MAN TGX named International Truck of the Year 2021

Judges praise its driver comfort, fuel efficiency and innovative services

The new MAN TGX has scooped the International Truck of the Year (ITOY) 2021 award, with judges praising its driving comfort, fuel efficiency and innovative services.

In a virtual ceremony, Andreas Tostmann, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus, accepted the coveted award from ITOY President Gianenrico Griffini. The jury of 24 trade journalists representing 24 specialist truck journals from around Europe recognised the new MAN TGX as being particularly advanced in terms of driving comfort, working and living conditions, safety, fuel efficiency, connectivity, innovative services, and operator control and display philosophy.

“The title ‘International Truck of the Year’ is tremendous recognition for the outstanding work put in by our team at MAN,” said Tostmann. “For more than five years now, the team has been working with a single objective in mind: to develop the best truck for drivers and our customers and to get it out on the road. This coveted award just goes to show: We did it.”

The MAN TGX was launched in February as part of the German marque’s New Truck Generation, its first for 20 years.

The members of the ITOY jury were also impressed with how the driver’s workplace is clearly arranged, with fully digital display instruments, intuitively operable driving and multimedia functions incorporated into the new, adjustable multifunction steering wheel and the innovative, rotary pushbutton control function of the MAN SmartSelect system.

ITOY jurors were just as positive about the living conditions in the new driver’s cab. During the test drives, they were impressed by the efficiency of the Euro 6d driveline of the new MAN TGX, which offers fuel savings of up to 8.2% compared to the previous version when coupled with the aerodynamic refinement of the cab design and the GPS cruise control system MAN EfficientCruise, which now exhibits an even greater degree of anticipation.

The jury also highlighted the high level of safety, which, with functions such as the radar-based turn assist and lane change support systems, Lane Return Assist and assisted driving in traffic jams, not only takes pressure off the driver but also contributes significantly to the safety of other road users.

Lastly, the new MAN TGX the high degree of connectivity provided by the MAN TGX’s electronic architecture, which is the first of its kind in the commercial vehicle sector, and the range of digital services associated therewith, also garnered praise from the jury.

“The new MAN TGX represents a major step forward in terms of driver comfort, fuel efficiency, connectivity and human-machine interface. It is a future-oriented truck that meets the transport needs of today and tomorrow,” said ITOY president Gianenrico Griffini, summarising the jury members’ verdict at the awards ceremony.

The annual International Truck of the Year award is presented to the truck released in the last 12 months that has made the greatest contribution to the sustainable development of road haulage. The evaluation criteria are technical innovations and refinements, but also innovation that contributes to overall cost-effectiveness, safety and environmental relief.

You can read Thomas Hemmerich, UK managing director of MAN, talking about the MAN TGX in the current issue of Commercial Vehicle Engineer

Dan Parton
Dan Parton
Dan Parton is a former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK’s biggest selling truck magazine. He is now writes for The Van Expert and The Truck Expert.

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