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Scania to preview Low-Entry Cab at Melbourne Truck Show

Scania Australia will preview a Low-Entry Cab as part of its display at the Melbourne Truck, Trailer and Equipment Show in Melbourne from 18-20 March 2010.

Increased productivity is the driver behind a unique, unusual and attractive Scania to be displayed in Melbourne in March.

In Europe, the Low-Entry Cab is a Scania speciality. It is a very popular option across the trade waste, multi-drop distribution and airside markets there.

The extra-wide double step entry and wide 90-degree opening doors and convenient grab handles make getting in and out much easier for drivers.

The low overall cab height is also suitable for vehicles that must meet height restrictions, such as truck-mounted hydraulic platforms used by fire authorities.

The Scania Low-Entry Cab is factory build and a regular cab variant.

This means it is built to the same high quality standards by the same highly-skilled technicians using identical materials and methods to all other Scania cabs, giving great assurance to operators and drivers.

Scania is one of a very small number of truck manufacturers to offer a production-line built Low-Entry solution.

The Low-Entry Cab is available as a P-series standard roof Sleeper Cab or may be configured with seating for two extra people, if required.

A flat floor aids cross-cab movement and allows easy boarding from either side for the driver and crew.

Behind the seats there are facilities for wet-weather gear with drainage, allowing it to be hung up to dry.

All Scania cabs offer world leading safety engineering (based on numerous crash test simulations and real-life tests) and feature class-leading ergonomics.

The all-steel Scania Low-Entry Cab is fitted to a chassis that boasts air suspension all round, incorporating a kneeling function for ease of use and flexibility of utilisation, where adjusting static vehicle height is required.

The example on display at the Melbourne Show is a 6x4 rigid powered by Scania’s five-cylinder 270hp Euro 4 EGR engine, with an Allison six-speed automatic transmission.

The seats are finished in hardwearing vinyl, while red seat belts and yellow grab handles accentuate the impression of a premium workhorse that’s been thoughtfully designed.

Based on the Scania Sleeper, the Low-Entry offers a range of cab roof heights (low, normal or high), chassis heights (low, normal) and combined with various axle configurations, means there is a wide range of applications where a Low-Entry Cab would be suitable.

“The ergonomics of the Scania Low-Entry Cab promise a notable boost in productivity, and a high degree of driver appreciation in specific applications,” says Roger McCarthy, Managing Director, Scania Australia.

“We have imported this vehicle for the Show to gauge interest from the Australian market for this premium product from the Scania range.

“The Scania Low-Entry Cab is identical in every way to our regular range in terms of quality, durability and reliability, but with the added advantage of low entry and exit, which will be appreciated by drivers, and by employers ever more mindful of OH&S regulations.

“In Europe, the Scania Low-Entry Cab has been very successful and Scania has made it a part of the Complete Vehicles Programme there, where the chassis and cab are supplied to the end user with a specific body type already fitted,” Roger says.

“We will be interested to receive feedback from visitors to the Show as to how they see this concept working in Australia.”