Browsing Archive February, 2016

Scania and Ericsson join forces



Scania and Ericsson announced their joint research efforts to accelerate the connectivity of commercial vehicles and infrastructure.

Both companies said they are convinced that advances in communications technologies and future deployments of 5G networks will enable improvements in the transport of people and cargo.

“We’ve been speaking about introducing vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications for quite some time but now it’s really taking off,” says Håkan Schildt, Director of Strategy and Business Development at Scania’s Connected Services and Solutions business unit. “We now see greater prospects for reliable communications through mobile networks.”

New developments in LTE and 5G standardization have created opportunities for dedicated vehicle-to-vehicle communications using the mobile network while minimizing risks of unpredictability and latency.

Scania has pioneered platooning concepts with truck and trailer combinations driving in close formation, thereby reducing air drag and fuel consumption. Legislation at present permits trucks to drive at a safe distance from each other using common in-vehicle features such as radar and cruise control. However, an even narrower distance between trucks – further reducing fuel consumption – requires vehicle-to-vehicle communications and interconnected control systems. Research by Ericsson and Scania has now shown that sufficiently reliable communications can be established using 4G, and future 5G, networks.

In a wider perspective, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications is an enabler for system-wide platooning in planning and organizing the formation and dissolution of platoons according to route and schedule. Trucks can thus join and leave platoons in an optimal manner.

“In view of the enormous benefits, we’re convinced that vehicle-to-vehicle communications will be implemented by transport operators of all types,” says Claes Herlitz, Head of Automotive at Ericsson. “Addressing the challenges posed by growing passenger and freight volumes, enhanced communications can contribute to greater logistics efficiency and thereby reduced environmental impact.”


Mitsubishi Outlander now open for booking. RM166,720 introductory price

CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia, Mr. Yang Won-Chul at the media preview of the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander SUV

Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) the official distributor of Mitsubishi vehicles in Malaysia officially previewed the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander SUV today, ahead of its official launch in April.

Scheduled to arrive at all Mitsubishi showrooms nationwide by April, customers may already place their bookings of the Outlander SUV starting from today.

“I am optimistic that the all-new Outlander SUV will win the hearts of many Malaysian car buyers. Competitively priced with stylish outlook, generous 7-seater space, best premium and safety features, the all-new Outlander SUV offers an outstanding SUV for any Malaysian family,” said Mr. Yang Won-Chul, Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia.

The Outlander SUV comes with an exclusive introductory on-the-road price of RM 166,720.00 for cars booked and registered before 31 May 2016.  The Outlander SUV also comes with a warranty package of five years or 100,000km, whichever comes first.

All-New Mitsubishi Outlander SUV Now Open for Bookings to the Malaysian market

Available only in 4WD, the Complete Built-Up (CBU) vehicle from Japan is powered by a 2.4-litre Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) engine boasting a maximum output of 167 PS at 6,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 222Nm at 4,100 rpm.

The Outlander SUV is offered in three colours- Red Metallic, White Pearl and Grey Metallic.

The Outlander SUV comes with premium features such as Sunroof, Electric Tailgate, LED Headlamps with Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and is further accentuated with 18” Dual-Tone Alloy Wheels to complete the stylish stance.

Moving into the cabin, the Outlander SUV comes with a versatile 7-seater Leather Seats and Auto Light and Rain Sensor.

The sales target set by MMM for the Outlander SUV is 100 units a month.

Malaysians will be able to get the first close-up view of the Outlander SUV at selected preview locations below:


No State Preview Venues Dates Time
Start End  
1 Klang Valley Bangsar Shopping Centre, Centre Court 24-Feb 28-Feb 10am-10pm
2 Penang Queensbay Mall, Centre Court 3-Mar 6-Mar 10am-10pm
3 Klang Valley One Utama Shopping Centre, GF Rainforest Concourse 16-Mar 20-Mar 10am-10pm
4 Johor Bahru Komtar, Centre Court 24-Mar 27-Mar 10am-10pm


Safety Features

Like other Mitsubishi models, high safety performance is a top priority. Standard safety features offered in the Outlander SUV include 7-Airbags, Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC), Hill-Start Assist (HSA), Anti-lock braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, Mitsubishi’s Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE body) and Collapsible Steering Column.

4WD System

For performance, the Outlander SUV comes with a multi-select 4WD system offering three different modes – 4WD ECO, 4WD Auto and 4WD Lock.

The 4WD ECO emphasizes on fuel economy where torque is distributed to the front wheels during normal driving conditions and automatically splits to all wheels for better traction and stability during slippery road conditions. This enables the Outlander SUV to deliver one of the best-in-class fuel efficiency of 12.8km/l*. (*Based on Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia in-house driving data.)

4WD Auto automatically distributes the right amount of torque to all wheels to provide smoother cornering performance and maintains high speed stability while 4WD Lock permanently feeds torque to all wheels during a hill climb, muddy trails or rough roads.

Best-in-class features of the Outlander SUV include a spacious cargo which can fit up to 4 golf bags or a single-bed mattress(1,608-litre) and a turning radius of 5.3 metres.

Design Concept

The Outlander SUV also comes with the ‘Dynamic Shield’ front face, a concept in which the dynamic face expresses powerful performance and reassuring sense of protection shared by generations of Mitsubishi vehicles.


Range Rover Evoque reaches half a million production milestone


Land Rover is celebrating the production of its 500,000th Range Rover Evoque at Halewood, just over four years after deliveries of the luxury compact SUV commenced.

Evoque is the fastest-selling and most successful Land Rover ever produced, having become the quickest to reach the half-a-million vehicle production landmark.

One in every three Land Rovers sold around the world is an Evoque and strong global demand ensures the production line at Halewood is in operation 24 hours a day, with a new vehicle coming off the line every 80 seconds.

Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said: “Evoque has been a huge success for Land Rover winning more than 165 international awards, bringing new customers to the brand and evolving to stay ahead of the competition. With our bold new Evoque Convertible we have broadened the range and will attract even more new customers to the brand.”

The launch of the Evoque marked a major milestone in the transformation of the fortunes of the Halewood manufacturing plant which welcomed £250mn of investment to bring this award winning model to market. Its arrival at the Merseyside based site saw the introduction of a third shift and in just four the plant’s workforce trebled and production quadrupled. Evoque continues to support Range Rover’s reputation for engineering excellence and innovation. For the 2016 model year, the luxury compact SUV was enhanced with refinements to the ground breaking exterior design including the availability of full-LED adaptive headlamps – a first for Jaguar Land Rover. An advanced line-up of new Ingenium diesel engines also delivers best-in-class CO2 emissions of 109g/km and fuel consumption of 68mpg (4.2 l/100km), making Evoque the most efficient Land Rover model.

The striking new Evoque Convertible made its world debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November 2015. When it goes on sale from Spring 2016, it will be the only luxury compact SUV convertible in the world.

Richard Else, Operations Director, Halewood, said: The Range Rover Evoque has been a fantastic success for Halewood and for Jaguar Land Rover. We are very proud of our award winning SUV and we are looking forward to welcoming the new Evoque Convertible to Halewood very soon.”

The completion of the 500,000th Evoque is the latest in a series of Land Rover production milestones achieved recently. In April 2015, Land Rover celebrated its 6,000,000th vehicle sold – a specially manufactured Range Rover Vogue SE LWB fitted with unique puddle lamp designs to mark the occasion.


Volvo Trucks becomes official supplier to the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team


McLaren-Honda has just announced that Volvo Trucks is the official supplier of trucks and haulage to its Formula 1 team. The partnership will see McLaren-Honda take delivery of a brand new fleet of 24 state-of-the-art Volvo FH Series trucks for the duration of the four-year agreement. They will provide essential transport solutions and logistics support for both race team and hospitality operations.

The 24 Volvo FH 13-litre, 540hp trucks will comprise of three different specifications, including standard height, extra low, and top of the range, to cater for the ever-changing logistical requirements of the team at grand prix locations all over Europe.

The technology used on the exclusive flagship truck is inspired by the racing world, and is the first time a heavy goods vehicle has used its celebrated I-Shift automated gearbox matched to a new Dual Clutch, that offers unrivalled driveability in its class. The vehicle also features independent suspension using rack and pinion steering – features which have previously only been available in passenger cars.

McLaren-Honda will benefit from transport solutions that offer fuel-efficient, torque-strong performance, responsive engines and comfortable cabs. The Volvo FH Series boasts the latest I-See gradient technology that can save fuel, and engines that meet the Euro-6 emissions standard, therefore reducing environmental impact in line with the team’s status as the only Formula 1 operation to be awarded the FIA Institute’s Environmental Award for the Achievement of Excellence.

The FH Series is also the world’s safest Volvo product, equipped with unique safety systems including the strongest-ever Volvo cab, driver support systems, redesigned aerodynamic mirrors, improved instrument display and dynamic headlights.

Jonathan Neale, Chief Operating Officer, McLaren Technology Group, said: “As well as looking for on-track efficiencies, as part of McLaren’s sustainability commitments we also look for improvements off it too. That’s why we’re very proud to partner with such a prestigious brand as Volvo Trucks, who are renowned for their innovative and high-performance heavy goods transport solutions.

“Away from the racing circuit, managing freight and logistics for a Formula 1 team presents a huge challenge in itself. Transporting McLaren-Honda’s entire race team operations across Europe in an efficient, reliable and, most importantly, safe manner is no mean feat, and we knew that partnering with Volvo Trucks as an official supplier would fit that bill perfectly.

“Like McLaren, Volvo Trucks prides itself on an enviable heritage in its field. They have been in operation for more than 80 years and built an impressive reputation for strong, reliable and economical transport products. We are looking forward to receiving the first trucks from the new Volvo FH fleet from April onwards, and working with Volvo Trucks to refine our logistics solutions as the relationship progresses.”

Mike Corcoran, Commercial Director at Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland, said: “We are extremely proud to have been selected as a supplier by McLaren-Honda. Our two companies share a number of values – particularly so in terms of our approach to quality and innovation, and we are both very much leaders in the use of technology. We are both winners in the race to find technological solutions to a very different set of transport challenges: McLaren on the track, and Volvo Trucks on the roads and highways of the world.”



All-new Pajero Sport Mid-size SUV Coming To Town

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced the first full-redesign of the Pajero Sport mid-size SUV in seven years in Thailand, where it is produced at Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co. Ltd.’s Laem Chabang Plant. Sales start in Thailand from this fall, and MMC plans to introduce the all-new Pajero Sport sequentially in Australia, the ASEAN nations, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Russia and, as with its predecessor, to sell the new model in some 90 countries.

The all-new Pajero Sport is a new-generation mid-size SUV developed to a “Stylish & Comfortable Off-road SUV” concept. A full-feature off-road SUV inheriting the best of the Pajero brand, the all-new Pajero Sport brings with it a refined and high-quality exterior design, high-quality vehicle performance and a comfortable interior, environmental performance on a par with the best in its class, and a comprehensive advanced safety features.

In its appearance, the all-new Pajero Sport uses the MMC’s new “Dynamic Shield” front face design concept, a further evolution of the design nurtured in successive models of the Pajero series. The high-quality stylish design uses both sporty and dynamic elements to set it apart from conventional cross-country SUVs. The interior uses a high console proportion dashboard, as befits a larger SUV, while dynamically styled silver-finish ornamentation and sculpted seats add to its luxurious feel.

Handling stability, ride and quietness have all been improved through optimization of the suspension and improvements to the body mounts. In addition, the use of a new diesel engine and upgraded sound insulation provide a significant reduction in interior noise and this together with further upgraded comfortable seats and climate control system has achieved an interior space offering a higher level of comfort.


All-new Pajero Sport

The all-new Pajero Sport is powered by a 2.4L MIVEC turbo diesel engine (first for a Pajero Sport). Mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission (first for a Mitsubishi model) developed for the all-new Pajero Sport, this powertrain returns a 17-percent improvement in fuel economy over its predecessor. It also achieves CO2 emissions of under 200 g/km which puts it into the lowest bracket of the new excise tax structure to be introduced in Thailand in January 2016.

The all-new Pajero Sport comes with a very comprehensive active and passive safety features. MMC’s own RISE impact safety body design and a total of seven SRS airbags provide occupants with outstanding passive safety. Active safety features include Forward Collision Mitigation system (FCM), the Blind Spot Warning system (BSW, a first on a Mitsubishi model) and the Ultrasonic misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS). In addition the all-new Pajero Sport is fitted with many advanced features which go well beyond what normally found in this class such as an electric parking brake (first on a Mitsubishi model), a Multi-around Monitor and fully automatic climate control allowing different temperatures to be set for driver and front seat passenger.

The all-new Pajero Sport uses a further-evolved version of MMC’s own Super-Select 4WD-II four-wheel drive system. This is complemented by the new Off-road Mode (first on a Mitsubishi model), which gives even better all-terrain performance and stability as the road surface requires, and by Hill Descent Control (first on a Mitsubishi model). Together with its greater wading depth, all these features combine to provide the kind of bad road or flooded surface performance only to be found in the Pajero brand.

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The production of the previous Pajero Sport started in Thailand in 2008 and it was launched in Russia same year, after which it was rolled out sequentially in Thailand, the ASEAN nations, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Australia and China. Local production of the model also began in Brazil in January 2011, in Vietnam in July 2011, Bangladesh in August 2011, in Russia in July 2013 and in China in October 2013. Cumulative unit sales had reached some 400,000 at the end of June 2015 and today the Pajero Sport enjoys a broad user base in a wide spectrum of regions.


Emission standards today and for the future

Today’s Euro VI standard enforces a large reduction in pollutants, with over 99% reduction in Particulate Matter and over 97% reduction in NOx – both a danger to human health. CO2 is not currently included in any truck emissions standard as it is not a regulated emission. However, It is directly linked to fuel use, with a 5% saving in fuel being a 5% reduction in CO2.

Moving forward, no one is quite sure what Euro VII will address and when it will be implemented, but it is highly likely that it will feature a CO2 measurement for the first time.

Fighting growing emissions

Making up just 3% of vehicles on EU roads, lorries are responsible for 25% of road transport emissions and ca. 6% of total EU emissions. That share is increasing; between 1990 and 2010 lorry emissions rose by 36%, and without action they could increase by another 22% by 2030 (source).

The majority of trucks on the road are diesel powered, and there is now growing concern over the links between diesel emissions and human health problems. Already five EU countries, including the UK, are urging the European Commission to push ahead with tighter emission controls for HDVs in Europe.

The technology to make trucks more efficient is here

Emissions standards and advanced testing procedures will play a vital role in cutting emissions post-the Paris Climate Summit, but fuel-saving truck technology can play a huge role too. According to European Commission studies, the technology we need to make trucks 35% more efficient without increasing the cost of ownership for hauliers is already here. Better aerodynamics, tires, incremental powertrain improvements and advanced technologies such as waste heat recovery and hybridisation all play a part.


Emissions, A Global Growing Problem

The last Paris Climate Change Conference put vehicle emissions firmly back on the agenda. With world leaders gathering to negotiate tighter emissions targets for our planet, companies relying on and producing heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) took note. For almost three decades Europe has sought to control HDV emissions in a bid to protect human health and reduce greenhouse gases.

Emissions standards history

  1. Europe first introduced heavy-duty vehicle emission standards in 1988.
  2. The now familiar “Euro” standard was introduced in 1992 with increasingly stringent standards implemented every few years. Many countries have developed regulations that are closely aligned with these European standards.
  3. Euro I (1992) and Euro II (1996) applied to both truck engines and urban buses
  4. Euro III (2000), Euro IV (2005) and Euro V (2008) followed in succession, setting out stricter voluntary emission limits for extra low emission vehicles, known as Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicles (EEVs)
  5. In 2001, the European Commission introduced a new directive prohibiting the use of emission defeat devices and “irrational” emission control strategies – the type of devices and strategies that have caused widespread concern following the VW emission test scandal last year
  6. In 2005, durability and on-board diagnostic (OBD) requirements were introduced for trucks driving in the EU
  7. Euro VI emission standards became effective from 2013/2014, and are comparable in stringency to the US 2010 standards. These latest Euro VI standards introduced particle number (PN) emission limits, stricter OBD requirements and a several new testing requirements, including in-use and off-cycle testing



Land Rover reveals one-off Paul Smith Defender


To coincide with London Fashion Week 2016, Land Rover has released a film of its collaboration with British designer, Sir Paul Smith, to create a bespoke Defender – which was revealed ahead of the last of the current Defenders reaching the end of production.


Paul worked closely with Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) design team – which offers individual customer commissions and personalisation – to create a unique vehicle, built entirely to his own specification. With guidance from Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern, he was able to realise his uniquely-personal version of this global automotive icon.


In order to achieve the look he wanted, Paul gave the SVO team a set of Pantone colour references, which were then specially mixed to create the 27 colours used for the vehicle’s exterior.


Speaking of the bespoke vehicle, Sir Paul Smith said: “Inside, black leather contrasts against blue stitching and there are lots of little hidden details throughout. For example, there is an image of a set of keys printed inside the glove compartment. Then there is a hand-painted bee on the roof, which is another little tongue-in-cheek reference to the countryside and the heritage of the car. Also, the traditional Defender clock has been replaced with a Paul Smith fascia. My designs are known for their attention to detail, so I didn’t want this Defender to be any different.”


Renault plant to produce next-gen Nissan NV300


Groupe Renault today announced that its Sandouville plant in northwest France will build the next-generation light commercial vehicle for Nissan.

Nissan NV300 production shall increase the factory’s output by 100,000 units between 2016 and 2026.

A three-year work and €230 million investment have transformed Sandouville, near Le Havre, into a center of excellence for van production. The Nissan NV300 will be made on the same line as the new Renault Trafic.

“The production of the Nissan NV300 at the Sandouville plant is a win-win for Renault and for Nissan. We maximize Renault manufacturing expertise and Nissan gets a top quality production site in the heart of the European market,” said Carlos Ghosn, Renault Chief Executive Officer.

Sandouville also produces a version of Vivaro for Opel and Vauxhaul. The plant will soon begin production of the next-generation Fiat mid-size van.

Nissan and Renault are also developing a one-tonne pickup for Renault that will share select architectural features of the Nissan NP300.

Sandouville produced 93,000 Trafic last year. The plant produces more than 460 vans per day for Renault and its partners. Renault is adding 183 new positions at the plant.

The Renault Agreement: “Contract for a new dynamic of Renault growth and social development in France”, signed on March 2013 , between Renault and union representatives, paved the way for increased efficiency at Renault’s plants throughout France. It opened the door to strategic partnerships that promote growth like the production of Nissan NV300 in Sandouville plant.

Engines for Trafic and Nissan NV300 are produced by Renault Groupe’s Cléon plant in Normandy, which specialises in high-precision powertrain production.

In 2015, Renault was Europe’s best-selling LCV brand for the 18th consecutive year.

Renault’s expertise has earned recognition in the demanding and growing LCV segment. Groupe Renault engineers and produces not only for its own brands but also for other manufacturers.

Mercedes Citan and Renault Kangoo are produced at the Renault factory in Maubeuge (North of France). At Batilly plant, Renault manufactures vans for Nissan (NV400), Opel and Vauxhall (Movano) as well as Master for Renault and Renault Trucks.


MAN Upgrades The TGX Trucks In 2016

MAN is offering its customers several upgraded equipment features in the TGX D38. The top model is tailor-made for extraordinarily efficient driving at low speeds. For its flagship model, MAN is placing a consistent focus on the total cost of operation (TCO): the TGX D38 driveline has undergone rigorous development and, since summer 2015, has featured a new generation of gearboxes in the form of the MAN TipMatic TX, along with extended convenience functions. In the new model generation, the EfficientCruise assistant uses even more functions to save fuel.

EfficientCruise and EfficientRoll 

Since the EfficientCruise GPS cruise control system was launched on the market, the system has been impressing customers and specialist media with its driver-orientated adjustment, detailed route preview and fuel savings of around six percent. MAN has already sold approximately 9000 vehicles with EfficientCruise.

MAN has further improved the anticipatory speed adjustment of the EfficientCruise system. In the 2016 model generation, the system also controls the EfficientRoll coasting mode, thereby combining the advantages of both systems. In conjunction with EfficientRoll, the new EfficientCruise always activates the coasting function if this will actually save fuel. To do this, the system uses stored 3D map information of the route.

Furthermore, EfficientCruise actively proactively intervenes in the gear selection and shifts down to the most appropriate gear in good time before inclines so that there is no interruption to tractive force when going uphill. For short inclines, the vehicle completely prevents downshifts if possible. To save more fuel, the vehicle shifts up in good time once the hill has been climbed.

The system is based on a route preview that is calculated using the 3D map information saved on the on-board computer and the vehicle’s location based on satellite signals (GPS). This means the vehicle automatically drives in a forward-looking manner – in other words, it builds up momentum before the incline and then reduces speed to roll over the brow of the hill. Using EfficientCruise in long-haul or distribution transport can lower a vehicle’s fuel consumption by up to six per cent without incurring any time loss along the way. The assistant supports the driver on long distances by taking over the challenging task of always knowing when it is best to accelerate.

The assistant’s tried and trusted operation will not change with the 2016 generation: based on the desired speed chosen by the driver and the speed tolerance that can be set to four levels, EfficientCruise calculates the suitable speed for consumption-optimised driving on uphill and downhill gradients and adapts the vehicle speed accordingly. The driver can adjust the tolerance level for deviations from the set speed at any time to suit the driving scenario. Four field-tested levels make it easier for the driver to choose the right setting. When switching on, level 3 is selected automatically, which corresponds to a spread of +/- 7 km/h. Level 4 allows for even greater leeway both upwards and downwards for low traffic volumes; levels 1 and 2 are good driving options when traffic is heavier.

Optimised driveline with new convenience functions 

The MAN top model uncompromisingly combines driving dynamics and fuel efficiency. The two-stage-turbocharging makes full torque available for the engine at 930 rpm. The maximum torques of 2500 Nm (520 hp), 2700 Nm (560 hp) and 3000 Nm (640 hp heavy duty) are available in all gear speeds.

The TGX D38 is therefore tailor-made for extraordinarily efficient long-haul driving at low speeds. Customers can select fuel-saving high drive ratios without sacrificing drive comfort or losing out on flexibility. To do this, MAN has carried out consistent development of the TGX D38 driveline and integrated the MAN TipMatic TX gearbox generation with new convenience functions in the vehicle.

The direct-drive version of the TipMatic TX gearbox is designed for the high torque of 2500 to 2700 Nm produced by the D38 engines. This means MAN is able to offer particularly efficient driveline configurations for all performance levels for long-haul driving and for traction vehicles with a gross train weight of up to 70 tonnes.

The MAN TipMatic TX has a particularly high spread across the 12 gears (16.69–1). A low transmission ratio for the “highest” gear allows it to be combined with axle transmission optimised for long-haul transport, thus saving fuel when driving at very low speeds. At the same time, a high transmission ratio for the “lowest” gear allows for slow driving and convenient manoeuvring, despite the low rear axle transmission. This reduces the wear on the clutch.

For customers buying the top model, they can choose from a wide range of convenience functions for the driveline. These functions ensure the TGX D38 is particularly efficient at high capacity.

Gradient sensor and Active Damping: thanks to the integrated gradient sensor, the TGX D38 takes the current topography into account when selecting a gear. The driveline always finds the right gear for moving off – whether driving uphill, with an empty vehicle or with full loads. The high transmission-ratio spread and a newly developed clutch actuator help to achieve excellent moving-off and manoeuvring behaviour. The new “Active Driveline Damping” function helps the driver move off smoothly, even under difficult driving conditions, while an anti-cyclic, pulsed clutch actuator counteracts vibrations in the driveline.

Manoeuvring feature and rocking-free function: MAN has optimised the manoeuvring feature in the new generation: the interaction between the accelerator position and clutch controls has been designed to function even more smoothly, so that the driver can manoeuvre more accurately at the loading ramp or when picking up swap bodies. The MAN TGX D38 also offers a rocking-free function. This makes it easier for vehicles to move off when stuck on snow-covered roads or on construction sites, for example. If the function is activated, the clutch opens very quickly, so long as the driver has lifted off the accelerator. If the accelerator is pressed again the clutch closes, allowing the driver to carefully rock the vehicle free. A suitable gear is selected automatically here in order to reduce the torque to the drive wheels and thus avoid wheel spin.

Speed shifting: thanks to the engine, clutch and gearbox control being specially coordinated, the MAN TipMatic TX shifts between the three highest gears – 10th, 11th and 12th – more quickly. This means, for example, that the gearbox can shift down more quickly when going uphill and the torque for tractive force interruption is shortened. This in turn means that greater momentum is maintained, saving the vehicle’s fuel.

EfficientRoll: the EfficientRoll gearbox function is designed for motorway and country road stretches that run gently downhill. Even on almost flat stretches, fuel can be saved as the vehicle automatically shifts to neutral and coasts, without the vehicle’s speed being reduced by engine braking. The new generation EfficientCruise assistant automatically activates EfficientRoll and always when fuel can be saved.

Idle Speed Driving: the Idle Speed Driving function uses the high torque of the 15.2-litre engine at low speeds, providing greater comfort when driving slowly and allowing for greater fuel-savings. This is particularly practical in stop-go traffic or when coasting up to a roundabout. In such situations, the vehicle will continue to move forward with the engine at idling speed and the clutch closed, as long as the driver does not brake.

New generation safety systems with sensor fusion

An emergency braking assistant is fitted as standard in the MAN TGX D38. This includes all vehicle types affected by carriage recertification requirements from November 2015, and therefore the vast majority of MAN trucks. The EBA emergency braking assistant fitted by MAN since July 2015 already exceeds the stricter legal requirements for Level 2 which come into force in November 2018 for newly registered vehicles. This means that customers are purchasing a high-value and future-proof system.

MAN’s new generation of the EBA emergency braking system combines information from the radar sensor in the front end and from the windscreen-mounted camera. This sensor fusion allows the system to make trustworthy interpretations of situations on the road. Vehicles in front and stationary obstructions can be identified faster and with greater certitude. The system thus gains time to initiate emergency braking earlier if so required. In an emergency the vehicle can thus shed more speed and come to a halt some valuable metres sooner.

The EBA reacts to a detected emergency braking object and to the absence of driver response (either a change of lane or braking) with a number of measures spread over time. The driver is warned first by a penetrating warning tone and a message on the display. At this moment, the brake lines are already pre-filled so as to shorten the response. At the same time, the brake lights are activated, in order to give timely warning to vehicles behind.

In addition, the MAN EBA system cuts the engine torque as early as the warning phase. This represents a further noticeable warning effect for a driver who may not be paying attention. Should the driver not react, the brakes will be applied automatically as a warning (warning braking). If the risk of collision is still likely and the driver is failing to react, the EBA initiates emergency braking which under ideal conditions prevents driving into the obstacle, even from full speed at 80 km/h.

The interaction of the radar and camera significantly reduces the risk of unjustified warnings since two technologies can be used for object recognition. MAN thus achieves its aim of bothering the driver as little as possible with warning signals.

Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) 

In the event of emergency braking, the Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) activates not only the brake lights but also the hazard warning lights which flash rapidly (emergency braking flashing) and thus signal an emergency situation to vehicles behind. Trials have demonstrated that timely warning helps prevent rear-end shunts.

The new Lane Guard System (LGS) and ACC

The new Lane Guard System (LGS) uses the latest camera technology. This makes for greater accuracy in lane detection and a minimum of unjustified warnings. At speeds above 60 km/h the LGS monitors the vehicle’s position with respect to the lane and warns the driver should he accidentally cross the lane markings.

Additional functions improve the driver’s comfort. The new system detects autonomously when lane conditions change: a reliable warning is only possible when right-hand and left-hand lane markings are present and the lane exceeds a minimum width. The new LGS also takes into account the fact that many drivers for the sake of safety like to drive on the outside of the lane – that is, at the right edge in countries which drive on the right – and for this side of the lane gives a warning later. The system also adjusts automatically to whether the country drives on the left or on the right. The driver can thus enjoy the pleasure of an adaptive warning philosophy.

The Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which is regulated by distance, automatically adapts the speed of travel on motorways and dual carriageways and maintains a suitable safety gap.

ACC is an intelligent development of cruise control which also controls vehicles’ brake systems. This particularly supports the driver on long stretches of motorway driving. Automatically maintaining the correct safety distance significantly increases road safety. The new ACC works to do this with two independent sensor systems: a radar and a camera. When the radar sensor detects vehicles ahead, it calculates their speed, distance and position in relation to your vehicle. The camera in the windscreen independently recognises objects and also records the roadway markings. The camera and radar are in constant communication and compare their results. This means the vehicle in front can be detected with a high level of precision and reliability even on difficult routes. The MAN system with a camera and radar functions more reliably on twisty country roads than systems that solely rely on a radar.

The EPS anti-slip function is also fitted as standard, and additionally controls semitrailer and trailer braking.

LED daytime driving lights and automatic rain/light sensors 

From early 2016, the front of the TGS and TGX models will feature a new, more striking light design with LED daytime driving lights in the main headlights. This will include an integrated horizontal light bar, which will be permanently active during driving. The LED side lights and the LED daytime driving lights will be implemented here with different brightness levels. The LED daytime driving lights will provide increased visibility while consuming significantly less energy.

From early 2016, it will be possible to fit an automatic lighting system on all models on request. If the driver selects the “Auto” function on the light switch, the vehicle will automatically switch the dipped headlights on and off based on the ambient light level. For example, when darkness falls or when driving through a tunnel during the day, the low-beam headlights are automatically switched on via a twilight sensor. The low-beam headlights are also activated in the rain (if the windscreen wiper is switched on continuously). This means other road users can see your vehicle more easily. The limiting lights and side marker lights are also controlled by the system.

The automatic lighting system can also be combined with an automatic rain sensing system if required. This system switches the windscreen wiper on and off, and controls the wiping interval up to continuous wiping. The sensitivity of the automatic rain sensing system can be adjusted by the driver ergonomically and intuitively by turning a rotary control on the drop arm. The driver can select the interval-pause length in four setting steps. The large rain-sensing surface at the lower edge of the windscreen used by the MAN system guarantees the rain intensity is detected very reliably.

Positive impact on TCO

The new features anticipated for the 2016 model year will have a positive impact upon total cost of ownership (TCO).  The overall benefit of the separate and distinct saving effects of the new MAN EfficientCruise combined with EfficientRoll and the functionalities of the TipMatic TX gearbox will be clearly apparent to the operator when maintaining the vehicle. For those fleets that set high standards in terms of transportation efficiency, vehicles from the TGX D38 series are therefore also recommended.

In late autumn 2015, using employees and external drivers, MAN completed test drives of the MAN TGX D38 already with the 2016 model year efficiency features on a route of moderately difficult topography in Eastern and Northern Bavaria. The TGX 18.560 4×2 BLS, the current flagship of the MAN long-haul fleet, was up against the previous top-of-the-range product from the Euro 5 period – the TGX 18.680 4×2 BLS with the 120 HP more powerful V8 engine. With reduced consumption of around 15 percent, the result came out very clearly in favour of the current top fuel saving system. Another positive aspect was the fact that the MAN TGX D38 had virtually the same average speed (a difference of 1 to 2 km/h). With the MAN EfficientCruise able to read the topography of the route, the driver also reported feeling more relaxed at the end of the drive. Without this assistance system, the driver of the TGX V8 did not have this option as he was only able to see as far as the crest of the next hill and was thus unable to use the accelerator in an optimal way for the route

Visual improvements: MAN style packages in the TGX

MAN is introducing three style packages for the TGX series – Euro 6 version – as new for the start of 2016. These will improve the look of the vehicle and heighten the appeal to those drivers who love to customise their working vehicle. In-plant assembly means that the subsequent addition of supplier parts is no longer required. The customer receives everything from MAN from a single source with the necessary entries in the vehicle papers.

The exterior style package includes steps and a set of roof-fitted headlights in stainless steel, two compressed air horns on the roof, sunblind and door extension. Both stainless steel front and side bars and stainless steel front axle covers and wheel nut caps can be added to this package as an option. The basic style package is slightly less comprehensive. This comprises door extension, sunblind, compressed-air horns and a Metal Eye insert in the instrument panel. The style package improves both the interior and exterior of the MAN TGX. The leather lining, leather seat covers, multifunction steering wheel and Metal Eye insert contribute to the high-quality feel of the interior. The door extension, sunblind and air horn are part of this externally.