2000 - A strong brand in a new century
So far, the 21st century has seen a number of initiatives that have generated stronger awareness of the brand. Scania started the driver competitions around the world, launched a new truck range and presented its own collection of clothes.
In 2000 Scania built its millionth vehicle – a truck. It was collaboration among eleven production plants in five countries, with final assembly in Zwolle, the Netherlands. The same year Scania launched a 16-litre V8 engine with an output of 580 hp and decided to set up a bus assembly plant in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Investor AB signed an agreement with Volkswagen AG on the sale of 37.4 million A shares in Scania. The sale means that Volkswagen comes into and takes a lead ownership responsibility in Scania. The agreement means a stability that gives Scania the possibility of looking forward and continuing to develop as a world-leading manufacturer of heavy commercial vehicles.
In 2001, Scania launched a new emission-free fuel-cell concept for city buses.
Co-operation with Yanmar and Hino
In 2002, after 35 years in Katrineholm,Sweden,bus chassis production moved back to Södertälje and was integrated with truck operations. At the same time Scania established the bus and bodyworking subsidiary Omni.
Scania and the Japanese company Yanmar started a strategic international co-operation, which gave Yanmar the right to sell and market Scania marine engines to the pleasure boat market all over the world.
Although most component manufacture was already in Sweden, the company consolidated its cab production by transferring the work done in theNetherlandsto Scania Cabs in Oskarshamn.
Scania and the Japanese commercial vehicle manufacturer Hino Motors entered a strategic co-operation agreement. The aim of this agreement was to establish a long-term business alliance in order to increase the market potential for both companies.
In 2003 Scania organised “Young European Truck Driver” - the biggest competition ever for heavy truck drivers in Europe. The competition, attracting 6,000 contestants, was the first for heavy truck drivers to be organised in partnership with the European Commission.
The Scania Irizar PB received the Coach of the Year 2004 award in Europe.
Scania Omni consolidated its production of bus bodies to Poland.
New truck range
In 2004 Scania launched its new truck range PRT. Scania's focus during development of the new truck range was to create an even better environment for the driver and to provide even better earning power for the owner. Later that year Scania was awarded the prestigious trophy International Truck of the Year 2005.
Scania was the first vehicle manufacturer to deliver trucks with engines that met the EU’s Euro 4 Standard.
In 2005, Scania moved into the world of fashion with the launch of its own collection of clothes - the Scania Truck Gear Collection.
This year Scania signed a new joint venture agreement with America’s Cummins on the production of a new generation of high-pressure injectors for diesel engines – Xtra-High Pressure Injection (XPI).
Scania launched the most powerful truck engine so far, a V8 with an output of 620 hp.
Scania celebrated 100 years since of delivering industrial engines. The company's first customer was the fire brigade in Stockholm, Sweden.
The T-model said goodbye - Scania put an end to a century-long design concept. Sales of the bonneted T-model had declined during the past 10 years, and it was no longer defensible to continue developing and producing it.
In 2006, Scania decided to concentrate its production of axles and gearboxes in Södertälje, Sweden, from the company’s units in Falun and Sibbhult, Sweden, and its European parts management in Belgium.
A new generation of buses and coaches was launched in 2006.
MAN AG made a public offer for all the shares in Scania AB, but the Board of Scania rejected MAN’s offer.
Scania welcomed MAN’s decision to withdraw its offer for Scania.
A new facility for painting cab and chassis parts was inaugurated in Meppel, the Netherlands.
50 years in Brazil
Scania celebrated 50 years in Brazil, where the company's strong market position has left its mark on the local language: In Brazil, the word “Scania” is often used as an expression for a big truck.
A new Euro 5 engine platform was launched. Scania became the first truck manufacturer to achieve Euro 5 without exhaust gas after treatment. Scania presented a hybrid bus that saved fuel by at least 25 precent and cut fossil CO2 emissions by up to 90 percent when fuelled with ethanol.
In 2008, Volkswagen announced in March that it had reached an agreement to acquire the shares in Scania owned by Investor and the Wallenberg Foundations, becoming the main owner of Scania.
Scania signed an agreement in principle with the government of Iraq on assembly of trucks and buses in that country.
After nearly 20 years as a supplier of ethanol buses, Scania broadened its range of ethanol-powered vehicles for urban traffic with the company’s first ethanol trucks.
In May 2009, Scania started full-scale operational trials with ethanol-fuelled hybrid buses in Stockholm.
Brand-new R-series trucks were introduced in September, and a few months later were awarded Truck of the Year 2010. To appeal to drivers, the trucks featured an all-new cab environment. Options included the new Scania Driver Support system, which offered professional drivers real-time feedback for refining their driving style. Another option was a fully automated gear-changing system, Scania Opticruise, which improved total operating costs.
At the Busworld exhibition in October, Scania launched Scania Touring, a new coach built in partnership with a Chinese company, bus bodybuilder Higer. Scania and Higer joined forces to produce buses in China for the world market – a pioneering step forward in bus manufacturing.
Also in 2009, Scania was commended by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for the company’s approach to climate change disclosure.