MAN truck sales director to retire after 33 years

David Cussans, UK truck sales director at MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd, is to retire at the end of the summer after 33 years with the company.

Cussans joined MAN in 1988 as a national fleet sales manager but between 2010 and 2017 worked for sister brand Scania, as regional executive director before returning to MAN as UK truck sales director in 2017.

Thomas Hemmerich, MAN Truck & Bus UK MD, said: “David has had a long and extremely successful career in our industry, and his input to the success of this company has been invaluable. However, after decades of working in the business, David has now decided to take a well-earned break and we all wish him all the very best and thank him for his remarkable contribution.”

Speaking about his departure, Cussans said: “I have been incredibly fortunate to have worked in such a dynamic and colourful industry, and to have met and worked with so many great people. I have always loved the MAN business and product range and I am proud to have played a part in the development of the UK company. Thanks to the focus, commitment and engagement of the whole team and the entire dealer network, we have made huge progress in all areas of our business, and I am sure that the solid foundations will continue to be built upon and lead to further success”

MAN has yet to name a successor to Cussans, but said an announcement will be made shortly.

Allison introduces new fuel economy transmissions

Allison Transmission has introduced two new versions of its xFE fully automatic transmission for use in medium-duty trucks.

The 3000 xFE and 3200 xFE models are designed for engines producing up to 370hp and 1695Nm of torque and with a gross vehicle weight of up to 28.5 tonnes.

The xFE (which stands for “extra fuel economy”) models are claimed to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 3.7% compared to the standard 3000 and 3200 Series transmissions. Greater gains are said to be made at speeds below 20mph, depending on the vehicle’s axle ratio, and above 45mph.

“Truck fleet operators everywhere are under legislative pressure to reduce emissions, and of course all fleets would like to reduce their fuel costs. These new xFE transmissions could be a critical tool in helping OEMs and fleets make a 15% CO2 emission reduction by 2025 and 30% by 2030, as required by EU CO2 emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles. Doing much more with today’s efficient diesel technology is an affordable and environmentally-responsible stepping stone on the path towards electrification and other non-fossil fuel propulsion systems for which we also have suitable propulsion solutions,” said Sjoerd Vos, Allison Transmission director of EMEA marketing.

The xFE gearboxes improve fuel economy by enabling the engine to spend more time in higher ranges and at lower rpms. Allison say the 3000 xFE and 3200 xFE lock up in first gear rather than second, making the final overdrives deeper, improving the spread of gear ratios from 5.37 to 5.91. The 3000 xFE and 3200 xFE are available with or without a retarder and come with Allison’s FuelSense 2.0 package of smart controls which include Neutral at Stop, to reducing engine load when stationary, Acceleration Rate Management to mitigate aggressive driving by controlling engine torque and DynActive Shifting which alters gear shift points according to factors such as vehicle weight, road gradient, stop-start frequency, and throttle use.