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Scania brings the International Truck of the Year 2017
to the Brisbane Truck Show

Fresh from its IAA-presented International Truck of the Year award, and seeing off its rivals in the much-lauded European 1,000-point comparison test, the Scania S 500 is set to be the star of the Brisbane Truck Show.

Scania will present the International Truck of the Year 2017 and winner of Europe’s highly respected 1,000-point heavy vehicle comparison test ­– the all-new Scania
S 500 – at the Brisbane Truck Show from 25-28 May, 2017.

This will be the first time an example of the New Truck Generation Scania will be seen in Australia, and indeed, it will also be its first public presentation in the Southern Hemisphere, following the global reveal in Paris last August.

The Brisbane Truck Show Scania S 500 display vehicle will be brought out specifically for the show and will return to Europe immediately after it concludes.

“We are bringing out for the Brisbane Truck Show an example of the New Truck Generation Scania prime mover that won the 1,000-point test undertaken by a number of highly respected heavy vehicle publications in Europe last year,” said Roger McCarthy, Managing Director of Scania Australia.

“The Scania S 500 won the recent 1,000-point test beating off three rival Europeans, underlining its strength across many categories under scrutiny, such as high performance, economy, excellent driving characteristics, ease of operation, safety and driver comfort.

“As a result of this impressive vote of confidence in the new all-new Scania, we took the decision to fast-track the delivery of an example of the S 500 to Australia, even though the commercial launch of the New Truck Generation Scania range is still some considerable way off,” Mr McCarthy said.

“The truck on display is representative of a specification that could be offered to the Australian market once the New Truck Generation Scania is launched here.

“The Brisbane Truck Show will be the only place this vehicle can be inspected and admired, prior to its return to Europe. It will be joined on the Scania display stand by a selection of the current generation of Scania prime movers including the current flagship, the R 730 V8, a G 480 prime mover and a P 310 8x2 rigid,” he said.

“We will also be demonstrating the advantages of Scania Maintenance with Flexible Plans, which combined with Scania Optimise, provides fleets and owners with a deep and user-friendly insights into the most cost-effective and efficient way to maximise the profitability of their Scania assets.

“The Scania stand at the Brisbane Truck Show will provide all truck operators with the perfect opportunity to gain a clear understanding of efficient, sustainable, safe and driver-friendly trucking,” Mr McCarthy said.

Show truck in detail

The Scania S 500 on display will be a right-hand drive UK-specification vehicle, shown in 6x2/2 configuration with a pusher axle (with single wheels) and rear drive axle with dual wheels.

The new Scania S 500 boasts a completely flat cab floor as well as the most powerful version of the legendary Scania 13.0-litre SCR Euro 6-compliant six-cylinder in-line engine, producing 500 hp (373 kW) at 1900 rpm, and 2550 Nm (1882 lb/ft) of torque between 1000 and 1300 rpm.

The 500 hp engine drives through the Scania GRS905R direct drive gearbox, controlled by Scania Opticruise automation, which provides three performance modes (Economy, Standard and Power). Thanks to the adoption of a new layshaft brake, Scania Opticruise gearchanging is now effected in around 0.4 of a second, around 45% quicker than previously, providing a smoother driving experience and driveline wear reduction.

The Scania S 500 is fitted with the latest high output R 4100D Scania Retarder, plus an exhaust brake, providing superior, seamless deceleration while preserving the service brakes.

The rear driven axle uses a 2.59:1 final drive ratio, reflecting the lower European speed limit for heavy goods vehicles of 85 km/h, and is equipped with a differential lock.

The show truck is the Highline model that provides additional headroom inside, allowing drivers up to 207 cm tall to stand upright, thanks to the cab’s completely flat floor.

Premium climate control, an electric roof hatch, a 1000 mm wide expandable lower bunk, and a 700 mm upper bunk ensure driver comfort.

The Scania S 500 features latest generation safety systems such as ABS/EBS with Advanced Emergency Braking, Electronic Stability Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, Scania Lane Departure Warning, as well as the world’s first driver’s side window curtain airbag, augmenting the driver’s airbag in the leather-rimmed steering wheel.

The truck will also be fitted with the latest generation of Scania Communicator, as well as LED head and tail lamps, LED daytime running lamps, and LED fog lamps, underlining the Scania’s commitment to equipping its vehicles with the highest levels of safety and convenience features in the market.

Scania S 500 for BTS