MAN moves into LCV sector with TGE

The first production MAN TGE has rolled off the line at the newly constructed plant in Wrzesnia, Poland. The launch of the TGE marks the first time MAN Truck & Bus has marketed a light commercial vehicle, and represents a response to demand from many long-standing customers in the logistics, courier and parcel service, after-sales and trades sectors.

Reasons for increasing use of large vans include the expansion of online shopping, harmonised driving licence regulations, the wide-ranging versatility of the vehicles and their car-like handling and performance. Increasing urbanisation in particular is driving demand for a broad range from 3 tonnes gross vehicle weight rating upwards.

Jens Ocksen, CEO of Volkswagen Poznan, says, “Our recently established plant in Wrzesnia is setting new quality standards. The vehicles undergo a wide range of quality checks. The dimensional stability of the body shell itself is repeatedly checked during the assembly process by automated lasers and digital cameras on multiple geometric stations. I am therefore delighted to be supplying the MAN brand with a model of such high value added as this first TGE.”

Dennis Affeld, senior VP Sales Van at MAN Truck & Bus, says, “We are looking forward to combining the high-quality production standards of the TGE with MAN’s professional sales and service network. We have no doubt our customers will love it. We plan to sell about 20 000 vehicles a year.”

The vehicle with VIN number 1 is a silver van with a short wheelbase and high roof. The high-roof MAN TGE is around six metres long with a load capacity of 10,7 cubic metres. The van – in weight rating variants up to 3,5 tonnes – is powered by a 1 968 cm3 capacity diesel engine developing 103 kW/140 hp. There is already one site where the vehicle will be in use: the MAN plant in Munich.