FleetWatch attended the unveiling of Scania’s newest offerings held recently in Johannesburg – a completely new truck range which is the result of ten years of development work and investments globally. The brand can now 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.
A full story will be run in the May FleetWatch e-Magazine and Print Quarterly but here are some snippets about the new range.
Key Features of the New Truck Generation:
- New design and shape of the front and chassis for improved aerodynamics
- Powertrain updates resulting in exceptional fuel efficiency and driving performance.
- Extended storage options
- Enhanced driver’s seat adjustment options
- Maintenance based on your operation increase uptime and profitability
- Unique safety features such as roll-over curtain side airbags
- More space behind the seats for wider beds
- New infotainment system with 7” touch screen
“It is undoubtedly the biggest investment in Scania’s 125 year history,” states Henrik Henriksson, President and CEO of Scania. “It is with great 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.”
The assembly of the new trucks has started in South Africa and the old PGR range is being strategically phased out. The new truck range carries with it a unique toolbox of sustainable solutions in the form of products and services that Scania globally will be the first to deliver in the market.
“At Scania our main focus is always to give our customers the tools that they need to achieve profitability in their business and in 2019 we expand on this focus and reach a milestone by launching our new truck series. Delivery of the new trucks begins immediately after the launch event. It’s normally a 15 to 20 year cycle before you go to market with a totally new vehicle. It’s an exciting period for us,” says Raimo Lehtiö, Managing Director of Scania Southern Africa.
Along with a comprehensive variety of applications and solutions, the segments that are being launched for the Southern Africa market are:
- Long Haul
- Urban Distribution
Watch out for the full story in the next publications.