The recently launched new generation MAN TGX has been awarded the title of “International Truck of the Year 2021” (ITOY).
In a virtual ceremony, Andreas Tostmann, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus, accepted the coveted award from ITOY President Gianenrico Griffini. The jury of 24 trade journalists representing the 24 most important European specialist truck journals, (Ed: notably not this one!) recognised the new MAN TGX as being particularly advanced in terms of driving comfort, working and living conditions, safety, fuel efficiency, connectivity, innovative services, and operator control and display philosophy.
“The title ‘International Truck of the Year’ is tremendous recognition for the outstanding work put in by our team at MAN. For more than five years now, the team has been working with a single objective in mind: to develop the best truck for drivers and our customers and to get it out on the road. This coveted award just goes to show: We did it,” says Andreas Tostmann, Chief Executive Officer at MAN Truck & Bus, happily, at the virtual awards ceremony.
The Jury’s Favourites
In addition to its driving comfort, the driver’s workplace with its clearly arranged, fully digital display instruments, the rotary pushbutton control function of the MAN SmartSelect system impressed the jury.
The ITOY jurors were just as positive about the living conditions in the new driver’s cab. During the test drives, they were also impressed by the efficiency of the Euro 6d driveline of the new MAN TGX, which offers fuel savings of up to 8.2 percent compared to the previous version when coupled with the aerodynamic refinement of the cab design and the GPS cruise control system.
The jury also highlighted the high level of safety, which, with functions such as the radar-based turn assist and lane change support systems, Lane Return Assist and assisted driving in traffic jams, not only takes pressure off the driver but also contributes significantly to the safety of other road users. Last but not least, the new MAN TGX made a particularly trendsetting impression with the ITOY experts thanks to the high degree of connectivity provided by its electronic architecture, which is the first of its kind in the commercial vehicle sector, and the range of digital services associated therewith.
The President’s View
“The new MAN TGX represents a major step forward in terms of driver comfort, fuel efficiency, connectivity and human-machine interface. So there is no doubt why the new MAN TGX was voted Truck of the Year 2021. It is a future-oriented truck that meets the transport needs of today and tomorrow,” said ITOY President Gianenrico Griffini, summarising the jury members’ verdict at the awards ceremony.
In accordance with the rules of the International Truck of the Year award, the annual award is presented to the truck released in the last 12 months that has made the greatest contribution to the sustainable development of road haulage. The evaluation criteria are technical innovations and refinements, but also innovation that contributes to overall cost-effectiveness, safety and environmental relief.