The Concept S from German truck manufacturer MAN was a
concept vehicle displayed at the 2010 IAA in Hanover.
The IAA show is dedicated to all different types of commercial
vehicles, both concept and production.
The MAN Concept S is a proposal for a truck which has
a significantly more aerodynamic design than current flat-faced,
cab-over-engine semitrailer tractors.
The slippery shape of the MAN Concept S is designed to
help the vehicle, and its trailer, cut through the air
and improve fuel economy. In fact, thanks to extensive
wind tunnel testing, the MAN Concept S would use up to
25 percent less fuel than a conventional 40-ton truck/trailer
using an identical engine.
Despite this significant improvement in fuel economy,
the shape of the MAN Concept S is not that different to
semitrailer tractors currently on the market. This means
that to put something similar into production would not
be that great a leap of the imagination.
Considering rising fuel prices - which are putting considerable
pressure on haulage companies - a truck which uses 25
percent less diesel than its competitors would certainly
be an attractive proposition.
Is the Concept S a glimpse of the future for commercial
transport? Well, considering it comes from one of the
world's largest commercial vehicle manufacturers it's
a strong possibility.