Scania, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group and one of the industry’s
leading and most profitable manufacturers of heavy trucks, has released first details of its
new truck range. Completely new inside and out, the new cab range, kicked off with the S and
R models and built at Scania’s new Oskarshamn plant in Sweden, was brought into production
after an investment of SEK20bn (€2.1bn)
Unlike today’s mundane world of passenger cars, where models are treated fairly regularly to minor or
major facelifts, chiefly a host of cosmetic changes that have cost little money, the genuine replacement of a
heavyweight truck range is indeed a rare event.
Almost exactly four years after the launch of Volvo’s all-new FH heavyweight, its Scania compatriot has
only just unveiled a new truck that is likely to shape Europe’s heavy truck market for the next 20 years.
The future today. When some leading autoindustry visionaries gaze into their crystal
balls to see what the world will look like in say two decades from now, they see
altogether different cars.
Ostensibly, they see vast urban communities buzzing with electrically powered vehicles.
Powered by electric motors, drawing their power from either state-of the–art batteries, or as
some believe, hydrogen-fuelled fuel-cells.
Either way, some visionaries believe that today’s
heavy trucks, unlike small to
medium urban delivery vehicles, will still be very similar to the trucks we see today.
If indeed it turns out that way, Scania’s only recently unveiled new truck can
still be seen in largely unchanged form in say 2035...more
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