MAN Highlights at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2012

Here comes Euro VI – but not at the price of efficiency. The new MAN TGS and TGX

In its Euro VI trucks and buses MAN implements an efficient mix of demand- controlled exhaust gas recirculation and exhaust after-treatment with SCRT1 . The central Euro VI components engine-wise are common-rail injection, cooled and controlled exhaust gas recirculation, two-stage turbocharging and exhaust after-treatment through an SCR2  system with integrated oxidation catalytic converter plus CRT3  filter. Electronic sensors permanently monitor absorption capacity of the particulate filter to control regeneration.

What MAN engineers aimed for in development ready for Euro VI was a further reduction of fuel consumption for the same performance, space-optimized packaging of the exhaust purification components, maintaining the familiar payload advantages of MAN commercial vehicles together with maximum reliability and ease of servicing. The result is impressive. The best-of-class figures for fuel consumption of the MAN TG trucks in Euro V/EEV, determined by independent trade magazines, are even bettered by their Euro VI follow-ups,

with a substantial drop in AdBlue®  consumption. The weight of the Euro VI system stays so low that the attractive payload benefits of TG trucks take an even bigger lead over the competition.

The successful MAN TGX EfficientLine remains a veritable champion fuel-saver in Euro VI. MAN was the first producer to market a truck of this kind, designed front to end for efficiency, and imitated many times since. The fuel saving of as much as three liters compared to a standard semitrailer tractor is maintained for Euro VI. Now new onboard the TGX EfficientLine is a standard outfit with MAN TeleMatics®. The hardware comes ready installed, and the first 500 customers can test the software for free for four months to experience the advantages of this efficient fleet management.

In a class of their own – MAN TGL and TGM with new interior

A special highlight are the new MAN TGL and TGM with fully restyled cab interior. Brushed aluminium trims, surfaces of grained plastic and satin chromed door handles all contribute to the premium appearance of the TG family. The new instrument panel embodies functionality and ease of operation, uncluttered and with clear lines. Heating/climate control comes with new operating elements and display. Rocker switches are also newly designed, the symbols finely illuminated for speedy, safe and sure recognition in the dark. A variety of compartments offer ample stowage space. In the centre console below the ventilation slots, two rubber surfaced trays, generously sized, will securely hold items of frequent use. Optionally, stowage space can be enlarged by drawers. The glasses compartment with pen-holder beneath the radio has a locking flap. As a further option the door module can be fitted with trays under the arm-rests.

Innovative, automatic air-conditioning makes sure drivers keep their cool when the going gets hot. Ventilation with optimized air flow and reduced outlet noise creates more effective climate control overall. Distribution of the air is also improved, with no annoyance caused by draughts.

Lion to the fore – MAN trucks and buses with new product logo Accompanying the launch of the new TG series at IAA 2012, MAN Truck & Bus is at the same time modernizing the visual identity of its brand. Adepts and fans of the MAN brand will immediately recognize the remodelling of the product logo

– after all the word/image presentation with the three letters MAN surmounting a lion has been established for years now. The MAN product logo was continuously restyled in the past to accentuate social trends, innovations in technology or corporate developments. By redesigning its logo, MAN aims to reflect the dynamism of global developments and new international challenges for commercial vehicle producers, lending a pronounced visual identity to efficiency, customer service and enthusiasm for the product – the values the brand stands for. The focus is the lion, the world-famous sign of tradition and a symbol of the strength of MAN Truck & Bus, here in a significantly modified revaluation. The image is removed from the frame to take up a new, prominent position above the wording. Together with this "elevation" the silhouette of the lion becomes more dynamic. It radiates agility and strength as a valuable asset in the design of today`s MAN vehicles. Integrated as a noble embossment in the upper  chrome  trim  of  the  radiator  grille  it  conveys  emotionality,  value, substance. The corporate and brand name MAN also benefits from the new styling of the logo and the departure from the traditional word/image bond. Slightly enlarged and placed in the middle of the radiator grille, the letters MAN are even better visible – a brand word reflecting the self-assurance of the company and its people, the individual character of its products and services. The new product logo is due to front all MAN trucks and buses.

Best practise – the new MAN Lion`s Coach EfficientLine

MAN is continuing the successful concept of the TGX EfficientLine in the excursion  coach  –  premiering  at  IAA  2012  is  the  MAN  Lion`s  Coach EfficientLine. The coach offers passengers exclusive comfort and maximum safety, but is even more economical on costly fuel. A perfect combination of efficient technology, driver training and selected services – that is the recipe for the success of the MAN Lion`s Coach EfficientLine. The coach comes fitted with the  most  efficient  drive  train  configuration:  440  hp  D2676  engine,  MAN TipMatic®, coach and eco-hypoid driven axle. Also contributing to fuel saving is

standard equipment that includes tyre pressure monitoring and tyres with low rolling  resistance  on  aluminium  rims.  The  price  of  the  vehicle  includes instruction by MAN ProfiDrive®  to teach drivers how to work their coach and save fuel. To cut cost of ownership there is also an extended warranty on the drive train, which comes to standard for the Lion`s Coach EfficientLine.

Double role in the premium segment – the new NEOPLAN Jetliner

A special IAA highlight this year comes from NEOPLAN: the Jetliner is a new premium bus that can serve as both a city bus and an excursion coach. It combines genuine excursion coach comfort with a large luggage compartment, presents excellent driving characteristics, besides offering high-grade material options for the interior. That makes the Jetliner a true NEOPLAN. Floor height of 1070 millimeters is a basis for its use in a double role. It offers every flexibility in the choice of seating, up to 8 m³ of space for luggage plus an entrance height highly suitable for operation as a city bus. For interior styling there is a large selection  of  high-grade  materials  for  seats  and  trim.  An  extensive  safety package is standard to ensure driving safety round the clock.

The name "Jetliner" has an almost 40-year tradition at NEOPLAN. This newly presented generation embodies the idea of the compact multi-purpose bus with the Sharp Cut design familiar from NEOPLAN top-of-the-range models. The Jetliner combines this with compact exterior dimensions, 3.40 meters vehicle height and a turning circle of 21 meters in the 12-meter variant. So old quarters of towns and cities with narrow streets and low gateways are hardly likely to inconvenience the Jetliner. This exceptional combination puts the Jetliner in a special class, offering the vehicle operator a very large measure of flexibility for the excursion and municipal transport segments.

Efficiency guaranteed – new in the MAN portfolio of services

MAN commercial vehicles are a dependable component in transport and haulage, mastering demanding tasks day by day – from international long haul to tough conditions on building sites. As part of its integral transport solutions MAN offers a broad range of services, reliably supporting the customer after investment in a vehicle. At the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2012, MAN will be introducing the new MAN Service Card in Germany, with VW Leasing GmbH as the card issuer. The fuel and service card, with its many functions, not only ensures mobility but also enhances transparency in fleet management and increases fleet efficiency. It serves as a universal means of payment, for instance, to simplify daily vehicle operations. Plus, customers benefit from attractive  terms  to  save  money  when  refuelling.  The  settlement  service,  in combination with the new online controlling and reporting system "fleetTrucks" ensures complete cost transparency for the entire fleet.

MAN TeleMatics®  is the efficient solution to fleet management and logistics, ensuring  economical  and  transparent  transport  processes  in  the  new  TG vehicles too. A major feature of MAN TeleMatics® software, vehicle operations analysis  or  FEA,  has  been  enhanced:  reporting  is  even  more  detailed, functionality  is  expanded  to  improve  fleet  management.  Take-me-with-you telematics are available from MAN too, with a new TeleMatics® app for iPhone and iPad. In that way essential functions can also be used on mobile terminals. The  rising  age  of  fleets  and  ecological  aspects  add  to  the  significance  of replacement parts in commercial vehicles. To meet the needs of this market, MAN  is  introducing  its  Genuine  Parts  ecoline  at  IAA  2012.  Spare  parts conditioned  to  MAN  genuine  parts  standards  go  easier  on  the  budgets  of vehicle operators as well as on the environment and valuable resources.

Super-silent and emission-free – the MAN Metropolis research vehicle

In the hybrid Metropolis research vehicle MAN is presenting an unusual truck at IAA 2012 that can handle heavy transport duties in the city without emissions and especially low-noise. Powered by regenerative current from the socket the Metropolis can work trips producing no carbon footprint at all. The means of energy storage, a modular lithium-ion battery, is mounted below the cab to guarantee maximum space for the body, optimum weight distribution and maximum safety. An efficient and low-noise passenger vehicle diesel engine from Volkswagen produces onboard power to demand and supports the ranging of the heavy truck. The research vehicle will go into practical use for two years starting at the end of this year.

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