MAN CLA trucks business booming in Asia and Africa 09 April 2010

MAN CLA says it's made a good start in 2010, with agreements already signed totalling 1,200 units, most for Indonesia, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, South Africa and Morocco.

Seems MAN has found a rich vein in these straightened times, focusing on the tougher end of' vehicle requirements, in the 15 to 26 tonnes gvw range, for the Asian and African markets, and manufacturing under a JV arrangement in India.

Following successful testing in southern Africa early in 2008, another 300 MAN CLA trucks have been shipped out this year. A further 350 three-axle MAN CLA 26.280 trucks are also destined for Indonesia for dump truck operations in the coal mining industry.

These 6x4 trucks, which have been fitted with sleeper cabs from the LE2000 range, are equipped with 6.9-litre 6-cylinder in-line D08 Euro 3 engines, delivering 280hp at 2,400 rpm and 1,100 Nm torque at 1,300—1,700 rpm, and matched to 6S-850 and 9S-1110 ZF gearboxes.

Their MAN AP axles and 20 and 22.5-inch tyres have been selected to cope with difficult terrains, including unpaved roads and steep slopes.

Meanwhile, MAN says an initial batch of 40 CLA trucks has also arrived in Vietnam (also in the 6x4 version with 280hp engine). By the end of this year there will be 420 CLAs operating in the country, some as chassis-cabs and others as dump trucks, and others again as concrete mixers and two-axle semi-trailer truck tractors.

As for Morocco, the 80 MAN CLA 4x2 chassis specified have a slightly less powerful engine – still the 6-cylinder in-line engine, but 220hp and Euro 2 – and are to be used as 4x2 semi-trailer truck tractors and 6x4 rigid tippers.

Brian Tinham

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