The history of Scania

Scania was founded in 1891. Since then we have built and delivered more than 1,400,000 trucks and buses for heavy transport work.

Today Scania is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy trucks and buses. Industrial and Marine Engines is another important business area. Unlike our competitors, we have systematically concentrated our resources in the heavy transport segment.

Even during periods of sagging markets for trucks, Scania has shown good earnings. For more than seven decades, Scania has reported a profit every year.

Eleven factories in five countries were in 2000 involved in the manufacture of Scania number 1,000,000.

In the rear view window

What is it that makes Scania the successful company it is today and who are the people behind its products? On a journey through the past, we meet the managers, inventors and workers who have contributed to Scania's history.

The difference between being a truck- or bus driver today and a hundred years ago is enormous. At the beginning of the 20th century, truck drivers worked outdoors - there were no cabs at all. Roads were barely passable, and drivers mainly needed muscle power for loading and unloading as well as for manoeuvring their trucks on the road.