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Fixed costs attract haulier to strike first MAN deal

New MAN TGX put through its paces on longer haul routes

Leading truck manufacturer MAN Truck & Bus UK has delivered its first vehicle with Northern Ireland haulier J Adams Transport and Sons.

It is also the first deal struck by new MAN sales executive Mark Lennox since he joined the firm from a career in the automotive industry.

Company owner John Adams said: “Mark arranged for us to have the de-monstrator in and it seemed to have gone down well with the drivers, but it wasn’t until I drove it – to return it to MAN - that I realised what a good drive it was and decided I was definitely interested in adding one to the fleet.

“One of our contracts sees us doing runs across to the mainland and travelling to and from Carlisle and Cumbernauld as often as three times a week. The MAN TGX is used for those routes because of the contract hire package we have secured. It helps us to know exactly how much we are going to be paying each month.”

John added: “The driver who makes these runs has also praised the comfort of the cabs – in fact he said he has had the best night’s sleep in the MAN cab than he has had in any other.”

Mark Lennox said: “The MAN TGX has been on the road for a few weeks with J Adams Transport and Sons and has already established itself as a cost-effective addition to the fleet.

“The fact that the customer has a set cost each month for the vehicle each month is certainly an attractive prospect for any haulier and we are glad we have been able to meet John’s expectations with the MAN 26.480.”

Vehicle spec:

Model: TGX 26.480 6x2/2 BLS

Cab: XXL sleeper

Air management kit

Engine : D2676LF 6 cylinder

12.4 litre

Power: 480hp at 1800 rpm

Torque: 2300Nm at 930 – 1400 rpm “TopTorque” engine (2500 Nm in top 2 gears)

Gearbox: MAN Tipmatic 12 Speed

Suspension: Steel/Air

Wheelbase: 2600mm

Plated weight: 44000kg GTW