Telematics now available on MAN TopUsed trucks 06 May 2014

Since 1 May, buyers of MAN Truck & Bus UK TopUsed trucks will have access to the vehicles' built-in telematics system, including its MAN EcoStyle driver and vehicle performance reporting package.

"I believe this is the first formal offering from any manufacturer in the UK to put telematics into the hands of the used vehicle operator," comments Rael Winetroube, head of MAN TopUsed.

Winetroube says that MAN TopUsed operators are increasingly seeking the same levels of fleet management information as new truck users. "Now, for just £22 a month, they can."

Operators taking this route can also take advantage of MAN Financial Services' new lower-cost insurance programme, designed for MAN customers taking MAN Fleet Management technologies.

"There have been tremendous advances in telematics and forward facing cameras, and usage among our operators means we are now able to offer some of the very best insurance policies," explains MAN Financial Services CEO Peter Collins.

"Key to all this is that insurance companies seem to be recognising the potential value, both to them and their customers, of the incident and accident analytics delivered by these systems."

MAN Fleet Management was introduced more than three years ago as a standard fitment on all new MAN trucks acquired with MAN R&M packages in the UK.

Take-up has been high, with usage levels rising to 60% of MAN trucks registered in the last year alone.

"From an MAN TopUsed perspective," says Winetroube, "the availability of the system in carefully-monitored fleet vehicles returning at the end of their often short first-user life – not least from our own MAN Rental fleet – means we have growing numbers of top-quality, telematics-equipped vehicles coming into our stocks."

And he adds: "Used vehicle operators pay the same for their fuel and maintenance as new vehicle users. So giving them the same opportunities to monitor performance of both driver and vehicle makes absolute sense."

Brian Tinham

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