MAN’s new TGX range has been elected International Truck of the Year 2021 by a jury of 24 commercial vehicle editors and senior journalists, representing 24 major trucking magazines from throughout Europe.
The prestigious award was handed to Andreas Tostmann, Chief Executive Officer of MAN Truck & Bus, during a virtual ceremony that took place at MAN’s headquarters in Munich, Germany. With a winning score of 155 votes, the German truck manufacturer’s flagship fought off the strong challenge posed by Volvo Trucks’ new FH range.
Based on the International Truck of the Year (IToY) rules, the annual award is presented to the truck introduced into the market in the previous 12 months, which has made the greatest contribution to road transport efficiency. Several important criteria are considered, including technological innovation, comfort, safety, driveability, fuel economy, environmental footprint and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). While retaining a strong family feeling with the present heavy-duty generation, MAN’s new TGX range represents a big step forward in terms of comfort, safety, fuel efficiency, connectivity, advanced service portfolio and human-machine interface.
During extended test drives carried out last February in Bilbao, Spain, and more recently, between Germany and Austria in July, the Truck of the Year jury members appreciated the improved cab aerodynamics that – together with the D26 and D38 Euro VI d engines, optimized drive axle and GPS-assisted cruise control – contribute to a reduction in fuel consumption.
Moreover, the jury praised the human-machine interface of the new truck range, based on an easyto-read, fully-digital colour instrument cluster and the turn-and-press control system (SmartSelect) of the secondary display, along with the multifunction steering wheel.
Finally, the IToY journalists appreciated the wide array of assistance and safety systems, aimed at reducing the driver’s workload in every operating condition and at improving traffic safety. Summing up the jury vote, International Truck of the Year Chairman Gianenrico Griffini commented: “With the introduction of the new TGX, MAN has delivered a future-oriented heavy-duty truck range, able to answer today’ s and tomorrow’s transport needs.”