The first New Generation MAN to join the Hammond Transport fleet was supplied through MAN’s Direct Truck Sales function and was prepared and PDI’d by PCL Group, West Thurrock. The dealer also supplies service across the entire Hammond fleet of MAN vehicles, from 12 to 44 tonnes.
Managing director of Hammond Transport, Terry Hammond was among a group of UK operators who attended a New Truck Generation sneak preview event in Munich in October 2019, a pre-launch of the TG Truck range in February (2020) in Bilbao, Spain. This lead to a vehicle order being placed pre-production which means the vehicle wears a unique and limited edition “UK 1st Edition” badge. This unique badging will only apply to 50 pre-production UK vehicles.
The truck is powered by MAN’s Euro VI-D compliant 12.4-litre, in-line six-cylinder D26 engine, producing 503bhp. Driver Kevin Baker has been getting just over 11.2 mpg from his new truck, which puts it about a 2.2 mpg ahead of the company’s previous-generation TGX’s, confirmed Hammond.
Compared to the previous Euro6C models, the New Generation MAN TGX Euro6D trucks offer operators a fuel saving of up to 8% and an 80kg weight saving. It is equipped with MAN’s new friction-optimised hypoid drive axle (HY-1344) featuring an efficiency-optimised final drive ratio of i = 2.31. It is also fitted with MAN’s EfficientCruise, which enables the vehicle to self-calculate the surrounding topography and the optimum speed and gear switching strategy.
New and advanced safety assistance features fitted to the TGX include Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) which intervenes when there is a risk of a rear-end collision,Turn Assist, which uses advanced radar sensors to monitor the hard-to-see side area next to the vehicle on the co-driver’s side warning the driver of any danger, Lane Change Support (LCS) which uses radar sensors to monitor the side areas to the left and right of the lane of the truck, Lane Return Assist (LRA) which reliably keeps the vehicle in its lane at all times,ACC Stop&Go, which automatically controls the distance from the vehicle in front, even at low speeds from 0 to 15 km/h, MAN AttentionGuard, an optical warning system in the display that helps the driver direct their concentration onto what is happening on the road, High Beam Assist, which automatically controls the use of the high-beam headlights preventing the drivers of oncoming vehicles being dazzled, and, airbag and seat belt and belt tensioner system, which helps protect the driver in the unfortunate event of an accident.