“Trucknology” helps Österreichische Post AG to cut transport costs
Pressemeldung from 04.12.2003
42 MAN trucks handed over at Teesdorf truck fleet center
Today, Thursday, 4 December 2003, Österreichische Post AG has taken 42 new MAN TGA 18.363 4x2 BL into operation within the framework of its continuous fleet upgrading program for the purposes of mail and parcel transport.
Karl Heinz Hüttl, managing director of MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Vertrieb OHG, symbolically presented the first truck key to Gerhard Engleder, head of Österreichische Post AG’s goods transport department.
Österreichische Post AG was among the first users of the TGA series. The first vehicles were put into operation immediately after their launch on the market in the summer of 2001. So far, 22 MAN trucks of the trucknology generation have been incorporated into Österreichische Post AG transport fleet.
The current purchase was characterized by the high cost pressure experienced in postal logistics. The call for tender was managed by BBG, the federal procurement body, and took almost four months to complete. The task was to procure as much transport capacity as possible for a fixed amount reserved for this investment. Operating costs as well as the value remaining at the end of service life had to be taken account of in the call for tender. A maintenance contract and an agreement about the repurchase value make the costs transparent for Österreichische Post AG.
Given the restrictive specifications, a few limitations had to be accepted with regard to the vehicles’ equipment. For example, Österreichische Post AG had to do without the automated TipMatic gearbox, the intarder, and the paint finish of certain plastic parts in “postal yellow”.
Under these difficult conditions, the trucknology concept proved its special strengths. The standard ComfortShift gearbox is equipped with a convenient gear shifting aid. Drivers only need to operate the clutch pedal when starting the truck. After that, all it takes is to press a button on the gear lever to shift gears, without the need for stepping on the pedal. While not achieving the same retardation values as an intarder, the reinforced EVG motor brake (Exhaust Valve Brake) fully meets the requirements specified in the postal truck use profile.
A piece of equipment that has remained on the list is the air-conditioning system: this is not a matter of mere driver comfort, but counts among a truck’s safety features.
The high-torque six-cylinder in-line engine with 360 hp nominal power is characterized by especially low exhaust emission values. An exhaust gas recirculation system with external cooling makes it possible to decrease nitrogen oxide output by about 30% with approximately the same consumption values and without any restrictions regarding longevity. Combined with adequate quality oil, this technology allows for maintenance intervals of 80,000 kilometers in long-distance transport use.
For more information please contact:
Österreichische Post AG
Press section/ PR
Phone.: +43 (1) 515 51 - 32010
Vienna, 4 December 2003