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Scania enhances market appeal for 2010

Scania enters 2010 in Australia in a positive frame of mind, having posted record results for its bus division in 2009, and out-performed the 31 percent average sales downturn in the Australian truck market, by increasing market share to 4.4 percent.

In addition, the company’s nine factory-owned branches increased sales of used trucks by almost 38 percent in 2009 compared with 2008.

For the Australian market, all Scania truck production from January 2010 will be available with Euro 5 emissions compliant engines, although Euro 4 models will continue to be available for specific customer requirements.

In 2010, Scania will introduce a range of new generation trucks, the new

R-series and new G-series, along with a number of industry-leading innovations.

The new Scania R-series has been judged ‘International Truck of the Year’ for 2010 by a panel of leading commercial vehicle journalists from 22 European countries.

The new Scania R-series is a generational update of the successful R-series launched in 2004. It includes enhanced external aerodynamic styling and a new, more driver-focussed interior.

For the Australian market, the spacious and luxurious Highline Cab is now standard on 16-litre V8-powered R-series models and optionally available on six-cylinder versions.

The new 13-litre engines are also available with various R-series cab options. The new 480hp engine is expected to be one of the more popular operator choices.

One of the key interior enhancements to the R-series is the arrival of an expandable bed to give drivers a full 900mm width on which to enjoy a good night’s sleep.

The new G-series models will be powered by the new Scania 13-litre six-cylinder XPI extra high-pressure injection engine complete with variable geometry turbocharger and Exhaust Gas Regeneration emissions control. This engine family will consist of 360hp, 400hp, 440hp and 480hp variants.

The G-series enters the range between the well established P-series and R-series models and provides an excellent base for a wide range of industry applications from construction through special purpose to inter- and intra-state delivery and linehaul.

A new generation of the innovative Scania Opticruise automated gearchange system arrives in 2010 in two variants: one with a clutch pedal and all new control software for all applications; and the other, a new Fully Automated version with no clutch pedal is suitable for applications up to 440hp. Newly developed software control allows fine manoeuvring adjustments and total control on difficult surfaces.

To assist businesses respond more quickly to changing market conditions and reduce the lead-time from order to delivery, Scania will introduce its Complete Vehicles Ready Built Program to Australia in 2010. This presently comprises two vehicles; an 8x4 chassis twin steer with a Hyva Hooklift ready mounted, or a 6x2 Curtainsider, with an Australian supplied body.

“Scania is entering a very exciting phase of its development in Australia,” says Roger McCarthy, Managing Director, Scania Australia.

“We have new generation product arriving, complete with driver-friendly features and innovative features, and we more than held our own against a soft market in 2009.

“Our Scania Complete Vehicles Ready-Built Program has already been met with considerable interest, and through 2010 we will continue to place emphasis on our total transport solutions, which aim to make the lives of transport operators easier.

“Scania has the products and services to back its claim that we are ‘Redefining transport’ to serve the needs of our customers through the whole-of-life-Scania ownership experience,” Roger says.