MAN launches range-topping TGX Lion S

MAN is celebrating the first anniversary of the launch of its latest generation TGX with a new range-topping version, the Lion S.

The blend of sporty styling with an exclusive interior design is kicked-off by external styling dominated by the red highlights on the grille’s chrome strips, and carbon-fibre detailing, such as bumper and mirror covers. Stainless steel front and side bars, with an optional matching LED roof bar, are contrasted by the black finish of the wheels. An exclusive S-marked version of the sunvisor from the company’s MAN Individual personalisation programme tops off the exterior.

Inside, the dominant feature is the premium seating, in black Alcantra with red lozenge stitching and embossed red lion on the headrest, with matching multi-function steering wheel, armrests and door trims.

The second bunk position is replaced by 1,400 litres of additional storage space, with the option of a kitchen unit including coffee maker and microwave. Another option, a 22in TV can be fitted facing the lounger bunk.

As you’d expect, the full package of technology features from the regular truck is included. Engine ratings from 510hp to 630hp power the Lion S. MAN expects the first UK customer deliveries to be in mid-summer.

The public launch of the TGX Lion S was presented on the MAN Truck and Bus YouTube channel, as part of its new monthly MAN QuickStop feature


Armstrong Logistics takes delivery of five LNG-powered Volvo FHs

Armstrong Logistics has added five new LNG-powered Volvo FH 460s to its 95-strong truck fleet, each supplied on contract hire through Volvo Financial Services.

Specified with 155kg gas tanks, the 6x2 tractors are expected to cover 200,000km per annum, and are part of the Lutterworth-based haulier’s business strategy to reduce its carbon emissions and improve the long-term sustainability of its operation.

Marcus Fischer, finance and commercial director at Armstrong Logistics, said: “We did our research from articles in the press, spoke to key contacts in our sector and then held informal talks with three manufacturers, before deciding to go with Volvo.”

The haulier worked closely with supplying dealer Truck and Bus Wales and West, and fuel provider Gasrec, to ensure the infrastructure and support was in place to make the move financially viable.

“The big focus has been on unlocking both financial and CO2 emissions savings by switching to a cleaner and lower cost fuel,” added Fischer. “We were really helped along the way thanks to the clear data given by the team at Wales and West, which we were able to plug into our whole life cost calculator and confidently predict the benefit these trucks would bring.”

Fischer confirmed that “if the figures stack up”, and driver acceptance is good, it would consider adding more gas-powered trucks in the future.