MAN launches flagship TGX D38

Combining European design with Australian tweaks, MAN’s new TGX flagship model aims at the B-double market

MAN launches flagship TGX D38
The new MAN TGX D38 is currently available from Penske Commercial Vehicles.


MAN Truck & Bus has launched the TGX D38 during an event hosted by Penske Corporation chairman Roger Penske in Brisbane today.

The new TGX flagship model, the MAN’s D38 joins the Australian heavy-duty market on the back of an 18-month test period in local conditions.

Offering a 15.2-litre, six-cylinder engine with 560hp at 2,000ft-lb and maximum torque at 930rpm, the new MAN is targeted at long distance B-double applications.

When it comes to transmission, the D38 ships with an automated manual 12-speed Traxion Transmission shifting system, which offers three fuel-efficient modes and GPS-controlled cruise control from MAN EfficientCruise.

The cruise control system utilises topographical map data to foresee route gradients ahead and optimise the required fuel consumption.

Speaking at the launch, Penske says the Australian arm of Penkse Commercial Vehicles worked in conjunction with MAN Germany to tailor the truck for the local environment.

"The MAN D38 has been engineered for local customers, and with their needs of economy at the fore," Penske says.

"I believe that the MAN D38 package from Penske Commercial Vehicles will quickly become an attractive and viable business option, giving our customers the edge they need."

Echoing Penske’s remarks, MAN Truck & Bus Australia general manager Mark Mello says the new D38 combines economy and power.

"Given our reliance on truck transportation in Australia and the distances between cities, efficiency and productivity are the key factors that dictate business success today," Mello says.

"The MAN TGX D38 strikes an excellent balance of capacity and cost efficiency, and is built specifically for customers who transport high-gross combination weights.

"We believe these qualities stand operators requiring B-double and heavy-duty applications in Australia in good stead."

The new MAN TGX D38 is currently available from Penske Commercial Vehicles.

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