man of the match

All Blacks rugby-themed TGX is new fleet flagship for Calne-based aggregates haulier, Bulk Solutions Ltd


By George Davies


When it comes to picking a new Euro 6 flagship to headline a fleet, there are plenty of strong contenders. The updated ranges from the big seven truck manufacturers all have first-rate vehicles at the top of the line-ups, and each has a renewed focus on fuel economy, handling and comfort to make them a tempting proposition for both operators and drivers.

For bulk grain and aggregate distributor Bulk Solutions Ltd, the decision over which Euro 6 tractor unit would lead its 20-strong fleet in the latter part of 2014 ultimately came down to the question of total cost of operation (TCO). The company’s core business is bulk grain distribution on behalf of blue-chip regional grain merchants, with the majority of its work undertaken around Southampton, London and East Anglia. After looking at a shortlist of marques which included Scania and DAF, Bulk Solution’s company director, Richard Paterson, chose MAN’s latest TGX to lead his fleet as he found it offered the most cost-effective package – as well as an ultra-light chassis that could maximise payload.

man of the match

“MAN’s Lite mid-lift axle offers us the lightest specification on the market,” says Richard. “That’s a full half-tonne lighter than our Euro 6 DAF, and they share a true like-for-like specification in terms of driveline, cab and axle-configuration. We also spoke to Scania, but they couldn’t get near MAN’s whole-life package.”

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