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MAN to reveal future tech for Middle East at IAA

Firm to offer glimpse of how GCC transport could look in the future

The TGX D38 represents MAN's flagship offering at Germany's IAA 2014.
The TGX D38 represents MAN's flagship offering at Germany's IAA 2014.

MAN will use IAA 2014 as a platform to provide a glimpse of how its truck and bus line-up for the Middle East will look in the future.

The German commercial vehicles manufacturer will showcase a range of its latest technologies at the Hanover trade show.

Focuses are to include efficiency, safety, and alternative hybrid/gas drives.

“The IAA 2014 trade fair is an important platform for MAN to showcase our cutting-edge technologies across our truck and bus range,” commented Markus Geyer, managing director of MAN’s Middle East and Africa sales region.

“For our markets in the Middle East, it highlights our vision of how we see the future evolve with our new product launches and service enhancements,” he added.

MAN intends to present a wide range of trucks and buses during the course of the week-long event. Fuel efficiency will represent the primary theme, with technologies to facilitate lower operating costs and fewer emissions.

“The planned adaption of stricter emission norms and the implementation of higher safety standards in the Gulf countries are just a few indicators of significant developments in the transport sector, which will arrive in the Middle East in the near future,” said Geyer.

“There is also an underlying focus on lowering total cost of ownership (TCO) for our customers, and leveraging our sustained culture of innovation to lead the way in developing alternative hybrid and gas drives,” he revealed.

The centrepiece of MAN’s IAA showing will be its top-of-the-range TGX D38 truck, which will celebrate its public debut in Hanover. The vehicle boasts a six-cylinder D38 inline engine with a displacement of 15.2 litres, and with outputs of 520hp, 560hp, and 650hp, will round off the manufacturer’s high-end range of vehicles.

In addition to the TGX D38, MAN will the TGX EfficientLine 2 truck, the Lion’s City GL CNG bus, and the NEOPLAN Skyliner bus. The firm will also display technologies such as its EfficientCruise GPS-based cruise control, TopTorque, and a more powerful version of MAN TeleMatics.

However, IAA attendees will not only get to see the manufacturer’s latest models. MAN plans to offer its customers a glimpse into the future with the MAN TGX Hybrid concept. This model features a hybrid-drive system developed for long-distance transport. A diesel engine acts as the primary source of power, whilst an additional drive system operated by an electric motor offers the possibility of recovering, storing, and reusing braking energy.

“We look forward to engaging with our customers from across the Middle East at IAA, and give them a glimpse into our vision for advancing the commercial vehicle industry, and discuss how they can benefit from our comprehensive range of products and services,” concluded Geyer.


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