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New Scania for 2016

After ten years of development and SEK 20bn ($A3.14 billion) invested, Scania launched its new generation of trucks in Paris last night.

Scania has launched its new range of trucks which are the result of ten years of development work and investments of over three billion Australian dollars. From the outside its hard to see where the money was spent. Nevertheless read on and see what Scania have ot say about their new truck. We weren’t invited to check out their latest lorry and had to be content with the press release they sent out. So here it is below…

With the new range, Scania says it is "extending its offering and can now, thanks to its unique modular system, supply more performance stages, connectivity and a comprehensive range of services as well as sustainable transportation solutions that are precisely customised for each type of customer in the highly competitive transportation industry."

Simply put, we understand that the new trucks will be available in over 50 variants to suit any application. 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," said Henrik Henriksson, President and CEO of Scania at the launch last night. "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 assembly plant in Södertälje. Initially the focus will be on vehicles and services for long-haul transport, but additional options will be introduced as more Scania plants readjust and additional options emerge.

Scania is launching its new range in phases, according to a 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. Here in Australia, we probably won't see the trucks for at least 12 months.

Among the improvements Scania is introducing is a claimed five per cent reduction in fuel consumption, thanks to factors such as improved powertrains and better aerodynamics.

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-of-the-range model among its sleeper cabs with a flat floor, for what the company says is its "most demanding customers". The cabs have been designed down to the last detail to meet today's and tomorrow's demands from customers and legislators alike, and they bring a host of new options. The new, modular generation of cabs are manufactured in the newly-built factory in Oskarshamn, Sweden.

The new cab in the trucks take comfort and convenience to new heights with plush, customisable upholstery, improved ergonomics and room, with flat floors and up to 2.07 metres of standing headroom in the top-spec vehicles.

"The challenge is creating a flexible range of cabs that can, without compromise, offer the right solutions and right functionality for all applications and needs," says Göran Hammarberg, Head of Cab Development at Scania. "Despite the fact that needs can differ radically in different driving situations and assignments, our goal is for all drivers to be able to feel confident that no one else can offer a better solution for their particular truck and the conditions they work in."

Scania says it finds the solution to that challenge in its modular system, the concept whereby Scania can offer specialised solutions based on a relatively limited number of basic models.

"You will be able to change and individualise the look even more than before. Together with perfect ergonomic design, exact colour matching and material choices, this helps create a comfortable workplace with a high-quality feel," said Kristofer Hansén, Scania's Head Designer. "At the same time, the interior is of course scratch resistant and can withstand thorough cleaning. The controls located in the door, for example, are designed to withstand both water and dust, even in the very long term."

"The interior design has of course been as thoroughly developed as the exterior," Hansén added. "When you get into the cab, you should immediately and without hesitation realise that you are in a Scania. The dashboard’s design is characterised by accessibility and functionality combined with sweeping lines that help the eye, and even the hand, find their way about so you feel secure with the vehicle. We have really focused on creating a design that helps drivers do their job. At the same time, we have also tried to avoid exaggerated dimensions and bulkiness as this feels rigid and old-fashioned."

Scania spokesman Alexander Corne told after the launch that there are no carry-over parts from the old models in the new new cabins.

Safety is another area that Scania has emphasised with the new-generation trucks and as we reported here, roll-over curtain airbags will be introduced with this model. Braking has also been enhanced and Mr Corne said that the new models will have braking distances which are 2.0 metres less than the current models with similar loads.

As an example of what the improved braking capacity means, a typical 40 tonne 4x2 articulated truck should, in normal circumstances, be able to come to a complete standstill from full speed in a five per cent shorter distance. Also contributing to the improved braking performance is the front axle's new position. Apart from it being moved forwards 50mm, the new axle generally also offers better ground clearance than before.

In the new truck range, all Euro 6 engines have received new engine management systems and the installations have been completely overhauled. The improved cooling capacity with the new cabs provides the opportunity for further fuel savings of three per cent. Scania is also introducing a new version of its 13-litre engine with 500hp.

Other big news is that Scania is introducing a lay shaft brake system as standard in the automated Scania Opticruise gearboxes. Instead of using synchro rings to synchronise the different speeds of the countershaft and main shaft in the gearbox during gearshifts, as in most conventional gearboxes, Scania uses a lay shaft brake when upshifting. This is possible thanks to Scania’s fully integrated powertrains and means that the shafts synchronise with each other significantly faster and that the next gear can engage almost immediately.

"This technique is hassle-free, and it makes a big difference when it comes to driving experience and performance," says Magnus Mackaldener, Head of Transmission Development. "Thanks to the lay shaft brake, our most popular gearbox for long-haul trucks, the GRS905, shifts up a gear in 0.4 seconds, which means that gearshift time has been almost halved."

Mackaldener said that by using a lay shaft brake instead of conventional synchromesh not only shortens the actual gearshift time, it also means that turbo pressure can be better maintained. Therefore, the vehicle will upshift to the next gear with greater power, despite the gearshift feeling smoother than before. This feature will lead to both better handling when driving in tough conditions, and better performance in all types of road driving, including starting torque at take-off.

Scania's Adaptive Cruise Control System has also been given an overhaul;the system can now handle speeds all the way down to standstill, which will no doubt help drivers sitting in queues.

We'll bring you more on the new Scania range as well as drive impressions over the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, here's the video of the official launch:

August 24, 2016 | Posted in: News



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