The people behind the TGX D38 - Thomas Hemmerich

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:

Thomas Hemmerich

Thomas Hemmerich
Head of Truck Sales

What does the TGX D38 conjure up for you?

I think the vehicle´s power and momentum conjure up pure driving pleasure for everyone. I´m very proud of our top model, thanks to its combination of strength and efficiency.

What was your team´s contribution to the vehicle?

We control the vehicle´s sales at an international level and transform global customer demands on our products into user requirement specifications. Based on these, our development team designs and develops the vehicles. We are delighted that this groundwork has resulted in a vehicle that generates enthusiasm among drivers, yet is also highly efficient.

What´s so special about the new TGX D38?

For me, it´s the momentum and power released when the engine gets going, yet it still runs so very smoothly. Fine-tuning the powertrain has, in my opinion, worked perfectly. Constructing a good engine is one thing, but integrating it into the vehicle in such a way that the entire powertrain operates in perfect harmony is the fine art of automotive engineering. This has succeeded exceptionally well in the case of the TGX D38.

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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