The D38 15-litre flagship delivers performance for heavy-duty applications, efficiency and total cost-of-ownership savings through patented European technologies tailored for Australian conditions.
New-look truck is available through Penske Commercial Vehicles and its dealer network, with full customisation and pricing options available via MAN’s local team.
After more than 18 months of local research, testing and development, MAN Trucks has released its all-new TGX D38 truck to the Australian market at launch events in Brisbane. The TGX flagship aims to establish the European brand as a major player in the 15-litre, heavy-duty truck market.
Before an industry elite, including Penske Corporation Chairman Mr Roger Penske, the striking matte black D38 was unveiled as the newest TGX flagship, and the first high horsepower MAN model that meets the demands of long distance transport in B-double applications.
D38 has been optimised for Australian conditions and features a tailored powertrain designed for the most demanding transport tasks, with a six-cylinder inline engine with 15.2 litre displacement. The new engine further enhances the MAN range and introduces a new horsepower class of 560 hp at 2,000 ft-lb, producing maximum torque from as low as 930 rpm, which ensures the focus is efficiency.
With total cost-of-ownership savings delivered through a range of patented MAN technologies, the D38 has an automated manual 12-speed Traxion Transmission shifting system, with three new fuel saving modes and GPS-controlled cruise control from MAN EfficientCruise, which uses saved topographical map data to detect route gradients and optimise fuel consumption (route dependent).
MAN’s TGX D38 focus is to provide a truck with sustained power reserves and excellent traction on harsh gradients, while delivering the highest levels of driving dynamics, technology and economy in its range.
Speaking at the launch, Mr Mark Mello, General Manager, MAN Truck and Bus Australia, said: “Given our reliance on truck transportation in Australia and the distances between cities, efficiency and productivity are the key factors that dictate business success today.
“The MAN TGX D38 strikes an excellent balance of capacity and cost efficiency, and is built specifically for customers who transport high-gross combination weights. We believe these qualities stand operators requiring B-double and heavy-duty applications in Australia in good stead.”
Chairman Roger Penske reiterated that the local team at Penske Commercial Vehicles in conjunction with MAN Germany worked hard to ensure the new model was ready to take on Australia.
“The MAN D38 has been engineered for local customers, and with their needs of economy at the fore. I believe that the MAN D38 package from Penske Commercial Vehicles will quickly become an attractive and viable business option, giving our customers the edge they need.”