The people behind the TGX D38 - Nicolai Bamberger

The TGX D38 is MAN’s new flagship. Many MAN employees poured all their skills and passion into developing the new truck. We introduce you to a few of them.

MAN employees in Granada

Pride – that is the word that best describes what ties many employees to the TGX D38. The new top-of-the range truck model is taking center stage at MAN’s trade fair appearance at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2014. The new flagship adds horsepower of 520, 560, and 640 to MAN’s range. The top model offers a customized driveline with numerous new efficiency functions. At its center is the newly developed D38 six-cylinder in-line engine with 15.2 l displacement. This engine stands for superior power and gives the TGX D38 maximum torque for all needs – without breaking any horsepower records. When it comes to this vehicle, the MAN engineers instead concentrated their efforts on reliability, efficiency, and lower operating costs.

But how much work goes into a vehicle like this? And who are the people behind the product? At MAN, several teams worked on developing the new vehicle over a few years. From development of the engine through launch of the truck – many MAN employees poured all their skills and passion into developing the new truck. That is reason enough to speak to some of them and show the team’s work. What ties them to the new vehicle? What role did their team play?

A short interview with the people behind the TGX:

Nicolai Bamberger

Nicolai Bamberger
Project Manager for EfficientCruise at MAN Truck & Bus

What does the TGX D38 conjure up for you?

It´s a great vehicle that we´re also using to present MAN EfficientCruise, our newly-developed GPS cruise control system, for the very first time. I myself have meanwhile worked on the project for two years and it´s a strange feeling now that it´s finally being launched onto the market. Before the test drives with the journalists, I was actually a little nervous because the challenge in developing EfficientCruise was to make sure that the controls cater for customer tastes. The initial feedback from Granada was great! I think we´ve hit the nail on the head.

What was your team´s contribution to the vehicle?

Thanks to EfficientCruise, we can cut consumption and consequently reduce the vehicle´s total cost of ownership. At the same time, it takes a lot of pressure off the driver. EfficientCruise isn´t a single element, but a facility operating via a number of components, e.g. GPS data, engine or input from the driver. This is why my team had to work closely together with many other different teams. In all, some sixty to seventy colleagues were involved in developing the new system up to the start of production phase.

What´s so special about the new TGX D38?

The TGX D38 is a perfect vehicle forming an integrated whole! It unites many technologies that are well thought-out, making it totally reliable and efficient.

The TGX D38 on tour in Spain’s Sierra Nevada

Two MAN TGX D38s driving on a windy test route in Spain.
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