German MAN’s new generation of TG series trucks made its global debut in Bilbao, Spain. As the first major facelift of the TG series in 20 years, the new models have been comprehensively upgraded in terms of appearance, interior, comfort, and safety.
The four main models are fully covered, with three new body colors and more fuel-efficient engines. Under the background of today’s European truck emission upgrades and technological upgrades, it undoubtedly has a strong strength.
However, what I am talking to you today is not the shining point of the new TG series, but a notebook of history and a review of the history of the TG series truck.
A hundred years of car-making history spanning three centuries
As we all know, Germany is one of the world’s recognized automobile powers. Famous automakers such as Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, BMW, and Volkswagen are all homes here, including the main character of this show-MAN. The German MAN Company evolved gradually from the St. Anthony Steel Plant established in 1758 and has a history of more than 260 years.
At first MAN was mainly engaged in steel smelting and steel structure manufacturing. In 1908, the Augsburg Machinery Plant and the Nuremberg Machinery Plant merged to form the “Augsburg-Nuremberg Machinery Manufacturing Joint Stock Company”, which is abbreviated in German as “M·A· N”, this is the original source of the three letters on the Internet in MAN Trucks today.
In 1915, MAN established a joint venture with a Swiss company to produce its own truck products. In 1924, MAN manufactured the world’s first diesel-engine truck equipped with a fuel injection system, which was an important historical node in the world automobile industry. .
During the Second World War, MAN produced military vehicles and tanks for the German military at the time. After Germany surrendered, the MAN factory was destroyed by the gunfire of the war just like its German brother Volkswagen factory. After the war, Mann switched to non-road vehicles such as civilian trucks, public buses, and tractors.
The Braunschweig Lion, integrated into the heart of steel
Beginning in the 1970s, MAN officially entered a golden development period. In 1971, it merged with the German truck manufacturer Büssing and obtained the right to use its lion trademark.
In 1978, the MAN 19.280 truck won the truck of the year award, and many of the “brothers and sisters” of this model had already begun to emerge in China at that time. In the 1980s, Mann successively merged with a number of Austrian truck manufacturers, including Steyr, and expanded overseas markets to produce various models of trucks in South Africa and North America.
In 1986, the new model F90 won the 1987 International Truck Award. At the same time, the “90” series truck represented by F90 was launched, covering three product lines: light, medium, and heavy. The differentiated development of the truck product line format still retains this tradition until now.
It is worth mentioning that the G90 light car series is a model jointly developed with Volkswagen, so the MAN letter car logo and the Volkswagen logo are placed on the China Net.
Since 1994, the 90 series has been changed into the “2000” series and the “2000 EVOLUTION” series. The F2000 series and L2000 series have a profound impact on some Chinese trucks in the 21st century.
The originator of the TG series-TGA
At the turn of the new century, in order to meet the stricter environmental requirements and the high demand for trucks in the growing road transportation industry, MAN Trucks’ new generation model Trucknology Generation series was officially launched. The first model of this series is the flagship model TGA. .
The overall design of TGA diverges from the original 2000 series. The newly designed cab has the characteristics of the times. The optimized appearance helps reduce fuel consumption. It has the leading flat-floor cab configuration in the same class and can choose a variety of body designs. .
Among them, the area of the windshield glass of the XXL high-roof cab has been enlarged, and the lighting and visual field have been improved to a certain extent. He won the 2001 International Truck Award in the year he debuted.
The initial model is equipped with a D2866 series engine, and later the new D2066 series, D2676 series diesel engine and XLX version of the high-roof cab are added. The emissions have also been upgraded from Euro 3 and Euro 4 to Euro 5 standards.
In 2005, for the medium tonnage and small tonnage truck market, the TGM series and TGL series were also launched, which further expanded the market segmentation of the TG series and strengthened market competitiveness.
At the same time, the famous MAN HydroDrive switchable front-wheel hydraulic drive system began to be installed. Compared with the traditional mechanical all-wheel drive system, this hydraulic drive system can lower the center of the vehicle, play an auxiliary drive function, and can be assembled. On some non-full-wheel drive vehicles, it is convenient for emergency escape and the passability of coping with relatively bad road conditions.
TGX/TGS-Lion King clone, specializing in surgery
In 2007, the TGA series underwent a major remodeling. The original narrow-body cab and wide-body cab models were renamed TGS and TGX respectively to meet the needs of different users.
As the flagship model after the major facelift, the TGX has undergone major adjustments in the front styling. The powertrain can be optionally equipped with a 680-horsepower V8 diesel engine. The emission can reach Euro 5 and even more stringent EEV standards. It was 2008. The winning model of the International Truck Awards.
TGX is mainly used for high-efficiency long-distance road transportation, while TGS is mostly used for construction vehicles and chassis, medium and long-distance transportation. Among the major remodeled TG series imported from my country, the TGS series is the main model.
In 2010, the TGX EfficenLine series, which was optimized and upgraded based on the TGX series, was launched in Europe, mainly in important aspects such as fuel economy.
In 2012, with the switch of Euro VI emission standards, all MAN models ushered in the second facelift. MAN’s classic lion image was refined and improved and integrated with the iconic front panel decoration design. The details have been optimized.
In 2014, MAN’s strongest truck, the TGX D38 series, was launched, using a new 15.6-liter D3876 series inline six-cylinder diesel engine with a maximum power of 640 horsepower and meeting Euro VI emission standards.
In 2016, the new member TGE was unveiled, and the entire series of models were modified for the third time, some details were adjusted, and the interior was improved. At the same time, TGX Efficenline series models and some electric models have been unveiled.
A new generation of models-self-improvement and comprehensive upgrade
In February 2020, the MAN TG series has gone through 20 years, and the new generation of TG series officially debuted. TGX has no windshield and small side windows, but it has a younger appearance, optimized details, and the MAN logo is integrated in The light group and side lights improve the overall recognition.
The car-like new interior design optimizes the driving space. The central control part has a full LCD instrument panel and a large-size display. The unique multimedia control area is more high-end.
The new D15 platform Euro VI engine can improve fuel economy by 8% after optimization of the vehicle. If not surprisingly, the new TG series will participate in the 2021 International Truck Award winning vehicle competition announced during the 2020 Hannover Commercial Vehicle Show.