and crew cabs. Of course, the latter can also be ordered ex works with a wide variety of configurations. For the new MAN TGE, there are two wheelbases, three roof heights and three vehicle lengths to choose from. The vehicle lengths for the closed delivery vans range from 5,983 mm to 6,833 mm and even up to a 7,388 mm long MAN TGE with large overhang. The vehicle heights are estimated at 2,340 mm, 2,575 mm, and 2,800 millimetres. The corresponding combination results in a maximum load volume of 18.4 cubic meters. Standard equipment: an LED-lighted bright interior cargo space. The entry-level MAN TGE starts at 3.0 tonnes permitted total weight – with the upper end of the range being 5.5 tonnes. An additional 3.5 tonnes can be added via a trailer coupling. The maximum payload provided by the 3.5 tonne vehicle is extraordinary. In an ideal scenario, it can carry up to 1.5 tonnes of cargo.
Versatility and efficiency in the powertrain
The range of available powertrains is equally extensive. Depending on the permitted total weight, there is a choice between front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, all of which can be coupled with either a 6 gear manual transmission or an 8 gear automatic transmission. With the MAN TGE, a whole new generation of diesel engines is born. It had its debut a good year ago in the globally renowned and successful Volkswagen Transporter, and thus once again embodies long service life and reliability. In addition, the four-cylinder was specially developed with a view to the "hard" requirements of the life of a commercial vehicle. Economy and robustness are at the forefront here, two features which the MAN TGE now combines into a true virtue and promises new optimum economic and ecological values. The range of the 1,968 cm3-large engines comprises versions with 75 kW/102 HP, 90 kW/122 HP, 103 kW/140 HP and 130 kW/177 HP.
Convenience and everyday usefulness in the interior
Behind the steering wheel, the typical commercial vehicle work place is transformed into a true living space in the TGE. Numerous well-thought-out shelves and racks support the driver in his everyday tasks. The driver's seats, available in four different designs, offer ideal padding and shape for optimal long-distance comfort that leaves no wish unfulfilled. Abrasion-resistant proven covers from the truck series guarantee a long service life.
Highest security with assist system
With the standard EBA (Emergency Brake Assist), MAN makes an essential contribution to traffic safety. Distance sensors serve to check critical distances from the vehicle ahead and help to shorten the stopping distance. The integrated city EBA function also automatically brakes the vehicle at low speeds, thereby reducing one of the most frequent causes of accidents, minimizing downtime and repair costs, and increasing the residual value.
The optional backing up assist helps in situations such as leaving a parking spot. Furthermore, a trailer manoeuvring assist function can also be activated as required. The electromechanical power steering compensates for countersteering forces, such as those that result from crosswinds.
The distance-regulated cruise control ensures a high level of comfort on long stretches of motorway. The fatigue recognition and the multicollision brake increase the overall level of safety: the latter can prevent a subsequent collision with other obstacles or road users.
Furthermore, the new series benefits from the professional service offered by MAN: This is known for its uncomplicated help even without an appointment at the workshop, its fast help for weekend and night-time emergencies, as well as the extensive opening hours. The focus of the service extends equally to entire vehicles as it does to flexible maintenance and repair contracts. Warranty extensions, a mobility guarantee and a 24 hour breakdown service round off the scope of workshop services.
Furthermore, MAN offers custom-tailored financial services that assist the fleet manager as well as the owner at purchasing level and throughout the vehicle's service life.
For continuous professional development of the drivers, a variety of courses can be booked under the label MAN ProfiDrive. Here various modules are used to train drivers on how to behave in an emergency, how to drive economically and how to properly secure cargo. With these services, the user and the owner can put together an all-round worry-free package, which is rarely found in the lightweight commercial vehicle segment.
Acclaimed vehicle category in Europe - the market for the MAN TGE
MAN adds a light-duty commercial vehicle to its product range for the first time. The company's move into the transporter market has been prompted not only by rapid growth in the sector and a desire to expand its product portfolio, but also by increasing demands in the service and sales industries. The new MAN-branded TGE will be the go-to solution for transporting goods quickly and easily on a daily basis.
- Market for the MAN TGE
- Target groups for the MAN TGE
Market for the MAN TGE
With the TGE, MAN introduces a light commercial vehicle that is set to impress seasoned heavy truck users who have long been working with its big brothers Over the past few years, the European market for light commercial vehicles has seen both a steady rise in registration figures and a gradual expansion of product ranges. Growth rates of around 10% are forecast for the next three years in the C/D segment (maximum gross weight 3.0 to 6.0 tonnes) in Europe alone. The main factors behind this rise in the popularity of large transporters are likely to include the boom in online shopping, universal registration requirements, the harmonisation of driving licence regulations, the wide variety of potential uses and the fact that they behave and handle like a car. Not to mention the attractive design and the almost unlimited number of different configuration options for these vehicles. Key markets for the MAN TGE will include not only German-speaking countries, but also southern and south-western Europe. Most notably the traditionally strong Italian and French markets, for which statistics have shown annual registration figures for new C/D-segment vehicles of more than 120,000 in the past few years. Not to forget the Benelux countries and the United Kingdom, however, where the market for light commercial vehicles is constantly expanding and current sales figures likewise exceed 120,000. Similarly high figures are also forecast for Germany. The previously mentioned consolidation of demands and markets suggests that the number of vehicles sold on domestic soil is also likely to rise to around 125,000 in future. Figures of this magnitude provide solid grounds for optimism.
Target groups for the MAN TGE
The target groups for the new MAN TGE are as diverse as its potential areas of application. The majority of customers will come from a logistics background, companies involved in courier, express and parcel deliveries, customer service operations or the professional trades. MAN sees its strengths in the logistics and construction sectors, but the new light van from MAN Truck & Bus is equally designed to meet the industry-specific demands of tradespeople and passenger transport operations. The MAN TGE is highly customisable, but all-wheel or rear-wheel drive chassis versions are likely to be most in demand due to their popularity in the building trades. The call for high payload reserves is also expected to boost the market for vehicles with a maximum gross weight exceeding 3.5 tonnes. Designated MAN TGE sales consultants will be available in Europe to provide expert advice when the vehicles go on sale. Close cooperation with the different bodybuilders, as well as with various key clients, will of course also be a top priority. The high-end nine-seat combi vans for passenger transportation are an unmissable innovation. A further benefit is that professional support for the new series of vehicles will be provided by MAN Service, which is renowned for its helpful approach to every customer – even walk-ins – and its ability to solve problems in a short space of time, even at weekends or overnight, as well as its long opening hours. Their range of workshop services naturally includes flexible repair and maintenance contracts as well as full vehicle services, rounded off by extended warranties, a replacement vehicle guarantee and a 24-hour breakdown service.
Power and practical application - the MAN TGE engine and drive system
A wide range of power train options ensures that MAN can meet a vast variety of customer needs. Depending on the selected drive train, four versions delivering between 75 kW / 102 HP and 130 kW / 177 HP are available, based on a standard two-litre engine. This means that three engine variants each (with overlaps) are available for rear-wheel and front-wheel drive. For the all-wheel drive version of the new MAN TGE, there are two power output options available.
- Latest generation of diesel engines
- Front-wheel, rear-wheel and all-wheel drive
- Manual or automatic gearbox
- Electromechanical steering
The MAN TGE is powered by a completely new generation of diesel engines which made their debut just over a year ago in the successful and world-renowned Volkswagen Transporter, and thus once again stand for reliability and long service life. Furthermore, the turbo-charged four-cylinder with intercooler has been specially developed to meet the heavy and varied demands placed on light commercial vehicles (not least in terms of journey length). Priority was given to making the vehicles as economic and robust as possible, with a construction designed for minimum mileages of several hundred thousand. The MAN TGE makes a virtue of these characteristics by setting new records both economically and ecologically. The 1,968 cm3 diesel engines come in four different versions: 75 kW / 102 HP, 90 kW / 122 HP, 103 kW / 140 HP and 130 kW / 177 HP, delivering torques of 280 Nm, 300 Nm, 340 Nm and 410 Nm respectively. They consume between 6.7 and 7.0 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres, making them the vehicles with the lowest consumption levels in the segment. Resulting CO2 emissions range between 175 and 184 g/km. Exhaust gas cleaning in accordance with Euro 6 is achieved by means of an SCR catalytic converter which draws AdBlue from an 18-litre tank. Around 0.15 litres of the reactant is consumed on average per 100 kilometres.
Depending on the intended use of the vehicle, customers can choose between three different drive systems. First on the list is a front-wheel drive option, which is standard issue in this segment. Compared to the real-wheel drive version, the load compartment floor is around 100 mm lower, resulting in a lower loading sill and thus offering the largest loading volume in the entire MAN TGE series of around 18 m3. Another advantage is the compact drive unit of the transverse engine and gearbox, which lowers the tear weight and thus increases the maximum achievable payload for chassis of this type. The front-wheel drive version boasts a maximum gross weight between 3.0 and 4.0 tonnes.
The same can be said for the all-wheel drive version: due to the identical design of the forebody, the maximum gross weight again sums up to 4.0 tonnes, allowing the van to carry payloads of around 1.35 tonnes. The advantages of the 4x4 in terms of traction are obvious. The all-wheel drive is ideally suited for applications that require work to be carried out off the beaten track, or for countries or regions with mountainous ascents and descents or heavy winter snowfalls.
The rear-wheel drive versions are built to handle heavy loads. Unlike the other vehicles in the series, their maximum gross weights range from 3.5 to 5.5 tonnes, a figure achieved due to its conventional drive design with longitudinal engine and gearbox. The real-wheel drive ensures superior handling of load distribution, which makes them particularly suitable as a tractor vehicle in operation with trailers. The 3.5-tonne vehicles distribute power using an open differential with single tyres, whereas the heavier 5.5-tonne vehicles have twin tyres to ensure adequate traction with less surface pressure. This is a particular advantage on loose and unpaved surfaces. Finely tuned axle ratios also ensure ideal power delivery regardless of the gross train weight.
Depending on engine type, customers can choose between a six-gear manual gearbox or an eight-gear automatic gearbox. The high number of gears allows for smaller transmission steps, which has a distinctly positive effect on consumption and handling - the large transmission-ratio spread means that the diesel engine delivers exceptional efficiency at all revs without losing pulling power. The eighth gear was designed as a low-rev, fuel-saving overdrive gear, while the shortened first gear facilitates moving off with full loads or in operation with trailers. Both gearboxes can also be used in combination with the all-wheel drive version and a differential lock is available as an optional extra for the rear-wheel drive vehicles. A mechanical PTO with an output of up to 40 kW can be used in connection with the longitudinal gearbox of the rear-wheel driven MAN TGE (see also Bodies and Equipment).
The chassis of the new MAN TGE with its independent wheel suspension at the front (McPherson struts) and rigid rear axle with leaf springs is yet to meet its match in the transporter segment. Safe and easy handling and outstanding car-like driving characteristics were top of the list of priorities at all times during development. As a result, the front-wheel, all-wheel and rear-wheel drive versions of the MAN TGE are all remarkable in terms of their dynamics and driving stability, even at maximum load. A variety of progressive spring characteristics and leaf spring bearings (up to three), stabilisers on both axles and a high-rigidity frame and bodywork also make the vehicles safer to handle. The single-tyre model has a wheel size of 235/65 16 C, while the twin-tyre model has a wheel size of 205/75 16 C. Other tyre and rim sizes can also be ordered upon request.
The vehicles feature electromechanical steering, which imparts extraordinarily agile handling and is a prerequisite for many different safety and comfort functions in various driver assistance systems. Active steering intervention, as used in self-parking systems, is just one example of a feature which requires the steering system to be decoupled from the engine. Electromechanical steering also consumes less energy than conventional systems in which the servo pump is running continuously, thus saving fuel and reducing CO2 emissions. The front-wheel drive version boasts an outstanding 13.6 m turning circle with a wheelbase of 3,638 mm.
Powerful design and ultimate comfort - the workplace in the MAN TGE
The new MAN TGE sets maximum design standards in the light commercial vehicle segment. Although functionality and cost effectiveness were a priority in the development process, the design of the chassis is not lacking in dynamics and elegance, without forfeiting robustness and strength. Concave surfaces effortlessly give way to convex surfaces, combined with clearly defined lines to produce a contemporary and exclusive look.
- Well-balanced design
- Ergonomic driver's workplace
The masculine appearance of the front is counterbalanced by the harmonious outlines of the new MAN TGE. Even the name TGE (Trucknology Generation Express) reflects the successful symbiosis of functionality and appearance. Despite its primary intended purpose being the transport of goods, the dynamic lines of the chassis with a cd value of 0.33 evoke impressions of agility and speed combined with low consumption. The eye-catching radiator grille and trapezoidal headlights (optionally with LEDs) not only embody the MAN identity, but also translate the Express theme into the resilient and powerful design vocabulary of a commercial vehicle. Furthermore, the engine power and gross train weight of the MAN TGE clearly marks its relation to its big brothers.
This is also true for the driver's workplace of the TGE, with ergonomic functionality being the highest design priority. All of the switches and control elements are within comfortable reach of the driver's seat, making it easy to handle the demands of a busy working day. Not only does this promote a high level of comfort but also contributes to the overall safety, since only well-rested and relaxed drivers can respond quickly to sudden emergencies.
Driver and passenger compartment
Getting into the driver and passenger compartment couldn't be easier. The large door opening and multiple angles at which the door can be held open mean that the actual ascent into the cab is free from obstacles. The multi-stage door check has been deliberately designed to ensure that all drivers, no matter how tall, can easily reach the door handle from the driver's seat. Overall, the cab offers an abundance of space and room for movement, even if the driver is accompanied by one or two passengers.
Behind the steering wheel of the TGE lies anything but the standard workplace of a commercial vehicle. Contributing to this is the driver's seat which is available in four different versions. Its special padding and shape provides secure lateral support as well as high levels of comfort for long-distance driving. Anti-wear seat covers which have already proven their worth in other MAN trucks guarantee durability. The first upgrade from the Standard seat is the Comfort seat. In addition to the usual seat adjustment options, it offers lumbar support, adjustable height and angle for the seat cushion as well as an armrest towards the middle of the vehicle. The Comfort Plus seat offers an extra armrest towards the outer side of the vehicle and a more extensively adjustable electric lumbar support. The ultimate in sitting comfort is delivered by the most exclusive seat configuration available, shaped by our years of experience in the truck industry. In addition to all the adjustment features mentioned above, Comfort Top seats feature air suspension and optionally available seat heating. A two-seater bench for the passenger side is available upon request and can optionally be supplied in a Comfort version including a footlocker and folding backrest. The latter also features a cup holder and a small tray on the back to accommodate snacks en route.
The sitting position in the new MAN TGE leaves nothing to be desired in terms of ergonomics and posture. This is achieved in particular by the steeply angled, easy-grip multi-spoke steering wheel, which can be adjusted vertically as well as axially. A steering wheel with multifunction buttons is available as an optional extra, allowing various electrical devices and communication media such as the radio, navigation system and hands-free system to be operated and turned on and off without letting go of the steering wheel. In addition, a heated steering wheel is also available for particularly cold countries. The drop arms allow for intuitive operation of various functions, including the indicator, windscreen wiper (on/off and intervals) and dipped headlights. Drivers will find it particularly convenient that they just need to tap the indicator stalk lightly in order to make the indicators flash three times. The on and off switch for the headlights is located to the left of the steering column, while the switch for the beam regulator is located to the right. The narrow A-columns and the ideally dimensioned exterior mirrors with extra blind spot mirrors provide the driver with an excellent all-round view.
The large, easy-to-read and elegantly formed circular instruments are typical of MAN vehicles. An each generously sized speedometer and tachometer and two integrated fuel and coolant temperature displays ensure that the driver is always kept up-to-date about the status of the vehicle. Information such as distance travelled, time, range or outside temperature, as well as graphical information for the various driver assistance systems is shown on a central display which is fitted between the two dials as series standard.
The distinctive and attractive flair also continues in the rest of the cab. Premium quality, soft-touch materials are used for all of the panels. The cab roof lining creates a homely atmosphere, while at the same time providing effective insulation against outdoor temperatures and sounds. The distinctive design of the horizontally partitioned instrument panel, which also continues in the door liners, and the central clustering of the infotainment system in the subtly shaped middle console emphasize the high-quality and no-nonsense character of the MAN TGE. The controls for the various audio systems and the heating, ventilation and optional air-conditioning systems take centre stage. All of the operating elements impress with their user-oriented design, functionality and haptic properties.
The fact that customers can configure vehicles to their precise specifications puts MAN far ahead of the competition. In practical terms this means that the basic factory version of the vehicle includes only what is absolutely necessary and expected as standard for a vehicle of this class nowadays. All other features can be added as individual orders or packages, ensuring that every vehicle achieves the best possible TCO for its owner. However, even the standard version of the MAN TGE driver's cab provides everything you need for a safe, relaxed and stress-free driving experience, including not only remote controlled central locking, but also electric windows and thermal glazing. It goes without saying that coat hooks, cup holders and a wide range of compartments for everyday essentials, as well as 12-volt sockets with and without cigarette lighters, are fitted in each vehicle as a matter of course. Digital tachographs are also fitted as standard in vehicles with a maximum gross weight exceeding 3.5 tonnes.
Storage and stowage space
The storage concept in the MAN TGE is a textbook example of how design can be used to meet the overarching goal of making life easier for the driver of a commercial vehicle. Whether we're talking about work equipment, such as yardsticks or other tools, travel documents such as maps and freight papers, or drinks and snacks for the road - the MAN TGE has space for everything and everything has its place. Upon first opening the doors, the view falls on generously sized door compartments that can accommodate 1.5 litre drinks bottles, folders and road maps and are easily accessible before even entering the vehicle. Also stored inside the doors are the first aid kit and warning triangle. The vehicle tool kit is located in a space-saving but easy-to-access compartment under the floor panel in the passenger footwell.
The surfaces of the instrument panel are also consequently used for the incorporation of various storage options. Large open compartments are positioned on the driver side as well as the passenger side and in the centre. The upper compartment is partitioned by a cup holder on the left as well as on the right and a standard 12 V socket enhances the functionality of the storage compartment on the driver side as part of the series standard. On another level below the instrument panel are an additional two cup holders at the height of the corresponding A-columns, a yardstick holder and a tray for small parts, as well as an optional 12 V socket on the driver's side.
An ashtray and an additional 12 V connection are located on the centre console to the right of the gearstick. The glove compartment in the passenger footwell comes with an optional lock and opens downwards. The opening mechanism is positioned on the left-hand side so that it can also be reached by the driver. This compartment is also large enough to hold a 1.5 litre drinks bottle, and if the vehicle is fitted with an air-conditioning system, it has its own air outlet nozzle so that it can be kept cool.
The well thought-out storage concept of the MAN TGE also becomes evident in the generously proportioned storage spaces above the windscreen. They can accommodate large items weighing up to several kilograms and even A4 folders. A slight forward incline and a sturdy edge with a height of around 3 cm stops items from falling out when the vehicle accelerates. The fasteners of the roof storage simultaneously serve as solid hand grips, whereas the centre is dominated by an integrated roof console which houses the interior lighting with additional reading lamps and the associated push buttons. Depending on the vehicle configuration, it also accommodates various other functions such as a glasses holder and switches for operating optional features.
The crew cab version of the MAN TGE merits particular attention. The crew cab is available in a six or seven seat variety with four doors as series standard (rear doors with vent windows) and comes in both wheel base sizes. The passenger compartment is generally equipped with a four-seat bench. Three-point seat belts, height-adjustable headrests and a large and highly functional storage area below the bench are fitted as standard, together with two coat hooks. An additional heater unit below the co-driver's seat supplies extra warm air to the passenger compartment.
Industry solutions of all shapes and sizes – the versatility of the MAN TGE
The new MAN TGE is a versatile light commercial vehicle with the right body type for almost any transport task. Across a total of three vehicle lengths and the same amount of variable roof heights, the TGE comes in five gross weight ratings: 3.0, 3.5, 3.88, 4.0 and 5.5 tonnes. Together with the available axle ratios and different drive systems (rear-wheel, all-wheel and front-wheel drive), a multi-dimensional portfolio is created from which different industries can select their own bespoke MAN TGE.
- Three-way tipper
- CEP vehicle
- Service vehicle for motorcycle racing
- Vans to Go – industry vehicles built to order
The multifaceted character of the MAN TGE already shows in its various available body types. They include the traditional closed delivery van with a normal, high and extra high roof which provides an impressive total volume of up to 18.4 cubic metres. This tallest MAN TGE model comes to a height of 2.8 metres and is available in lengths of 5.98 metres, 6.83 metres and 7.39 metres. Vehicles from the utility wagon range are slightly smaller, available exclusively with a normal or high roof, meaning that these MAN TGEs measure either 2.35 metres or 2.59 metres in height. The closed single-tyre bodies measure 2.04 metres in width, excluding exterior mirrors. The range of basic models is completed by a variety of chassis in single- or crew cab versions. Upon request, they can be fitted with an aluminium flatbed, a tarpaulin and roof bows as standard. A back-to-back cab model will also be available in future.
Depending on the installed fittings and the gross weight rating, the MAN TGE is able to handle a considerable payload. For example a 3.5-tonne closed delivery van with a short wheelbase and normal-height roof can shoulder an impressive 1.5 tonnes. For heavier models, this number increases even further, with the load bearing capacity of the single-cab chassis weighing in at around 3 tonnes. However, even the closed delivery van offers an impressive loading volume. Depending on the drive system, its capacity ranges from 9.3 to a load-hungry 18.4 cubic metres, covering a host of different transport needs. Depending on the body length, the floor space in the hold of the new MAN TGE can accommodate objects measuring between 3.45 and 4.85 metres, whilst at the same time ensuring easy access. The high-roof and extra-high-roof models, which offer a height of 1.96 metres and 2.19 metres respectively, provide comfortable headroom. The model with a normal height roof is the only one with a slightly lower ceiling, still offering a standing height of 1.72 metres.
With its range of possible tonnages and spacious dimensions, the MAN TGE is also suitable for companies that have previously relied on 7.5-tonne trucks. Here the MAN heavy goods transporter particularly impresses with its comfortable and ergonomic driver's cab as well as lower purchase and operating costs. Not to forget: depending on the gross weight rating, driving restrictions at certain times of the day and general speed restrictions become obsolete. In addition, the TGE is comparatively easy to load. The clear loading width of the sliding door measures a good 1.3 metres, meaning that two adjacent euro-pallets can be loaded lengthwise at the same time.
The two rear doors also allow generous access to the hold, with a standard fitted handle on the right-hand D-post facilitating entry for the driver. In models with a high or extra high roof, the aperture height of the tailgate measures a respectable 1.84 metres. In addition to the standard sliding door on the right-hand side, the vehicle can also be fitted with a sliding door on the left upon request. The rear doors are optionally available with 250 degree opening which allows for easier loading and unloading on ramps and in tight spaces. Another convenient feature is the large load-through width between the wheel housings, measuring 1.38 metres in single-tyre models and 1.03 metres in twin-tyre models. This means that there is not only ample space for loading, but also for a variety of fixtures and fittings.
The hold or loading bed of the MAN TGE can be fitted with a variety of different flooring options. Upon request, utility wagon models are available with synthetic rubber flooring, whilst the closed delivery van range can be equipped with multi-ply plywood flooring with anti-slip screen-printed surface. This flooring is fixed to the vehicle with bolts, meaning that it can be easily removed for replacement or during the installation of specific equipment. Total flexibility is provided by the optionally available universal flooring which contains special connection points suitable to accommodate cabinet units from major manufacturers. This means that a variety of additional units can be installed and existing storage systems can be used in multiple ways. Optional built-in longitudinal and transverse rails as well as lashing rails at sill height and below the roof frame enable versatile and easy securing of loads. The hold comes with LED lighting as standard.
Depending on the model and engine type, a towing capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes is possible. The maximum permissible gross train weight amounts to 8 tonnes. Suitable to their field of application, every MAN TGE is ready equipped for the installation of a trailer coupling. This means that cost-efficient retrofitting is possible at any time, whether with a ball-and-socket or bar coupling. The roof of the TGE offers ample room for additional cargo, with the maximum possible load amounting to 300 kilograms for models with normal roof height and 150 kilograms for models with high roof. The roof load capacity for single and crew cab versions comes to 100 kilograms.
Special bodies and attachments
MAN has long made it a tradition to closely collaborate with body manufacturers and producers of various attachments. Since standard features of commercial vehicles often do not fulfil all necessary customer requirements, a large proportion of all transporter vans are sent for customisation after purchase. Only then do they become suitable for their specific application in industries such as construction, municipal operations, logistics or emergency services. With the introduction of the MAN TGE, MAN is now significantly simplifying this procedure from a customer perspective. The TGE presents a comprehensive solution from MAN: one sales negotiation, one financing offer and one sales contract – everything locally and from a single source.
The company is currently working with leading vehicle body manufacturers to draw up plans for bespoke industry solutions for tippers, transportation cases, refrigerated vehicles and mobile workshop vehicles. In addition to the basic vehicles, a chassis with a driver's cabin, a crew cab or a bulkhead cab without rear wall will also be available. For industry-specific chassis, MAN also offers the TGE as a back-to-back cab only.
The MAN TGE is offered with a large range of power take-offs to suit its different intended purposes. For example, two autonomous auxiliary units such as a hydraulic pump and a power generator or air-conditioning compressor can simultaneously be powered by the engine. The durability of the poly-v belt required for this purpose is adjusted to the service life of the engine. In rear-wheel drive models, it is possible to connect a side PTO (power take off) system to the manually operated gearbox (ML 410). Its maximum continuous power stands at 28 kW (38 HP). Even more power can be realised in conjunction with an oil cooling system, in which case up to 40 kW (54 HP) are achievable at around 2300 rpm.
Thanks to the CAN databus technology that ensures information exchange between the control units, the MAN TGE offers an electronic interface (Commercial Vehicle Gateway) which allows body manufacturers to customise fixed settings for various control functions of the vehicle. In the case of a three-way tipper, the following features could for example be automatically initiated at the beginning of the unloading process: activation of the hazard lights and the warning signal for surrounding traffic, adjustment of the idling speed of the engine, muting of the radio and reduction of the top speed to walking pace. In addition, the driver can also launch and control certain vehicle functions, such as tipping, using their “own” smartphone. This primarily eliminates the need for costly retrofitting of specific operating components in the cockpit.
Parallel to the numerous body solutions on display, MAN has also developed the new sales module 'Vans to Go' for the transporter van sector: The concept involves bespoke industry vehicles fitted with MAN-certified bodies and attachments available for ‘instant sale’. The underlying idea is that since the vehicle is readily available, the customer can immediately fulfil their original order (in theory 48 hours from receipt of the order to delivery of the product). In addition, the customer no longer has to undertake time-consuming configurations for additional options. These industry vehicles ensure that all the equipment features required for immediate deployment are already built in as standard, meaning that only a small amount of customisation is required by the trader on-site or at the depot. The 'Vans to Go' vehicles will be marketed almost Europe-wide via a dedicated internet platform. Additional bespoke solutions will continue to be developed in close collaboration with MAN-certified body manufacturers.
Thanks to the various different wheelbases and overhangs, the available chassis types allow for bodies with a length of up to 3.7 metres (crew cab) and 4.5 metres (single cab). The wide track and standard fitting of all models with ESP (electronic stability programme) and load sensing lay the foundations for an even higher degree of safety when driving. This is also ensured by the axle-load reserves, which are able to compensate for unevenly distributed loads.
Safety at the workplace – assistance systems in the MAN TGE
A wide range of driver assistance systems helps promote the safety of all road users in the ever increasing density of urban traffic. However, goods transport on motorways is also likely to see a substantial rise in the coming years. MAN has equipped the TGE with numerous assistance systems that not only significantly facilitate driving and steering but also help to effectively monitor the surroundings of the vehicle, thereby reducing the strain on the driver. By including Emergency Brake Assist as a standard feature, MAN is setting a benchmark in the field of safety.
- Emergency Brake Assist fitted as standard
EBA (Emergency Brake Assist)
With the introduction of the EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) as standard, MAN makes an essential contribution to traffic safety. Distance sensors serve to check critical distances from the vehicle ahead and help to shorten the stopping distance. Depending on the circumstances, the system responds to critical braking situations in two stages: during the first stage, the assistance system uses acoustic and optical signals to warn the driver of preceding vehicles braking abruptly or driving slowly, thereby alerting them to the potential risk of collision. At the same time, the vehicle is 'prepared' to initiate emergency braking. The brake pads are positioned against the brake discs, but without the vehicle decelerating at this stage. In addition, the sensitivity of the response behaviour of the Hydraulic Brake Assist system is increased.
If the driver does not react to the warning, the second stage begins with one short actuation of the brakes to alert the driver to the risk of rear-end collision. At the same time, the sensitivity of the response behaviour of the Brake Assist system is further increased. This means that full brake output is instantly available if the driver steps on the brake. Should the vehicle not brake hard enough, the Emergency Brake Assist system increases the brake pressure to the level that is required for the vehicle to come to a halt before reaching the obstacle.
In addition, the integrated City Emergency Brake function automatically brakes the vehicle at low speeds, thereby reducing one of the most frequent causes of accidents, minimizing downtime and repair costs, and increasing the residual value.
Rear Traffic Alert
Especially when driving vehicles with a long body, reverse parking in areas with a constant flow of traffic often requires a slow, patient and cautious approach, ideally with the help of another passenger. Within the scope of the system, the parking assistant now supports the driver by monitoring the space on each side of the rear of the vehicle using sensors installed in the rear bumper. If another vehicle starts drawing too close, the driver is warned by an acoustic signal. If the driver does not react to the signal, the system attempts to avoid a collision by issuing a series of braking interventions.
Blind Spot Detection system
In conjunction with the Blind Spot Detection system, the Side Assist system informs the driver of objects within the critical zone via an LED display in the exterior mirror at speeds over 15 km/h. In case of a potential hazard, the system displays a steady light in the relevant exterior mirror to alert the driver’s attention. If the driver still indicates to change lanes, the LED signal becomes brighter and starts flashing to make the driver aware of the hazard. The Flank Protection Assistant works in conjunction with the ParkPilot, the basic version of which issues acoustic signals to warn of obstacles in front of and behind the vehicle. The Flank Protection Assistant additionally also monitors the immediate lateral vicinity of the vehicle at low speeds and thus helps to prevent minor damages.
Parking or reversing using the rear-view mirror is not for everyone. The same applies to finding a suitable parking space. Now both of these tasks can be accomplished by the Park Assist system. This system automatically manoeuvres the vehicle into parallel and bay parking spaces by executing optimal steering movements without the help of the driver. In addition, it can also autonomously steer the vehicle back out of parallel parking spaces in the same way. The Park Assist system also measures the dimensions of the parking space and determines the necessary starting position – all the driver has to do is accelerate and brake. He does, however, remain in full control of the vehicle at all times.
Trailer Assist system
Reversing or even manoeuvring with a trailer can test the patience of unpractised drivers as well as other road users. The critical steering points at which the trailer responds exactly as the driver intends are easily missed and the inverted view in the rear-view mirror makes it even harder to manoeuvre correctly. It quickly becomes evident that the key factor in precise reversing is the steering angle. The Trailer Assist system takes over the steering if required. The driver simply has to put the vehicle into reverse gear, press the Park Assist button and indicate the direction in which the trailer needs to move via the mirror adjustment. The vehicle then steers itself automatically, whilst the driver remains responsible for changing gear, accelerating and braking.
The MAN TGE comes equipped with electromechanical power steering. Compared to hydraulic power steering systems, the advantage of this system is that it only uses energy when it is actually required by the driver. Apart from allowing for a substantial reduction in fuel consumption, this system also offers new comfort and safety functions. For example, the steering system compensates for counter-steering movements made by the driver due to strong crosswinds or cambered roads. In addition, the active reset function and the precise steering response in the central position allow for less steering corrections to be made and increase the sense of security for the driver. Assistance functions such as Trailer Assist also rely on this system. Moreover, the individual adjustment of the steering assist system to the engine specifications and equipment of the vehicle in which it is installed ensures comfortable steering.
Adaptive Cruise Control system (ACC)
Increased comfort during long motorway drives is provided by the Adaptive Cruise Control system (ACC). The system constantly monitors the area in front of the vehicle when travelling in lines of traffic and helps to create a save and relaxed driving experience. This is achieved by a sensor at the front of the vehicle that constantly measures the distance and relative speed to the preceding vehicle. All the driver has to do is set the desired following distance and speed using the buttons on the multifunction steering wheel and the vehicle will keep an almost constant distance to the one in front. A comparison between the actual and desired distance can also be provided on the multifunction display as an option. Of course, the driver can override the ACC system at any time by accelerating, braking or using the clutch. If the ACC system is installed in vehicles with automatic gearbox, it can slow down the vehicle right up to a complete stop when driving in convoys or encountering traffic jams.
The active Lane Assist helps to avoid accidents within the system limits at speeds of over 65 km/h. To do so, it issues an optical warning to prevent the driver from accidentally leaving the lane. In some vehicles, this is also supported by a signal via the steering wheel. In addition, the Lane Assist system provides gentle and continuous counter steering. The system works via a camera that identifies lane markings, regardless of how many there are or whether they are intermittent or continuous. It even recognises lane markings in the dark or in fog. However, the system cannot function if there are no visible lane markings at all. The Lane Assist system will also not function if the indicator is activated before a lane marking is crossed. The driver can easily override the active Lane Assist system at any time and it does not relieve him of the responsibility to pay appropriate attention while driving.
Emergency Assist system
The Emergency Assist system helps the driver in suddenly occurring hazardous situations. It monitors the constant interaction between the automatic distance control system of the ACC and the active Lane Assist system and thus obtains information about the behaviour of the driver, such as acceleration, braking and steering. If there is no reaction from the driver, the system issues a series of continuous brake actuations to prompt the driver to take over the steering and automatically slows down the vehicle. Emergency Assist also warns other road users by activating the hazard lights and performing slight steering movements.
Uncontrolled subsequent collisions are the primary cause of almost a quarter of all accidents resulting in personal injury. The Multi-Collision Brake attempts to prevent this from happening. If the driver is no longer able to brake on his own after a collision, it automatically initiates braking action within the system limits as part of an integrated safety device. This can prevent subsequent collisions with other obstacles or road users. The Multi-Collision Brake is activated when two separate sensors recognise that an accident has occurred. However, the driver can regain control of the vehicle at any time.
Fatigue Detection system
The Fatigue Detection system should be regarded as a purely preventative measure. It analyses and evaluates the driver's steering behaviour in relation to the length of the trip, the time of day and the light conditions. Upon detection of unusual behaviour, an acoustic warning signal and a symbol appearing on the multifunction display prompt the driver to stop for a break.
Sign Assist system
The Sign Assist system provides information about speed limits and areas in which overtaking is prohibited. The system uses a camera to identify road signs present in the surrounding traffic. Up to three different symbols can be captured and shown on the multifunction display and/or on the screen of the satellite navigation device. The 'most important' and therefore immediately applicable symbol is always displayed first. Subsequently relevant symbols are displayed on the right-hand side next to it.
Light Assist system
The Light Assist system provides comfort and safety while driving by automatically switching the vehicle's headlights between full and dipped beam. The system switches to full beam at speeds of over 60 km/h and in total darkness, whereas it automatically dips the headlights again upon detecting oncoming vehicles or vehicles ahead to prevent other drivers from being dazzled.
Fleet management solution
And that’s not all: round-the-clock service and full knowledge of the vehicle are increasingly becoming parameters that determine the success of a company. Highest profits can only be achieved if a company is aware of the whereabouts and the condition of their work equipment at any given time. A new fleet management solution which is unique in the entire van sector will in future collect and prepare all relevant data and make it available via various digital services. These added value services are available ex works or as retrofits and can provide information regarding maintenance status as well as the overall availability of the fleet.