Penske New Zealand has entered the 600-plus horsepower segment of the 8×4 market, recently delivering its first MAN TGX 35.640 rigid to Spencer Logistics in Wellington.
An existing MAN customer, Spencer Logistics required an 8×4 configuration in order to minimise road user charges under New Zealand’s unique road tax system, while looking for a higher horsepower unit for running under high productivity conditions.
Penske New Zealand worked closely with MAN and local transport engineers to be able to offer the capability of an 8×4 product with 640 horsepower and 3,000 Nm of torque, which is a great fit with New Zealand’s unique regulatory environment.
“This is the first TGX 640hp 8×4 in the world so significant engineering development work has been undertaken in conjunction with MAN in Germany,” said Brent Warner, Penske New Zealand’s North Island Truck Sales and Tauranga Branch Manager.
“Penske and MAN worked closely together to ensure the offering met both MAN’s, and the New Zealand Transport Agency’s, strict requirements while maintaining MAN’s class leading safety functionality.
“With New Zealand being predominately an 8×4 market, having an 8×4 offering over 600 horsepower adds to MAN’s range of customer solutions.
“We had identified this opportunity in the market and we’re thrilled to be able to provide this offering to customers who will continue to receive the performance, efficiency, and safety features they have come to expect from MAN.”