A trio of MAN 4×2 box trucks with a crew cab, all powered by a 6.9 liter turbodiesel and used for the same job, pavement marking. MAN is an old German truck and engine manufacturer, majority owned by Traton, the Volkswagen Group’s heavy truck division.
Here’s a 2019 MAN TGL 12.250. The numbers in the model designation reflect the truck’s GVM-rating in metric tons and the DIN-hp rating, respectively.
Setting the MAN TGE apart, since that’s merely a rebadged Volkswagen Crafter, the TGL is the truck maker’s lightest model.
What’s Cookin’ Doc? The yellow Borum Industri unit, made in Denmark, is the preheater for the thermoplastic material, used for the line marking.
Previously, I caught this 2016 MAN TGM 18.290 crew cab truck, owned by the same company. Its GVM rating is 19 metric tons, actually. The TGM is clearly the bigger brother of the TGL.
It was towing a tandem axle trailer for transporting the line marking machine, which is visible in the background. Behind it, judging by its grille, is a 2014-2019 Renault Master flatbed truck (you see, the Nissan NV400 and Opel~Vauxhall Movano are essentially the same as the Renault).
The Heijmans company also opted for a MAN, back in 2013 (with a roof spoiler, on top of that).
More specifically, a TGM 15.290. The black boxes are tool boxes. And just like the other two, the Heijmans truck also has a trailer coupling.
The TGL was at work in the parking lot of our upgraded, compact ferry terminal (for cyclists and pedestrians only) and marina. The big boat is there permanently, it’s a nice place for enjoying a meal and boat drinks. I’ll drink to that!