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TRUCK NEWS: A bit on the recent large order of MAN TGS Trucks to the LTS Group
Hartmut Mueller, Managing Director of MAN Truck and Bus (M) Sdn Bhd (3rd from right) presenting a mock key to Lee Kah Chye, CEO of the Lee Ting San (LTS) Group of Companies (3rd from left) to mark the handover of 70 units of MAN TGS prime mover to LTS. Witnessing the handover is Mohd Azharuddin Bin Mat Sah, CEO of Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) (2nd from right) and other board members of LTS.
I have to say that this must have been a coup for MAN Truck & Bus (M) Sdn Bhd (MTBM). One of the larger transportation service provider in Malaysia, Lee Ting San Group of Companies (LTS Group), had recently purchased seventy MAN TGS 19.360, 4×2 prime mover intended for long-haul transport. MAN TGS will make up one third of the logistic specialist’s existing fleet of prime movers.
Usually we tend to hear larger orders from the Swedish companies getting these sort of orders. Game changing? Again it depends on the service and maintenance contracts as well as ease of servicing in order to minimise downtime when it comes to purchases of heavy commercial vehicles. This is sometimes more important than the actual price per vehicle if the figures are close. There is always a reason for everything.
Seventy MAN TGS Trucks for LTS Group
Seventy MAN TGS Trucks for LTS Group
Logistics Service Provider Relies on Fuel-Saving MAN Prime Movers for Lower Total Cost of Ownership
Prai, 12 Jan 2016 –Leading transportation service provider, Lee Ting San Group of Companies (LTS Group), has expanded its fleet by seventy MAN TGS 19.360, 4×2 prime mover intended for long-haul transport.MAN TGS will make up one third of the logistic specialist’s existing fleet of prime movers.
Based in Prai, the company has a haulage hub and distribution centers located in various locations across Malaysia including Pulau Pinang, Prai, Port Klang, KLIA and Bukit Kayu Hitam and commands a fleet of close to 1,000 vehicles that support its nationwide and cross-border transportation services.The Group services blue chip clients such as DHL, Schlumberger, Dell and KLM, and has a distribution network that extends all across Malaysia as well as to Singapore and Thailand.
Lee Kah Chye, CEO of LTS Group is confident of positive experiences with MAN TGS. “The TGS strikes the perfect balance between performance, payload and decent fuel consumption, to help us achieve lower total cost of ownership. This is especially important in light of the present economy and the rising cost of doing business. In addition, MAN trucks are comfortable and easy to drive and this will benefit our long-haul drivers”.
The 4×2 tractor which weighs around 360 kg less than a standard semitrailer tractor offers considerable advantage when it comes to payload while being extremely lightweight. It can travel along asphalt roads or unsurfaced gravel tracks and its high-torque Common Rail engine provide the necessary dynamics with low fuel consumption.
Hartmut Mueller, Managing Director of MAN Truck and Bus (M) Sdn Bhd said “A key objective of MAN is to supply fuel-efficient trucks that significantly lower total cost of ownership and it is encouraging to know that the LTS Group has found the MAN TGS more than capable of meeting its stringent requirement in this area.”
The twelve-speed MAN TipMatic® semi-automatic gearbox of the vehicle takes the pressure off the driver as it can be operated effortlessly, either fully automatically or manually using a touch-action lever on the steering wheel. With the single sleeper cabin the MAN TGS, the driver can also enjoy a high level of comfort, a generous amount of space and a clear view, with a full standing height.
Lee added that having MAN’s service center located close by at Prai is another advantage, as this makes it easier to schedule upcoming maintenance and response time are swift. This enables the company to maximize the lifespans of the trucks and get them back on the road as soon as possible.