Picture of the Week: Spectacular MAN TGX Lion S marks MAN Truck & Bus UK’s 150,000th vehicle sold

MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd have just sold their 150,000th vehicle in the UK. The truck, a special build TGX Individual Lion S Tractor-unit, will be operated by family owned Gateshead based Templeman Retailing & Vending Ltd.

Based on the flagship TGX Individual Lion S model, featuring the biggest cab in the range, the GX, and painted in factory Nardo Grey, the Templeman Retailing & Vending MAN sits on polished Durabright alloy wheels and has been fitted with a custom chassis infill and a one-off hand built catwalk. Attached to this is a custom-built back-lit susie frame which carries the wording “Work Hard – Play Harder”. The chassis in-fill, catwalk, susie frame, battery box and mudguards have all been colour coded to match the Nardo Grey cab.

Adorned with a special one-off livery the 150,000th vehicle features an airbrushed Lion on each side of the cab. Running across the entire width of the vehicle, behind the rear axle, is a custom-built one-piece mud flap that carries the TempleMAN logo. Above this sits another lightbar and one-off custom-built double-stacked taillight clusters.

The inside of the voluminous TGE GX cab has been treated to hand-made mats, each carrying a one-off 150,000th design logo, a special brushed stainless steel 150,000th plaque, premium leather and alcantara seats, with red diamond stitching, red seatbelts, luxury bunk with slatted frame and adjustable headrest, TV couch, 22 inch remote television, wall unit on the rear of the cab with microwave and coffee maker, climatronic air conditioning and water heater, under-bunk cooler and storage unit, electric sun blind, digital 12.3 inch instrument cluster, 12.3 inch infotainment screen and LED interior lighting.

Templeman Retailing & Vending’s new TGX is powered by MAN’s latest generation Euro6E compliant, six-cylinder D26, 12.4 litre, 510 hp (375 kW) engine. Sadly business founder and Company Chairman Neil Templeman passed away before this vehicle was realised.

Templeman Retailing & Vending is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of soft drinks, crisps, snacks, and confectionery to wholesalers, vending operators, foodservice and retail groups. The family run business operates 22 vehicles within its busy fleet, 20 of these being MAN, and facilitate the door to door delivery of wholesale supplies to their nationwide customer base. With over 30 years of experience in providing bespoke vending solutions they operate from four sites, three are on Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead and one based in Bellshill, Scotland.