World première of MAN TGM all-wheel-drive with a short wheelbase
At the IFAT, the world's leading fair for water - wastewater - waste - recycling held in Munich, Germany, in May, the MAN TGM - with the short wheelbase of 3050 mm in the all-wheel-drive versions - made its world première. It is a very compact and manoeuvrable vehicle for municipal applications throughout the year. The shortest wheelbase in the range to date was 3250 mm.
Clearing snow, in particular in narrow residential areas with a lot of parked cars, is a major challenge for drivers. Compact external dimensions, very good manoeuvrability and the simplest operation are the requirements for the vehicle. The MAN TGM range fulfils these demands. Even if a 3400 mm long tipping platform is mounted the MAN TGM is easy to move on account of the short wheelbase. The controls for the snow-clearing hydraulics are arranged within easy reach in the dashboard beside the steering wheel. The latest version of the MAN TGM can also be ordered with the C and L cab and a crew cab. The L cab, which is 600 mm longer inside than the C cab, features a lot of stowage space behind the seats.
A speciality in the all-wheel-drive programme with permissible gross weight from 13 to 15 t is the air suspension on the rear axle. MAN is the only manufacturer to offer air suspension as standard in this tonnage class. The advantages are a high level of driving comfort and less impact on the vehicle, its body and the load. For snow clearing there is yet another argument in its favour since regardless of the laden condition the vehicle always retains the same height level. If a sprayer is mounted this, for example, leads to a uniform spraying pattern. In the course of the year the equipment on the loading area has to be exchanged several times a year in the building yard. With the air suspension the driver can manage this quickly with just a few movements since he just presses a knob to lower the vehicle from the driving level by 90 mm or raise it by 190 mm to mount the equipment. Another special feature of the MAN TGM 4x4 is the optional electronic transfer case and lock management. It distributes the driving power to the front and rear axle according to the situation.
The MAN TGM ranges covers a permissible gross weight range from 12 to 19 t. The very extensive product range is divided into on-road and all-wheel-drive, single or twin tyres, the four cab variants C, L, LX and the crew cab and three different engines. The six-cylinder in-line engines from the D08 Common Rail range have outputs of 240 hp, 280 hp and 326 hp and comply with the valid Euro 4 exhaust-gas regulations without any additive being necessary. These engines are coupled either with nine-speed manual gearboxes or with the automatic shifting system MAN TipMatic®. Their advantage is that the driver can concentrate fully on the traffic.
MAN will already be fulfilling the vehicle operators' demand for the highest degree of cleanliness of the exhaust gases before the introduction of the mandatory regulations. MAN has announced that it will be introducing engines which comply with Euro 5 at the beginning of 2009. This exhaust-gas level will not be required for vehicle registration until autumn next year. MAN's environmental awareness is even one step better, since the D08 Common Rail engines in accordance with the event stricter EEV standard will also be available for the TGM.
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