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MAN to unveil updates for TGM and TGL at Hannover
By Oliver Dixon MAN IS TO launch updated versions of its TGM and TGL medium and lightweight trucks at this year's IAA Show in Hannover.
Revisions to both ranges which were launched jointly three years ago include enlarged interior storage space, improved temperature-controlled drivers' seats, and what MAN calls -improved ergonomics".
Externally, both TGL and TOM get a smoothed-over front grille, giving them a closer family resemblance to the larger TGX and TGS models, a feature that MAN claims will reduce both drag effect and interior wind noise.
Both model ranges are powered by MAN'S D08 engine, which will be supplied in Euro-5 guise, and which relies solely on EGR to comply with the emissions legislation due in October 2009. Significantly, though, MAN will also offer EEV-certified versions across the entire TGL and TGM range. EEV st atu s is achieve d by the fitting of a PM-KAT (MAN's filter system), and there are a number of as-yet-unconfirmed rumours that some European governments notably Germany may offer an incentive for operators who opt for EEV-certified vehicles rather than the base level Euro-5. Also likely to be incentivised in Germany are the vehicles' optional safety features, which include ESP.
MAN will exhibit a hybridised version of the TGL at this year's Hannover Show, but its current manufacturing cost around €20,000 means that there is, according to MAN technical chief Karl-Viktor Schaller, no business case for it as yet.