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10 September 2002 16:00 CET
Scania at IAA 2002:
Own injection system in large-scale production Two innovative styling concepts Scania HPI, Scania’s high-pressure injection system, is now introduced on all 12-litre engines. Scania's 12-litre engines now cover both the best-selling and the fastest-growing segments on the European truck market. Annual volumes are expected to reach 15,000.
Scania is exhibiting two brand new design concepts: Scania eXc is a truck with an extra long sleeper cab designed for drivers who spend weeks on end in their trucks, for example travelling across one or more continents. Scania STAX is an advanced styling study of a future bonneted truck intended to provide extra image and prestige for the operator. The objective is to assess the interest among truck professionals in these two futuristic transport solutions.
Scania HPI (High Pressure Injection)
Scania's 12-litre turbocompound engines were the first to be fitted with the fuel injection system developed jointly by Scania and Cummins. These engines are now followed by a new 420 hp version that will cater for Scania's presence in the largest segment on the market (from 400 up to around 450 hp). Customer benefits include more performance, better driveability, fewer gearchanges, more uptime, longer oil-change intervals, as well as quick and smooth access to parts and servicing.
With some 10,000 units sold per year, the 12-litre 420-hp unit is Scania's best-selling engine. And the success of the turbocompound engines (470 and 440 hp) has added close to 4,500 units on an annual basis, well beyond expectations.
The introduction of Scania HPI on the 420-hp engine means that on an annual basis close to 15,000 Scania engines will be fitted with the most innovative injection system on the market. The use of in-house components will secure good parts supply and servicing via the Scania organisation.
Scania eXc (extended cab)
Disregarding length restrictions, how would you like to live when you need to stay away several weeks on a transport assignment, mostly with the cab as the only lodging available? There is a lot to be gained in road safety when drivers drive and live in comfort.
An improved road network between Europe and the Far East – which has progressed well beyond the Utopian stage today – will open the potential for very long intercontinental truck transport services. Plans even include a connection to Japan, presumably via a tunnel, like under the English Channel.
Scania eXc with its new interior concept has been developed by Scania’s styling and vehicle ergonomics department on the basis of customer clinics with drivers who sleep at least four nights a week in their trucks. Using Scania's modular system, the cab has been extended by 1300 mm. This is sufficient to provide a spacious living and sleeping area behind the driver's seat.
The cab is equipped with a full-size bed, and armchair, a kitchenette, ample storage facilities with a variety of drawers and lockers, some accessible from the outside. In-cab entertainment includes a flat-screen TV-set and an advanced sound system. The standard 900 mm wide bed above the driver's seat provides a full-size 'guestroom'.
Without any extra ado, the driver can simply walk away from his workplace into the living area for some relaxation or rest.
Scania STAX (Scania Truck – Advanced Xterior)
Will future truck operators be prepared to sacrifice some cargo volume and payload for nice looks and superior driver comfort? This is Scania's idea behind the second design concept, which could become reality in 10-15 years' time.
‘Conventionals’, as bonneted trucks are called in the US, only account for about one percent of the total European truck market. Yet, if you ask a child to draw a truck, it will almost certainly have a bonnet. A bonnet gives such a strong identity that some customers want to use some load capacity to boost their image.
A team of industrial designers were given free hands to look 2-3 generations ahead. They started looking for visual cues, shapes and expressions. Another source of inspiration was the customisation culture in the US, where many truck owners want to stand out from the crowd. Some cues, like the negative slope of the grille and windscreen pillars, were found on pick-up trucks from the 1960s. Other traits were found in the century-long history of Scania bonneted trucks.
The flowing lines of the quarter-scale model are truly eye-catching. The reactions of the visitors will help form a decision base for Scania's styling department.