MAN - what a truck
More than just one truck, a fleet of 80 MAN trucks in fact have been ordered for use right across the TIL fleet.
While TIL has several makes of vehicle – predominantly American and European marques - within its 750 vehicle fleet, this order is singularly the largest order of any marque.
The 55 MAN TGX 6x4 tractor units, and the 25 TGS 8x4 rigid trucks will have 480 and 540hp power plants for use in general freight, furniture and fuel haul operations, says TIL Group Chairman and Managing Director, Jim Ramsay.
“With MAN we have the safety features, driver comfort, fuel efficiency and the reasonable tare weight we were looking for – as well as a commercially acceptable ‘whole of life’ cost,” explains Jim. “These vehicles will be based throughout New Zealand from Whangarei to Bluff with gross weights up to 60 tonnes, and annual expected travelling distances of up to 350,000kms per year.”
Most of the vehicles are equipped with the MAN TipMatic® automated manual transmission and feature a high level of safety and environmental systems such as the electronic stability programme, incorporating the dynamic stability programme and roll-over prevention functionality.
And the MAN units that have been delivered are finding favour with John Newlove from Pacific Fuel Haulage saying the MAN’s have an “excellent driving position and all round vision”. Meanwhile Wayne Mehrtens, from TIL Freight – Taranaki, says the MAN is “quiet, beautifully laid out, and has excellent visibility”.
New Man trucks for all: Tony Hamilton, Executive Officer Central, TIL Freight, Andy Stanley, CEO, Pacific Fuel Haul, Bob Cleland, CEO, Actus, and Jon Kyle, CEO, TIL Freight.