First MAN TGE rolls off the line
A highly promising collaboration begins | High quality in MAN TGE production
The launch of the TGE marks the start of a new era for MAN. It is the first time MAN Truck & Bus has marketed a light commercial vehicle, and represents a response to the demand from many long-standing customers in the logistics, courier and parcel service, after-sales and trades sectors. The main reasons for the increasing use of large vans are the expansion of online shopping, harmonised driving licence regulations, the wide-ranging versatility of the vehicles and their car-like handling and performance. Increasing urbanisation, especially, is driving demand for a broad range from 3 tonnes gross vehicle weight rating upwards.
Good reasons, indeed, to source such a model within the Group, utilising available synergies. "Our recently established plant in Wrzesnia is setting new quality standards. The vehicles undergo a wide range of quality checks. The dimensional stability of the body shell itself is repeatedly checked during the assembly process by automated lasers and digital cameras on multiple geometric stations. I am therefore delighted to be supplying the MAN brand with a model of such high value added as this first TGE", comments Jens Ocksen. Dennis Affeld enthusiastically agrees: "We are looking forward to combining the high-quality production standards of the TGE with MAN's professional sales and service network. We have no doubt our customers will love it. We plan to sell about 20,000 vehicles a year."
The vehicle with VIN number 1 is a silver van with a short wheelbase and high roof. The high-roof MAN TGE is around six metres long with a load capacity of 10.7 cubic metres. The van – in weight rating variants up to 3.5 tonnes – is powered by a highly efficient 1968 cm3 capacity diesel engine developing 103 kW/140 hp. There is already one site where the vehicle will be in use: the MAN plant in Munich.