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Class-leading Warranties Back New MAN TGS WW

With sophisticated driveline and safety features common to most new ‘technology trucks’, it is in the aftersales offerings of the truck suppliers that competitive advantage is determined, none more so than MAN Truck & bus Africa, which offers unprecedented warranty cover on its new flagship range, MAN TGS WW, a truck designed to handle the rigours of African application with ease.

Delivering predictability

In an industry fraught with risk, commercial truck transporters go to great lengths to control their operating expenses, implementing all manner of systems to bring greater predictability to their business. Fundamental to this ‘cost-management’ approach, is deploying a reliable, economical truck, specifically designed for the job it is intended for. With so many new trucks arriving in South Africa every year, transport operators are perhaps swamped for choice, especially when it comes to procuring a premium-class extra-heavy duty workhorse.

Launched locally in August 2010, the MAN TGS WW is based on ‘tried and tested in Africa’ technology found in the top-selling MAN TGA range, the immediate predecessor of the MAN TGS WW. Voted ‘International Truck of the Year’ in 2008, the TGS WW is ideal for on-highway and on/off-road applications and features new Trucknology® innovations enhancing safety, comfort, efficiency and reliability.

With class-leading power-to-weight ratios, the new MAN TGS WW derivatives are equipped with Euro 2 & 3 Common-Rail MAN D26 and D20 diesel engines with power ratings between 257 kW and 353 kW (350 hp to 480 hp) and torque ratings of 1750 to 2300Nm between 1000 and 1400rpm, all fitted with a turbo charger and intercooler .

An overdrive 12-speed MAN TipMatic® automated transmission available with intarder brings greater ease-of-driving and fuel economy while also reducing driveline wear and tear. A ZF 16S252OD 16 speed synchromesh manual transmission is also available with an intarder for added braking power, prolonged service brake life and swifter trip times.

Versatility is a cornerstone of the new MAN TGS WW range with no less than 14 derivatives to choose from with GVM ratings from 19 to 41 tons. For on-road haulage, 4x2 and 6x4 configurations are available with hypoid axles, leaf/leaf as well as leaf/air suspension. Also available are 8x4 configurations with leaf suspension and 6x2 configurations with leaf/air suspension and raisable trailing axle for empty return trips.

New robustness

For construction and on/off-road applications, the TGS WW comes in 6x4, 6x6 and 8x4 configurations with hub-reduction axles and trapezoidal/parabolic suspension for optimised traction and durability. Front ground clearance on off-road models extends to an impressive 364mm and new features have been added to the range to suit the arduous conditions found in Africa, including; a new radiator & intercooler for over 35ºC ambient temperatures, a Visco fan with high cooling output, a stone protection grille in front of the radiator, a raised air intake on cab rear wall, cyclonic pre-filter, a single large cyclonic air filter with waterproof primary and safety elements and 30 % larger filtration area than TGA. A steel bumper with a three-piece radiator guard and metal fly-screen bring added protection and durability to the radiator and cooling system in general.

From a safety perspective, the TGS WW is equipped with MAN’s BrakeMatic electronic brake system with ABS, plus Electronic Stability Program (ESP), lane guard system (LGS) and adaptive cruise control (ACC). A computer -optimized driveline improves brake efficiency, fuel economy, vehicle reliability, ease of use, and safety. Furthermore, comprehensive on-board computer diagnostic functions help reduce maintenance & repair times and a proprietary engine protection system is fitted as standard.

Greater comfort

Touted by MAN as a ‘driver’s truck’, the TGS WW has a host of features designed to make driving an extra-heavy juggernaut as effortless as a passenger car and as comfortable. An air conditioning system, mechanical sliding roof and electric door window winders offer greater in-cab ventilation. Electric mirror adjustment, a 24V MAN radio/CD player, an air sprung high-comfort driver’s seat, tinted windscreens all-round, a sun shade in front of windscreen, and a roll-up sun visor on the windscreen and driver’s door and to the overall luxury finish of the TGS WW.

The MAN TGS WW sports a completely redesigned cab interior fitted with high-grade materials, easy-to-reach controls and instruments, clearly arranged to always be within the driver's field of vision. The new 2.24m-wide cabs set high ergonomic standards and come in three different sizes to suit specific application requirements.

The compact M-cab is designed for construction, municipal and short-haul duties. The 400mm longer L-cab has a comfortable 2.05m x 0.75m bunk. The high LX-cab can accommodate two wider bunks. Both longer cabs, the L and the LX, have two large stowage compartments that can be accessed from the outside via upward-opening flaps. The high roof results in an internal standing height of 1925mm in front of the co-driver's seat. Bunks in the LX-cab have high-quality slatted frames and mattresses with five hardness zones.

While extensive protection against corrosion and fully galvanized panelling protect the TGS WW against the harshness of African weather conditions, it is the new ‘extended warranty’ offerings from MAN Truck & Bus Africa that are bolstering its order book.

Best-of-breed warranties

For the first time in South Africa, truck owners can buy an extra-heavy vehicle that comes standard with an impressive, market-leading four-year/ 600 000 km drive-line warranty which covers MAN engine components including; turbo charger, water pump, cooling fan, injector pump, fuel injectors, transmissions (including prop-shafts), MAN drive axles and tandems, as well as internal lubricated parts.

MAN TGS WW cabs are warranted against perforation as a result of corrosion for a period of 48 months, from date of delivery to the purchaser. The warranty documentation states that it is the obligation of the purchaser to make the vehicle available to an authorised MAN workshop at the intervals at their own cost.

Adding to this comprehensive ticket to ‘peace-of-mind trucking’, MAN customers can now choose from a variety of purchasable extended warranty products to meet their demands, such as a two- year/300 000km (entire vehicle warranty) for a mere R15 000 (VAT excl). The components included but not limited to the warranty include the starter motor, alternator, cooling system (radiator and intercooler), the compressor, as well as all electrical and electronic components and wiring.

A three-year/450 000km (entire vehicle warranty) at a cost of R30 000 (VAT excl) covers the same components as the two-year warranty without being strictly limited to the quoted components in the warranty agreement.

In certain applications and operating conditions the TGS WW is fitted with the heavy duty ZF NAS/10c PTO unit as opposed to the ZF NH/4C at no extra cost to the customer.

With a new multi-brand truck and bus portfolio, MAN Truck & Bus Africa has all the right machinery for gruelling African commercial transport applications. These products are now not only backed by industry benchmark warranties, but by a growing nationwide dealer network that is committed to offering personal service at executive level to ensure all MAN vehicles deliver lowest cost-of-ownership and remain ‘consistently efficient’ out in the field, earning their keep.