MAN’s new Truck Generation flagship 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.
Fleet Transport magazine has been the Irish representative on the jury since 2003.
The prestigious award, first presented in 1977 was received by Andreas Tostmann, Chief Executive Officer of MAN Truck & Bus, during a virtual ceremony that took place at MAN’s headquarters in Munich, Germany. This is the eight occasion that MAN has won this prestigious honour.
The TGX secured a winning score of 155 votes, surpassing a 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, across Europe, the Truck of the Year jury members appreciated the improved cab aerodynamics that – together with the D26 and D38 Euro 6D engines, optimized drive axle and GPS-assisted cruise control – contribute to a reduction in fuel consumption.
In addition, the jury praised the human-machine interface of the new truck range, based on an easy- to-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.