The latest additions to enter the temperature-controlled distribution specialist’s fleet are both new generation MAN TGX 26.470 6x2 tractors, featuring GM cabs. They have been supplied by MAN’s direct sales function. PDI and preparation was carried out by MAN Truck & Bus Nuneaton.
Paul Marrow, operations director at Samworth Brothers Supply Chain, said: “We have a number of older generation MAN Trucks on the fleet and over time these have served us well. The new generation TGX demonstrator proved very interesting indeed, it easily met our expectations and lived up to the positive comments we’ve seen in the press and heard from other operators.”
Joining a fleet of circa 122 units and 240 trailers within the Samworth Brothers Supply Chain network, the new TGX’s will operate seven days a week, 24 hours a day, on nationwide distribution work, much of which involves pulling double-deck trailers, travelling the length and breadth of the country, delivering products to customers.
The Samworth Brothers new trucks are both powered by MAN’s latest generation 12.4 litre, six-cylinder, 464bhp engines.
Marrow continued: “In road transport economy plays a huge factor in our fleet replacement decision-making process. In the short time we’ve had our new MAN vehicles we’ve been impressed with their performance, they are bedding in nicely and week on week we’re seeing an improvement in performance. One of our business’ core values is to both deliver and champion environmental best practices, so we take our sustainability responsibilities very seriously. All our vehicles are individually monitored by telematics which, with the help of regular driver training sessions and best practice driver vehicle familiarisation courses,we deliver continual improvements through reducing our CO2 emissions.”
Both of the new vehicles have been specified with and feature MAN’s latest comprehensive Efficiency Package (EL3) which includes MAN Efficient Cruise 3, MAN Efficient Roll, MAN Idle speed driving and Engine idle shutdown.
Marrow added: “With a high level of car like comfort driver acceptance is good, as is the high level of technology in terms of both driver safety and assistance aids. Fitted with Lane Departure Warning, Emergency Brake Assist and Electronic Stability Program we know these vehicles are suitably specified to ensure our drivers have a relaxing and safe environment throughout the working week.”
Also included are safety systems including EBA, ESP, ASR and LGS. Also included in the specification is the MAN Safety Pack, driver’s airbag, Turn Assist and ACC (Adaptive Cruse Control) Stop & Go.