‘Teardrop’ MAN running out of Cockermouth brewery
Brewer and pub retailer, Marston’s, has taken delivery of its first MAN TGS 26.400 6×2 drawbar unit. The 44-tonne GTW combination features Don-Bur’s patented Teardrop rigid body and trailer design; together providing an ultra-aerodynamic profile to promote fuel efficiency. Already, the unit is returning an average of 10.0mpg – a significant improvement on the company’s previous model.
The new MAN drawbar, with full air-suspension, is based at the Jennings Brewery in Cockermouth, from where it trunks to Marston’s depot in St. Helens. After cross-docking, the unit returns to the Lake District with kegs, packaged beer and other products and, operating as a solo prime-mover, then distributes to Marston’s pubs throughout the region.
Marston’s (Livery of the Year winner at the recent MT Awards) worked closely with Don-Bur and MAN engineers to design an exacting specification, with particular focus on aerodynamics, including cab-mounted Airtabs to promote efficient airflow around the vehicle.
“This is the most powerful vehicle we’ve ever acquired for our retail fleet,” said Eric Smith, (Logistics Operations Manager – North), at Marston’s. “However, more power doesn’t mean more fuel, and we are delighted with initial fuel returns of 10.0mpg. Compared with 7.5mpg from our last vehicle, the savings potential is substantial. We’re certainly going to look at introducing more MANs into the fleet in due course.
“The product quality too, is fantastic,” he added, “similar to that of a typical luxury German car-maker – our drivers are thrilled with the new MAN. Feedback has been exclusively positive.”
Chris Evans, Head of Group Logisitcs, added, “From an operational point-of-view, the MAN acquisition package represented the best overall value-for-money. The quality of the product is evident, and MAN supported the vehicle with an equally robust purchase package.”