Neil Templeman, company chairman of Templeman Retailing & Vending, said: “I was both delighted and amazed to receive a call from MAN informing me that one of our new vehicles was indeed the 150,000th MAN to be sold in the UK; who would have thought? It’s an incredible milestone for MAN and we’re thrilled to be part of their journey.
“Once the initial conversation had sunk in we started to think how we could work with MAN Truck & Bus to ensure the truck was indeed a standout spectacle, something that would catch the eye of other road users, stick out at truck shows representing our business, and be a guaranteed conversation piece.”
The GX cab, which is painted in factory Nardo Grey, has an airbrushed lion on each side. A lion’s head adorns the cab’s rear wall, where you’ll also find the St Andrew’s Cross and St George’s flag. It also features Alcoa Dura-Bright wheels, and colour-coded chassis in-fill, catwalk, susie frame, battery box and mudguards. A custom-built one-piece mud flap, which carries the TempleMAN logo sandwiched between two Union flags, brings up the rear
Templeman added: “In building this standout vehicle we wanted it to shine in the daylight and glow at night. To achieve this, we fitted lights to the polished stainless-steel under-run bumper, into the LightFix Big Nordic bull-bar, across the top of the cab, up both side streamers and across the rear of the roof spoiler. We’ve also had lights frenched into the chassis infill and the susie bar. Adding to the frontal appearance we’ve fitted an LED lightboard.”
Inside the cab you’ll find a host of extras, such as hand-made mats, each carrying a one-off 150,000th design logo, and a brushed stainless steel 150,000th plaque. Creature comforts include a 22in television, coffee-maker and microwave.
The truck has been supplied by MAN Truck & Bus Gateshead, with which the company has a long, established relationship. “Nothing is too much trouble and the team there look after our vehicles as if they were their own,” explained Templeman.
Templeman Retailing & Vending, which is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of soft drinks, crisps, snacks, and confectionery to wholesalers, vending operators, foodservice and retail groups, runs a 22-strong predominantly MAN fleet.
- MAN Truck & Bus will be exhibiting at this year’s Road Transport Expo, which takes place at Stoneleigh NAEC on June 28-30. It’s FREE to attend, and registrations are now open.
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