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Economy and safety underpin MAN TGS longhaul range

The challenges facing commercial truck fleet operators in South Africa have never been greater. The rising cost of diesel and an acute shortage of skilled drivers make it imperative for road freight transporters to seek better ways to save fuel and mitigate on-road risk.

The challenges facing commercial truck fleet operators in South Africa have never been greater. The rising cost of diesel and an acute shortage of skilled drivers make it imperative for road freight transporters to seek better ways to save fuel and mitigate on-road risk.

With approximately 80% of overland freight in sub-equatorial Africa being transported by truck, the longhaul road freight sector is proving to be the testing ground for new trucks equipped with technologies that enhance both road safety and fuel economy.

MAN Truck & Bus South Africa is a global leader in the supply of truck-tractors designed to enhance operational efficiencies in the longhaul trucking industry. Launched in 2010, MAN’s TGS WW range of longhaul 6x4 truck-tractors has gained a reputation for exceptional fuel economy, driver comfort, safety and reliability.

In particular, the MAN TGS WW 26.440 BLS and the TGS WW 26.480 BLS derivatives have made significant inroads into leading local fleets due to a combination of features that effectively lower the operator’s total-cost-of-ownership.

According to Bruce Dickson, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus South Africa’s truck division, “the TGS 26.440 and 26.480 BLS models are purpose-built for longhaul applications in southern Africa. The drivelines on both derivatives have been optimised to safely and economically handle the region’s mountainous topography.”

Both models come standard with MAN’s proprietary high-tech active safety technologies, including roll-over prevention (ROP), electronic stability pro-gramme (ESP) and anti-spin regulator (ASR).

This year, MAN Truck & Bus SA will launch its new TGS EfficientLine range of 6x4 and 4x2 longhaul truck tractors, based on the proven TGS WW plat-form.

“In August 2012, MAN Truck & Bus SA undertook the most extensive truck economy run ever executed in the country to benchmark the fuel economy and CO2-savings potential of the new MAN TGS EfficientLine range. The independently-audited fuel consumption figures for all three TGS EfficientLine derivatives proved that a 7.8% fuel-saving is possible when a longhaul truck is equipped with technologies that effectively reduce aerodynamic drag, rolling resistance and auxiliary power demand,” concludes Dickson.