MAN TGM: The Ultimate All-rounder Municipal Vehicle
When it comes to municipal tasks such as transporting waste, emptying pits and extracting sludge and waterway or road maintenance, the MAN TGM is the ideal vehicle and an all-rounder to help with all such on-road and off-road operations. The truck also impresses with its low fuel consumption, made possible by the extremely lightweight frame design with maximum stability and loading capacity.
In the case of one of MAN’s municipal customer, the hydraulic engineers at their water service depots who work on waterway maintenance on a daily basis require a reliable mobile partner for on-road and off-road operations. The compact two-axle and specially equipped MAN TGM truck for the water service municipal was fitted with a wheelbase of 3,600 mm in all-wheel design and with an upward-facing exhaust system that could handle fording depths of up to 70 centimeters.
With special off-road tires that is so high off the ground that typical operating areas including sodden fields, slippery slopes and muddy tracks do not pose any problems for the vehicle. The model also came with a PTG tire pressure system, so that the tire pressure in each wheel can be individually reduced or increased as required.
The sophisticated but intuitive transfer case lock management (VSM) also ensures excellent off-road capability. The driver can use the standard MAN rotary switch to select all switching and locking operations – controlling everything single-handedly. Another safety feature ensures that it is only possible to switch between on-road and off-road gear ratios when the vehicle is stationary and the gearbox is in neutral.
The integrated hill-climbing brake provides additional assistance, as it enables the driver to make hill starts without the vehicle rolling backwards. This eases the strain on the driver during difficult maneuvers, reduces the risk of accidents caused by the vehicle rolling backwards, and reduces wear on the clutch and gearbox.
The MAN ABS for off-road operation, the off-road logic for the anti-lock braking system, is particularly useful when driving on unsurfaced roads. This feature increases the braking effect on soft ground such as gravel, sand, mud or wet snow, by building up a braking wedge from loose surface material in front of the tires.
The driver and passengers can also enjoy the benefits of a comfortable workplace in the cab. The driver can settle back into an air-sprung comfort seat with lumbar support, shoulder adjustment and seat heating. A passenger seat bench with individual seats allows two additional colleagues to travel in comfort.
“When it comes to municipal vehicles, nothing is more important than maximizing efficiency, minimizing operating costs and environmental compatibility. We are confident that MAN TGM trucks can help provide tried and tested technical solutions for any municipal application”, said Hartmut Muller, Managing Director of MAN Truck and Bus (M) Sdn Bhd.