At MAN’s eve of CV Show press briefing on Monday, Des Evans, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus UK, was in typical buoyant mood announcing a telematics package for its ‘TopUsed’ customers. His message included a new insurance deal and a staunch vindication of the company’s Euro-6 in-service performance to date, claiming its second generation technology is überefficient.
Rael Winetroube, Head of MAN’s ‘TopUsed’ announced that from 1 May its used vehicle buyers will have access to the vehicles’ built-in Fleet Management System, complete with driver and vehicle performance reporting package. Winetroube claimed it as a ‘first’ and would cost only £22 a month.
Evans cast aside the doomsayers from last year’s CV show who were predicting big increases in operating costs, saying, “Scare-mongering on prices and reports of increased fuel consumption saw a strong sales growth in our late Euro-5 models.” He went on to claim that their Euro-6 tractors are delivering improvements in both fuel and AdBlue economy against their own Euro-5 product, and other makers Euro-6 offerings.
He also offered hard words for those skimping on maintenance regimes with a reminder that on board diagnostics (OBD) systems will not hesitate to initiate a ‘limp home’ mode.
MAN Financial Services has also unveiled a new insurance package, with CEO Peter Collins adding, “There have been tremendous advances in our telematics technology, particularly with forward facing cameras, and usage among our operators means we are now able to offer some of the very best, cost-effective fleet insurance policies.”
CEO Evans confirmed a full Euro-6 line-up of TGL, TGM, TGS and TGX models for the MAN show stand.