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07 February 1996 12:00 CET

Scania was presented the International Truck of the Year award 1996

Scania’s new trucks were crowned with success today at the truck exhibition in Amsterdam. Leif Östling, Scania’s President and CEO, received the International Truck of the Year award 1996 from the chairman of the jury, Tiit Tamme. This is the second time Scania obtains the most prestigious trophy for the truck industry and the 20th anniversary for the award. The jury consists of 14 independent trade journalists from all over Europe.

”The 1996 International Truck of the Year award is strong proof of the good job performed by the Scania organisation,” said Leif Östling at the ceremony on the Scania stand. ”The recognition is not directed only to development and production engineers, but extends to many other Scania employees.”

This year's trophy is awarded for Scania’s L-class – the first models in the 4-series, launched in October 1995 and intended for long-distance haulage. In 1989 Scania received the award for its previous truck generation, the 3-series.

Tiit Tamme, chairman of the jury and editor-in-chief of the Swedish magazine iTrafik, gave the following reasons for the jury’s decision:

”Scania’s most recent success continues to propel the company on its chosen path towards ever-increasing modularity and component rationalisation. Owing to its focus on heavy vehicles, Scania has met with more success here than any other manufacturer.”

The jury also lavished praise on the Bertone-designed cab and the new 12-litre engine.

”The jury has actually more or less summarised the objectives we set up when we started developing the 4-series in the late ‘80s,” Mr Östling said in his speech. ”Judging by reactions not only from the jury, but from our customers and other trade analysts, we have reached our goals.

”Since October last year, we have continued our launch activities. At the truck show in Geneva less than a month ago we presented the C-class, a range of new models intended for example for demanding site and construction work. Our launch today of the D- and G- classes – vehicles designed for distribution and varying types of very heavy haulage – means that the 4-series covers all segments of the heavy-haulage sector,” continued Leif Östling.

”Seven years of hard and inspiring work and 3.5 billion Swedish crowns or 500 million US dollars in investments lie behind our new truck generation. It is the largest and most important project ever undertaken by our organisation and we are very proud to have received this award.”

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Scania is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. A growing proportion of the company’s operations consists of products and services in the financial and service sectors, assuring Scania customers of cost-effective transport solutions and maximum uptime. Employing 35,000 people, Scania operates in about 100 countries. Research and development activities are concentrated in Sweden, while production takes place in Europe and South America, with facilities for global interchange of both components and complete vehicles. In 2007, invoiced sales totalled SEK 84.5 billion and net income amounted to SEK 8.6 billion. Scania press releases are available at www.scania.com