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Penske delivers its world first 600-plus horsepower rigid in 8x4 market

Spencer Logistics has taken order of a MAN TGX 35.640 rigid Penske announced today. It is the first in the world.

The Wellington-based company required a unique 8x4 configuration to minimise its road user charges under New Zealand’s road tax system. The new truck, also meets requirements by Spencer Logistics to operate a unit with higher horsepower for high productivity conditions.

New Zealand’s unique regulatory environment according to MAN has allowed it to work closely with local transport engineers. In this case it has resulted in a rigid with 640hp and 3,000Nm of torque.

Brent Warner, Penske New Zealand’s North Island Truck Sales and Tauranga Branch Manager said significant engineering development was undertaken in close collaboration with MAN in Germany making the TGX 640hp 8 x4 a world first for the commercial vehicle manufacturer.

“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,” said Warner.

“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,” he said.

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