Abacus Logistics Ltd based in Southampton, Hampshire, on the south coast of England, has recently taken delivery of the first New Generation MAN TGX to be handed over in the UK.
The 44-tonne TGX 6×2, 26.510 tractor, wearing the distinctive Abacus A-roadway design livery, features the New Generation flagship GX cab and is highly specified to meet the exacting requirements of the Abacus Logistics fleet.
Peter Carr, CEO Abacus Logistics Ltd, commented: “This is a great honour for us to be chosen as the first UK operator to take delivery of the UK’s first new generation MAN truck.
“We have a long and established relationship with MAN and this new flagship will join our existing fleet of 35 44 tonne vehicles.”
Based just meters from the main entrance to Southampton Docks, the second-largest container port in the UK, Abacus Logistics’ New MAN TGX will be joined by five other new MAN tractors delivering both imported containerised goods and palletised products across the UK and collecting customer consignments for export through the Hampshire port.
Peter continued, “As a family run business we all, across the entire team, pride ourselves in the relationships we have with our loyal customer base, an approach that we know is both appreciated and valued. Over the last few years MAN have clearly adopted the same approach and their customer first level of service, support and focus is clear to see.
“The local dealership in Southampton, Harwoods Truck and Van Centre, Totton, understands the requirements of our business, their link in our success and the need to keep our vehicles 100 percent turnkey ready at all times.”
Abacuses’ new MAN, a TGX 26.510 6×2, featuring the range-topping flagship GX Cab, is adorned with the latest driver creature comforts which ensure a safe and comfortable working environment. Safety a key requirement within the Abacus Logistics fleet is addressed in the form of ESP, EBA, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-Go, MAN’s advanced Lane Departure warning system and LED cornering lights.
Driver comfort is assured with the fitment of MAN comfort steering, MAN advanced Media System including satellite navigation, a multi-function steering wheel, electric glass sunroof and MAN’s revolutionary SmartSelect truck-optimised Infotainment control. Drua-Bright aluminium wheels add to the tailored and professional appearance.
Peter continued, “Safety, driver comfort and fuel efficiency are all major consideration factors when we look at purchasing new vehicles. We need to ensure that do all we can to protect both our drivers throughout their working days and at the same time other vulnerable road users.
“High levels of comfort help ensure our drivers are both happy and productive during their day, and as fuel amounts to around 30 percent of total vehicle running costs, having an efficient and clean vehicle is paramount. We feel we have addressed all of these needs with MAN.”
Powered by the latest generation MAN Euro6D D26, 12.4 litre, 510 hp, six-cylinder engine, which deliverers 2,600 Nm from 930 rpm, the New Generation TGX features a new low friction drive axle which through its long axle drive ratio helps optimise fuel-efficiency to the tune of an eight percent saving when compared to previous Euro6C drivetrain.
Established in 2004 Abacus Logistics Ltd offers a variety of efficient, reliable and secure road freight services, including import and export container haulage, reefer services, express pallet distribution and storage. All vehicles have GPS tracking systems which delivers accurate information to customers about their goods location and delivery status.
“We’re looking forward to both handing this new vehicle over to our driver, who is very excited to be handed the keys to the first new generation TGX in the UK and seeing the telematics feedback which will I’m sure support MAN’s eight percent MPG improvement.” concluded Peter.
As well as specialising in containerised delivery services Abacus Logistics also offers a devanning service for containers of all sizes. This includes devanning and delivering a wide range of items, from small cartons of personal effects to classic cars and boats. They can also help customers with Export agents, Custom clearance, Vehicle exports and imports, Packing services and a comprehensive range of light, heavy, international, road and low-loader haulage services.
Patrick Farbrace, General Sales Manager, South West, MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd, said: “We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to work with Peter and the team at Abacus Logistics once again and to deliver this very special vehicle, TGX Number 1 of the NEW Generation in the UK, to such a nice family company.
“We have all worked hard to ensure that we deliver a vehicle, or in this case five new vehicles, that we know will perform well and meet Abacus Logistics exacting specification. It’s also hugely gratifying to see and understand the forged working and partnering relationship between Peter and the team and our local franchised dealership Harwoods Truck and Van Centre, Totton.
Abacus Logistics Ltd’s new TGX tractors are all covered by MAN’s 3 year Comfort Supper R&M package and MAN’s fully comprehensive warranty support package. Providing a tailored package the six new vehicles were funded by MAN Financial Services.
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