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Scania Group Press Release  /  July 7, 2016

On August 23, Scania will start the launch of its next generation heavy truck by revealing the first units designed for the European long-haulage segment.

This initial launch represents the public debut of the largest ever investment in new products and services by Scania, which at the same time is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

Scania is introducing its new truck series in several phases, with a clear focus on different industries and customer segments, following a carefully planned schedule, where Scania’s current and highly regarded truck generation will be sold in parallel.

The gradual introduction of the new generation will start with applications for trucks in the European long-haulage segment, and later be followed by additional truck variants.

The common denominator is that Scania has developed a broad range of tailored products and service solutions, which help to reduce operating and maintenance costs, and also to boost vehicle uptime.

Scania aims to become the leader in sustainable transport, where partnerships and digitalisation will play an increasingly important role.

Sustainability is also one of the watchwords in the coming launch, as this will be crucial for the future competitiveness of Scania and its customers and also for their customers.

“We are now in the final phase of preparing the sales and service network as well as the European production units.

At the moment, we are not providing any further information about the many new innovations which are in store. But I am convinced that what Scania will unveil on August 23 will be talked about – both inside and outside the industry,” says Christian Levin, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing.

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Scania’s new truck generation: World’s first rollover side curtain airbag for trucks

Scania Group Press Release  /  August 16, 2016

  • Unique rollover side curtain airbags deploy and protect those travelling in the cab if the truck rolls over
  • Scanias solution targets one of the most serious consequences of rollover accidents, where drivers or passengers are injured in a collision or fatally crushed by their own vehicle
  • Potential for a significant reduction in deaths from rollover accidents

Scanias new truck generation can be equipped with rollover side curtain airbags integrated into the headliner moulding above the doors a unique solution which has never previously been offered in trucks. Scanias rollover side curtain airbags provide significantly-enhanced protection for those travelling in the vehicle in the event of a rollover, one of the most serious types of truck accidents.

“The use of a seat belt is essential to allow the safety systems to do their job and to ensure that the driver is not thrown out of the cab,” says Christofer Karlsson, who is responsible for the development of Scania’s crash safety system. “Our rollover side curtain airbag – particularly when combined with the steering wheel airbag and our seat belt pretensioners – ensures that the driver and any passengers on board will have a much better chance of surviving a rollover accident in one of the new generation of Scania trucks, with far less severe consequences than would be the case in any other truck.”

Scania has developed both the active and passive safety features in the new truck generation, with a series of measures that protect those travelling in the cab. By offering rollover side curtain airbags, Scania believes there could be a significant reduction in the proportion of drivers who are killed in rollover accidents.

A common reason for trucks rolling over is that the driver is forced to carry out evasive action to avoid an oncoming vehicle or an obstruction. If the truck then ends up off the road, there is rarely sufficient load-bearing capacity, so the vehicle may topple onto its side or even roll right over at higher speeds. Advanced systems with sensors determine when and if the rollover side curtain airbags and any other airbags should be deployed; when deployed, the airbags inflate instantaneously.

Scania’s new and already widely-discussed truck generation will be unveiled online on the evening of 23 August. The launch can be followed online at nextgenscania.com.

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At what time GMT will Scania make the announcement?

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28 minutes ago, TeamsterGrrrl said:

At what time GMT will Scania make the announcement?

August 23

6:40 PM GMT (7:40 PM CET)

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Looks impressive with better aerodynamics and a lot of little detail improvements everywhere. The new 500 HP six with no EGR should be quite popular.

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The New Premium

Scania Group Global Press Release  /  August 23, 2016

With a completely new truck range Scania is setting a new standard for what is premium in the transport industry. “It is with hearts bursting with pride that my colleagues and I are presenting the products and services that will carry us and our customers far into the next decade,” says Henrik Henriksson, President and CEO of Scania.

With the new truck generation Scania takes a giant step into the future, introducing new technologies, services and insights that help customers to get an overview of both costs and revenues. Sustainable profitability, regardless of the type of assignment or the conditions they work in; That’s Scania´s goal for its customers to achieve.

“Customer first is a true core value for Scania. While developing this new truck, our customer’s operations and their resource efficiency has been at the centre in every single step we have taken; from research and development, sourcing and production to tailoring the services meeting up to each customer´s needs. This will take us closer to our aim – that in partnership with our customers change the world of transport,” Henrik Henriksson declares.

Customised solutions

The new truck range is the result of ten years of development work and project costs of more than 2 billion Euro. With it, Scania is extending its offering and can now, thanks to its unique modular system, more performance steps, connectivity and a comprehensive palette of productivity enhancing services, offer sustainable transport solutions that are precisely customised for each type of customer in the highly competitive transportation industry.

From now on, Scania’s customers will always be able to carry out their work in the most sustainable and profitable way, regardless of industry and area of application.

“This is not just a new truck range. It´s also a unique, ingenious toolbox of sustainable solutions in the form of products and services that Scania is first in the industry to really be able to deliver. We are directly focusing on our main task: to give our customers the necessary tools for achieving profitability in the one business that really means something to them, namely their own,” Henrik Henriksson continues.

All connected

Among the improvements Scania is introducing in the new trucks is a 5% reduction in fuel consumption, thanks to factors like improved powertrains and better aerodynamics.

Production of the new trucks has already started. Initially the focus will be on vehicles and services for long-haulage transportation, but additional options will be continually introduced over the coming months, until the entire range is in place, throughout the world.

The new trucks are all connected, for the benefit of customers and drivers, but also for the planet. More than 200,000 connected Scania vehicles are rolling around the world and their number is rapidly increasing. These connected vehicles provide valuable insight into operating conditions as well as the necessary intelligence to develop vehicles for even better performance – useful insight for Scania´s continuous research and development work.

A strong position

“But of course, this new truck generation also builds on the values, strategies, techniques and innovations which for the past 125 years made Scania the industry leader we are today. We often say that Scania is a “small big company”. Something that distinguishes us is our exceptionally dedicated employees – and customers. This all puts Scania in a very strong position as we take our next important steps into the future.”

“This is undoubtedly the biggest investment Scania has made in its 125-year history. It is with hearts bursting of pride that I, and all my colleagues, are presenting the products and services that will carry Scania well into the next decade!” Henrik Henriksson concludes.

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Scania introduces new truck range

Scania Group Global Press Release  /  August 23, 2016

  • Ten years of development work, SEK 20 billion in investments
  • More than 10 million kilometres of test driving
  • Global launches in five phases
  • 40,000 customers to be invited to experience Scania’s range first-hand on site in Södertälje
  • A strong focus on customer profitability, through precisely cust­om­ised transportation solutions in the form of sustainable products and services
  • The new truck delivers 5% lower fuel consumption on average
  • Scania’s entire range is re-defining the market’s view of the term ‘premium’

Scania is introducing a new truck range, the result of ten years of development work and investments in the region of SEK 20 billion. With the new range, Scania is extending its offering and can now, thanks to its unique modular system, supply more performance stages, connectivity and a comprehensive palette of productivity-enhancing services as well as sustainable transportation solutions that are precisely customised for each type of customer in the highly comp­etitive transportation industry. The promise is that Scania’s customers will always be able to carry out their work in the most sustainable and profitable way, regardless of industry and area of application.

“It is undoubtedly the biggest investment in Scania’s 125 year history,” declares Henrik Henriksson, President and CEO of Scania. “It is with hearts bursting with pride that my colleagues and I are now presenting the products and services that will bring Scania to new levels regarding market shares and carry us far into the next decade.

“Today we are not just launching a new truck range but also a unique, ingenious toolbox of sustainable solutions in the form of products and services that Scania is first in the industry to be able to deliver – and I feel I can claim this with confidence. We are focusing firmly on our main task: to give our customers the necessary tools for achieving profitability in the one business that really means something to them, namely their own.”

Production of the new trucks starts immediately at Scania’s final assembly plant in Södertälje. Initially the focus will be on vehicles and services for long-haul transportation, but additional options will be continually introduced as more Scania plants readjust and additional options emerge.

“There is a tremendous amount of development work by our engineers behind this introduction,” emphasises Henrik Henriksson, Scania’s President and CEO.

“The most noticeable features are of course the new cabs, but the real innovation is that we are now introducing new technologies, services and insights that will help our customers gain an overview of both their costs and their revenues. Our goal is for our customers to be able to achieve sustainable profitability, regardless of assignment type or the conditions in which they work. Our customers’ vehicles always constitute a link within the bigger picture; Scania embraces this through quality, accessibility and a range of physical or connected services. Our new range of products and services re­defines the term ‘premium’ within the truck industry.”

Scania is launching its new range in phases, with a clear focus on various customer segments and according to a carefully planned schedule. The introductions will continue after the first unveiling in Europe, with more customer options, before the entire process concludes with simultaneous launches on markets outside Europe. Among the improvements Scania is introducing, one that is particularly noticeable is a 5% reduction in diesel fuel consumption, thanks to factors such as improved powertrains and better aerodynamics.

The express goal is for at least 40,000 customers and prospective customers to have test driven the new vehicles themselves in connection with the launches, and to have been introduced to Scania’s entire range, covering everything from sustainability optimisation to financing, insurance and maintenance. Other channels are online communication, the media and Scania’s approximately 1,700 dealers in more than 100 countries. The unveiling was held earlier tonight in Paris, live in front of roughly 1,500 special guests and globally to the online community.

Scania Press Release (PDF) - http://mb.cision.com/Main/209/2063800/552667.pdf

Downloadable images of the New Scania - https://www.scania.com/group/en/images-next-generation-scania/

Downloadable information on the New Scania - https://www.scania.com/group/en/documents-nextgenscania/

High resolution video of the New Scania - https://www.scania.com/group/en/highres-images-nextgenscania/

Scania Trucks - https://www.scania.com/group/en/section/solutions/trucks/

Scania V8 - https://www.scania.com/group/en/section/solutions/trucks/v8/

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1 hour ago, TeamsterGrrrl said:

Looks impressive with better aerodynamics and a lot of little detail improvements everywhere. The new 500 HP six with no EGR should be quite popular.

The Scania truck interior is the best in the world......period.

Volvo interior design, well, they haven't a clue.

Scania has the most advanced truck production system, and the world's best truck engineers.

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New Scania S and R series trucks launched

Commercial Motor  /  August 23, 2016

Two eagerly anticipated new Scania models have been revealed, heralding a generation of more efficient and spacious trucks from the manufacturer.

New R and S models were unveiled in Paris tonight (23 August), with the S truck said to be up to 5% more efficient than the manufacturer’s most recently launched product, the Streamline in 2013.

The trucks have been designed to provide enhanced aerodynamic performance, and following years of testing Scania believes they will be the most aerodynamic trucks on the market.

There are new engines, with greater efficiency, and a redesigned cab, providing more space for the driver.

A range of new drag-reduction features appear in the S-series, now the largest truck in the range, with three adjustable air deflectors to improve the alignment between the cab and the trailer roof, as well as new smaller gaps between the lights and other external components.

The windscreen has been mounted flush to the cab and there are integrated auxiliary lights and end-marker lamps placed above the windscreen.The rear-view mirrors have also been redesigned to optimise airflow and create less drag. 

The R-series adopts the same principles on its slightly smaller frame.

The full engine line-up will see power outputs from 410hp to 730hp, with the redeveloped powertrains getting new fuel injectors, revised combustion chambers and a reconfigured cooling system, all of which have been tested over more than 10 million km during the development process.

Three 13-litre engines will be SCR-only (410hp, 450hp and 500hp) with the new 13-litre 500hp unit a new engine.

The 16.4-litre V8s will continue with the same power ouputs found in the current R-series with 520hp, 580hp and 730hp, all using a combination of EGR and SCR.

The additional space means the interior has been totally overhauled, with more room for the driver thanks to a new seating position, as well as more storage and greater visibility.

Scania said the trucks had been under development for 10 years, at a cost of more than SEK20bn (£1.8bn) and promised that its customers will be able to “carry out their work in the most sustainable and profitable way, regardless of industry and area of application”.

Scania will continue to sell its current range of P-, G- and R-series trucks while production of the new models ramps up and the new designs and technology are transferred and launched in the other models.

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Agreed on the interior, very well laid out- Even though the cab's size is restricted by the Euro overall length regulations, there's as much usable room as an American conventional "condo" sleeper has. For example, the meter wide lower bunk bests the American average of 36 inches or so. Scania clearly didn't try to cheapen the product like Volvo has- They're stuck to the Swedish tradition of building the best rather than the cheapest product.

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Scania’s focus on optimizing the customer’s profitability

Scania Group Press Release  /  August 23, 2016

The introduction of Scania's new truck range also marks the start of the industry's most developed and customer-optimized approach for enabling and offering solutions that are fully tailor-made for each customer as regards products and services for specific transportation assignments.

"With the introduction of our new truck range we are offering our customers a wider selection of new performance steps and services, and at the same time placing the industry's most advanced sales support tools in the hands of our sales staff," says Christopher Podgorski, Global Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Scania Trucks. "With the help of our comprehensive range of products and services, we customize optimum solutions that maximize profitability for each and every type of customer."

Each truck is a production unit. The better adapted it is for its unique assignment and the more supported it is by applicable customized services, the greater the haulier's chances of getting a return on their investment. Hauliers' finances are determined by a range of different factors. Some of them are relatively simple to control. Others are influenced by factors that lie outside their control or are so complex in their nature that the consequences can be difficult for an individual to identify and address.

"Many in the industry still work according to a strict focus on costs, where the most obvious factors are the cost of procuring the vehicle and variable costs such as fuel, as well as the in sight that standstills are unfavorable," says Christopher Podgorski.

"But with that approach, you can miss the fact that earning potential, which Scania's offer is largely determined by the vehicle being optimized for its purpose, also has a major impact on whether your figures are in the red or black over time. The right specification and the right maintenance contributes to the vehicle being available and performing effectively when required. Which is also positively affected by the other services you can connect to the vehicle."

With the introduction of the new truck generation, Scania is also focusing more strongly on optimizing its offer to each individual customer. By paying particular attention to the

vehicle’s specification and combining this with services from Scania’s far-ranging eco-system, each customer gets unique pre-requisites for making a profitable investment.

Scania's starting point is TOE, Total Operating Economy. The difference between TOE and the traditional TCO, where only costs are reflected, is that the revenue side of a haulier's finances are also weighed in. The way payment for a transportation assignment is calculated (by weight, time used, mileage, and so on) is a good example of a factor that must be taken into account when the vehicle and its related services are being specified.

Scania has concentrated its entire combined expertise on trucks, optimized transportation solutions, industry conditions and actual customer needs in the new sales support system that the company has developed. This “toolbox” is the result of several years' work compiling, analyzing and consolidating knowledge, insights and customer needs with regard to the global, multifaceted transportation and truck industry.

"The basis is of course Scania's enormous trucking expertise, our modular system and vehicle data collected from tens of thousands of vehicles in actual operation for more than ten years," says Christopher Podgorski. "To this we have added knowledge from industry studies, customer interviews and marketing workshops, in close dialogue with our existing customers.

The result is a Scania-unique toolbox that gives our sales staff, regardless of market or customer type, access to expertise that enables them to not only offer a truck but also a customized solution that, based on each customer's Scania's offer unique needs, has full potential to become profitable. We know that hauliers are being squeezed from every direction, so Scania's answer is to make even more of an effort to give them exactly the right solution."

Scania’s solutions integrate the company’s collected expertise about both trucks and various transport solutions as well as their specific characteristics. By focusing on each

customer’s unique needs, based on experiences, operational data and market know how, Scania’s solutions feature concrete added values that benefit the customer.

One size fits no one

The importance of being able to design a completely optimized vehicle and support both its ownership and use with related services like financing, service contracts and fleet management services is difficult to overestimate in today's competitive transportation world. Scania was one of the pioneers in connecting trucks in order to help optimize use and availability, among other things. There are currently more than 200,000 connected trucks from Scania in operation on the European market.

"The offering Scania is now introducing will give all our customers better support and opportunities than ever before to achieve maximum return on their truck investments," says Christopher Podgorski. "Our product range and related services, combined with the way we have equipped ourselves to help our customers, represents a major development stage in our industry. Scania is now becoming even better at offering support to our customers when it comes to the one business they really care about: their own."

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Scania's new truck range provides more of everything

Scania Group Press Release  /  August 23, 2016

· A completely new cab range, inside and out, that is uniquely Scania

· The S and R models are being introduced first; the S cab has a flat floor for maximum comfort

· Stronger, safer and more aerodynamic

· Modular construction makes repairing Scania cabs easier in the event of an accident

· Repositioned front axle and lower centre of gravity for greater safety and driving comfort

· The world's first truck with rollover curtain side airbags

 

Scania is completely overhauling its entire cab range with the introduction of the new truck range. First out is the R series, as well as a completely new S series.

With the S series, Scania is introducing a new top model among its sleeper cabs with a flat floor, for the most demanding customers.

The cabs have been designed down to the very last detail to meet today's and tomorrow's demands from customers and legislators alike, and they bring a host of new options to Scania's range of products and services.

The completely new, modular generation of cabs reflects Scania's unique identity and design, and they are manufactured in the newly built factory in Oskarshamn, Sweden.

Scania's new generation of cabs has been designed, developed and produced by Scania's own in-house designers. Their look makes them immediately recognizable as a Scania, with the difference that the look is even clearer, signaling both future and the authority and presence that only a true premium truck can express.

The basic structure of the cabs was developed in close cooperation with Scania’s sister company Porsche Engineering. The new cab range has absolutely no parts in common with Scania's existing cab range, but naturally all the positive cab features that are characteristic of Scania have been transferred and further developed.

Four focus areas

The new generation has been developed with a number of overall features in focus:

  • Driver environment

  • Fuel economy

  • Optimum use of interior space

  • Safety and maximum reliability

These requirements have driven the development work on the cab side too and are reflected in the details as well as throughout the overall design. When all the variants have been introduced, Scania’s new truck generation will encompass no fewer than 24 different cab variants. The photograph shows a tractor with the new R cab in normal configuration.

Ultimately, within the framework for Scania's modular system, we are talking about no less than 24 different basic cab models in total, once all the variants are in place. This enables Scania to be able to customize the right customer solution for every type of application area, regardless of whether the focus lies on interior space, fuel economy, maximum comfort or greatest load capacity.

High-tensile steel has been used in the cab structures. The various structural elements have been shaped by either compressing or rolling before being joined together using various welding techniques, laser soldering or hi-tech adhesive techniques, creating a particularly robust monocoque structure.

"Developing new truck cabs within the heavy premium segment is a highly complex process," says Göran Hammarberg, Head of Cab Development at Scania. "Visibility, comfort, legal requirements, ergonomics, good reparability, low weight and high safety are just a few of the many feature areas that must be accommodated without creating obvious compromises, regardless of the area of application. We are incredibly pleased with what we have achieved and are convinced that these trucks will set a new benchmark in the industry."

Form and function go hand in hand

"We have put an immense amount of work into identifying, expressing and design-wise enhancing those qualities that the Scania brand represents," says Kristofer Hansén, Scania's head designer and the person behind the visual design of the new truck range. "Our goal is to create a very attractive product that conveys a true Scania feel while also being carefully designed down to the last detail to do its job properly."

When it comes to the exterior, Scania has given top priority to aspects relating to aerodynamics and, consequently, fuel consumption. Every surface, at the front as well as along the sides and even below the vehicle, has been optimized for minimum drag. Even components like wipers, rear-view mirrors and all the various lights have been designed with this in mind.

One concrete example is that the industry-standard sun visor does not come as standard. Even equipment like air deflectors and side skirts have been carefully integrated into the overall design, and were given just as much attention during the development phase.

Industry-leading aerodynamics was one of Scania’s goals during the development process.

Scania has built further on its excellent experiences from the Scania Streamline, and the result is a truck that is so slippery that a long-haul truck can now reduce its fuel consumption by two per cent thanks to lower air resistance.

"In our hunt for fuel thieves, aerodynamics in particular is an extremely important component," says Göran Hammarberg. "Compared to our already industry-leading models from the current generation, we have further reduced drag. This delivers an immediate impact on fuel consumption, and gives a reduction in general of 2%.

Seen over the course of a long-haul truck's lifespan, with the extremely high mileage this type of vehicle clocks up, this will have a major impact on both profitability and the environment."

"It's a question of seemingly small, but in the long term crucial, details and features," underlines Kristofer Hansén. "All clearances and tolerances have been minimized. Good aerodynamics also helps cut noise levels both inside and outside the vehicle, as does the generous use of noise and vibration absorbing measures, like carpets and expanding damping materials in various cavities."

An important aspect of truck design is demonstrating the vehicle's features, while clearly communicating that it is a professional work tool.

"Every line and shaped element has been designed to describe, and preferably also enhance, the vehicle's features, its durability and the proud heritage that a Scania always carries," highlights Kristofer Hansén. "We have systematically built up all the component parts into a whole that communicates harmony and dynamism, despite it being a robust work tool in which all the elements are part of our advanced modular system."

Maximized space in the S cab

All the cabs are designed with the driver in focus. Regardless of which cab the customers choose, they will be getting even more generous interior space than before. It is partly about more efficient packaging and the fact that internally the cab has grown 2" in length, but also about a general roof height increase in the new generation.

"Our new standard roof is 10 cm higher than the current standard one," says Kristofer Hansén. "And even the higher roof models are slightly roomier than before, we are talking about a height difference of 16 cm which will, of course, be particularly appreciated by those who both work and live in their vehicle."

At the top of the range is, of course, the new S cab that, with its completely flat floor and maximum interior space, is the obvious choice for customers with the highest demands on living comfort, prestige and usability.

The new S cab offers an entirely flat floor and magnificent interior space. Scania is convinced that all drivers who have the opportunity to enter the S cab via the intelligently designed entry with four steps will love the cab and all the potential it offers.

"We see how perspectives are constantly shifting and how customers' demands are increasing," says Göran Hammarberg. "There is no denying that our new S cab outshines everything we have done before in terms of factors like comfort, storage, spaciousness, ergonomics and visibility. A user-friendly and ergonomically designed entry with four steps leads up to a workplace that we believe will be loved by all drivers who get the chance to test it."

Crucial visibility improvements

In all the new cabs, the driver's basic position has been moved 65 mm closer to the windscreen and 20 mm out towards the side, compared to the current cab generation. There are several reasons, but the most important ones relate to improvements to the driver's position as regards safety, visibility and interior spaces (particularly for beds and seat adjustment range).

The new cabs offer vastly improved visibility thanks to a larger glass surface area, a lower instrument panel, slimmer door panels and optimized A-pillars.

Naturally, the rear-view mirrors play a crucial role in this respect and the standard design is a completely new model with the focus on aerodynamics and optimum visibility (in the mirrors as well as past them, an equally important aspect). The mirrors on the R and S cabs have a wide-angle function, are electrically adjustable as well as heated, and have effective vibration damping.

In Scania’s new cabs, the driver’s seating position has been moved both ahead and out to the side compared with the current range. In addition to greater adjustment scope for the seat, for instance, this also gives the driver an even more commanding overview of the truck’s immediate surroundings.

Even the front and near-view mirrors have a new design and shape, for a wider field of vision and improved aerodynamics. Electric adjustment is also available as an option for these mirrors and all mirror housings can be painted. The cabs are ready for the installation of cameras as an optional extra or in place of some of the mirrors.

"Good visibility is crucial to the driving experience and for safety, and there are a lot of different parameters that interact to create that feeling," emphasizes Kristofer Hansén. "All our combined expertise in areas like ergonomics, design and the interface between people and vehicles has been deeply involved. Some of the results are highly noticeable, others are not as visually obvious. One good example of the latter is the new wiper system, which has a wider arc and is better at handling snow and ice, and the windscreen washer is now 20% more effective."

Focus on the driving experience

Scania has always placed a lot of focus on the driving experience, and the new truck series is naturally no exception.

"As a driver, the lower centre of gravity is apparent," relates Göran Hammarberg. "This brings benefits like greater stability when cornering and under heavy braking, without in any way affecting comfort. But regardless of cab or application, I can guarantee that Scania now offers drivers an even more dynamic and at the same time very secure and predictable driving experience."

Thanks to a further developed braking system, a front axle that has been located further forward, and a lowered centre of gravity, a typical tractor from Scania with a GCW of about 40 metric tons (88,185lb) can stop from cruising speed (80 km/h) in a 5 percent shorter distance under normal conditions.

As an example of what the improved braking capacity means, a typical 40 ton (88,185lb) 4x2 tractor should, in normal circumstances, be able to come to a complete standstill from full speed in a 5 percent shorter distance.

Also contributing to the improved braking performance is the front axle's new position. Apart from it being moved forwards 50 mm, the new axle generally also offers better ground clearance than before.

Constant improvements

Scania would, of course, not be Scania if a lot of different areas in the vehicles had not been redesigned during the development work, in line with the company’s approach to constant improvement.

One such typical change is that Scania's steered tag axles are now electro-hydraulically operated. This provides a number of benefits, such as increasing the steering angle from 14 to 19 degrees, 30 kg (66lb) lower weight, the axle is now rated as high as 9 metric tons (19,842lb), and the installation is such that it has minimal negative impact on a bodybuilder's options (for example the cable harness does not go above chassis height).

Global premiere for rollover side curtain airbags

Scania's new generation of cabs can be fitted with rollover side curtain airbags, which are integrated into the cab roof, a technique that has never been used before in trucks. Together with seat belt use, rollover side curtain airbags are a crucial safety feature in preventing one the most common types of accident with serious consequences involving trucks: the driver is being hit inside the cab by interior parts or being trapped beneath the cab if the truck overturns, for instance following evasive action that forces the truck off the road.

"The truck range we are now presenting is the result of the work of thousands of people and huge investments over a number of years," says Göran Hammarberg. "We are very proud of the results and now really want to tell prospective customers about all the new solutions and services."

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I'll take the looks of an MH any day. Just can't coddle up to the Europeon designs.

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3 hours ago, james j neiweem said:

I'll take the looks of an MH any day. Just can't coddle up to the Europeon designs.

You're looking at a European Union spec variant. If it was spec'd for Brazil, Australia, South Africa or.........the U.S. market, it would probably be more to your liking in terms of aesthetics.

Now remember, when going for the ultimate in aerodynamics, which the truckmakers in this next go around are doing, aesthetics (beauty) will suffer slightly. GM admitted the new Bolt pure electric car has less range than they intended, because they compromised to ensure sales, putting aesthetics ahead of aerodynamics (the opposite of the Prius).

Jim, you are looking at the best engineered, most technically advanced heavy truck in the world today. Volvo's "New FH", for example, doesn't even come close.

And the new interior, absolutely brilliant in form and function. When you gaze at that breathtaking instrument panel, you can see why Scanias have always been a driver's truck. You can spend hours and hours behind the wheel because of all the considerations to driver comfort.

With the "SCR only" 13-liter engines and legendary 16.4-liter Mack-Scania V8s, Scania has the best truck engines in the world........bar none.

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11 hours ago, kscarbel2 said:

You're looking at a European Union spec variant. If it was spec'd for Brazil, Australia, South Africa or.........the U.S. market, it would probably be more to your liking in terms of aesthetics.

Now remember, when going for the ultimate in aerodynamics, which the truckmakers in this next go around are doing, aesthetics (beauty) will suffer slightly. GM admitted the new Bolt pure electric car has less range than they intended, because they compromised to ensure sales, putting aesthetics ahead of aerodynamics (the opposite of the Prius).

Jim, you are looking at the best engineered, most technically advanced heavy truck in the world today. Volvo's "New FH", for example, doesn't even come close.

And the new interior, absolutely brilliant in form and function. When you gaze at that breathtaking instrument panel, you can see why Scanias have always been a driver's truck. You can spend hours and hours behind the wheel because of all the considerations to driver comfort.

With the "SCR only" 13-liter engines and legendary 16.4-liter Mack-Scania V8s, Scania has the best truck engines in the world........bar none.

It would be interesting to see if a North American version was ever studied as a what-if project, I'm curious to see what Scania would consider to be acceptable here....

as we have discussed in another thread, it would take a change in the way we move freight to bring back the cabover into fleets, and a significant investment by parent VW to bring in Scania.... whereas Paccar could bring a refreshed DAF XF on-line here and be able to support it in their current network.

however, I do consider Scania to be still ahead of Volvo and retain the title "King of the Swedes"....

BC Mack

 

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I personally am in no rush to enter the US market. Why? Because margins there are very low. There are too many players versus the size of the market. 

Now having said that, I'd have no problem with cooperating with Navistar, selling them engines and other technology.

The US customer wants the latest technology, but has a price expectation below European and global customers. That is why US customers get, versus the global customers, what amounts to being "decontented" trucks. The US market trucks are just now getting "some" tech that was launched in the global market 3 to 5 years ago.

At any rate, entering an already crowded market as a new independent brand (e.g. Scania) simply doesn't amount to a solid business case.

Personally, I don't want to upset Paccar and Navistar, our country's last "American" truckmakers.

Under the right conditions (if we bought Mack from the financially struggling Volvo), I'd love to see Scania in the US, because Scania is light years ahead of Volvo.

I already have an ad slogan planned........"There be V-8s here".

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To say nothing of the difficulty of getting americans to buy a cabover. If VW wants to enter the american market, a MAN designed engine in a Navistar truck is the easiest way, and buying Navistar would give VW a dealer network too. And who knows, after our government allows more productive trucks like at least 25 meter B-doubles that dealer network could add Scania to their offerings...

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Scania’s got a new truck, but not for North America. Not yet at least.

Sean Kilcarr, Fleet Owner  /  August 24, 2016

It’s always a treat to watch a new truck get introduced, with all the flash and hype that’s usually only reserved for swanky new sports cars.  

That’s certainly the case for the new big rig being rolled out by Swedish truck maker Scania, which is part of Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH; an all-new platform that’s been 10 years in the making, with the OEM investing some US$2.39 billion over that time span to bring it to life.

Scania’s executives felt that Paris served as an “ideal location” for the launch of its new truck, as the famed “City of Light” is a home for “design innovation.”

Aside from all the glitz, however, and despite it being hailed as a “global truck,” North American fleets won’t see this ride anytime soon. Indeed, its cabover design doesn’t mesh with the conventional cab sensibilities on this side of the pond, though the new Scania is certainly going to fit well with fleet needs in other markets around the world.

There are, however, a few takeaways worthy of note for North American fleet operators from this new truck – especially as Scania is trying to leverage its vertically-integrated truck platform to generate more savings for its customers.

That’s not just in terms of better fuel economy, though the OEM touted that its new truck should achieve a 5% improvement in fuel efficiency compared to its current models (with 3% coming from powertrain improvements and 2% due to better aerodynamics).

One of the bigger advances stems from the OEM’s “Scania Maintenance” program, which I’ve noted in this space before; a program that bases truck maintenance on data, not mileage, and purportedly can extend engine oil drain intervals out to 150,000 kilometers under the right circumstances – that’s 93,000 miles for fleets on this side of the pond.

Those kinds of predictive maintenance abilities are only possible due to the rise of the “connected truck,” which is something Scania views as “unavoidable” in the European Union of 2016.

Indeed, the OEM said it now has over 200,000 connected vehicles on the road, with 95% of all its trucks delivered in Europe now “connected” vehicles.

“Our assessment is that within a few years, quality, user-friendliness and the actual benefit of the services that connectivity enables will mark the great dividing line in the industry between premium manufacturers and all the rest," noted Mattias Lundholm, head of connected services at Scania, during the OEM’s press event.

“Offering a cleverly designed range of connected services and added value increases a hauler’s competitive edge and contributes to more profit," he explained.

Certainly, Scania thinks this new truck will do that and more for European motor carriers, as well as others in selected markets around the world. We’ll see if those capabilities come to life as promised.

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