New step in Scania’s generation shift:
New distribution vehicles at RAI in Amsterdam – new models, new engines, new cabs and chassis
At the RAI truck show in Amsterdam Scania launches a series of trucks for urban and regional distribution and trucks for various types of heavy, demanding haulage. With many new engine options and additional models for long-haulage and construction-type operation, Scania’s 4-series now covers all transport segments above 16 tonnes.
The D-class is the new range for urban and regional distribution duties. Characterised by high performance and excellent comfort, these trucks are also sturdy and have a high payload.
The G-class is also new. It comprises a wide range of trucks for various types of heavy and demanding haulage, for example timber haulage and heavy long-haulage on poor roads.
At the same time a broad range of models for long-distance and construction-type haulage is added to the previously launched L- and C-classes. The L-class now includes trucks for all segments of long-distance haulage. The C-class, which was launched at the Geneva show less than one month ago, now features new outputs.
Several new engines are launched. A new 9-litre engine is offered with outputs of 220, 260 and 310 hp. Scania’s popular 11-litre engine features in the 4-series with an output of 340 hp. A new 360-hp version of the new 12-litre engine is suitable for a large number of transport tasks, including most artic applications. In addition, the 400-hp 12-litre and 460- or 530-hp 14-litre engines are available.
The low P-cab now arrives in both day and sleeper form. The higher R-cab is offered in three versions: day cab, normal sleeper and the high-roof Topline. Among the news is also a range of new wheel configurations and new air suspension.
Scania’s President and CEO Leif Östling:
”When the 4-series trucks have been fully phased into our European production later this year, our customers will have access to twice as many models as before. The new trucks are also easier to tailor to individual needs. Our range of trucks for heavy haulage is no doubt the strongest on the market.
”The new distribution and construction vehicles pave the way into segments where we have so far only had a limited range to offer. We now also have a full range of sturdy trucks for other types of heavy haulage.
”In long-haulage, where we are already among the leaders, we can further strengthen our position by widening the choice for the customer.”
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Scania’s modular system – the unique building-block system with flexible components – is strongly developed in the 4-series. The customers have a drastically larger choice. The number of specification alternatives increases from 800 million to 1,800 million. At the same time the number of components drops by 10% overall and by 30% in the cab.
The modular system effectively contributes to a lower impact on the environment. Each vehicle can be tailored precisely to the needs of the customer. With fewer components used to build the complete range, carefully considered choice of materials and processes and high product quality, the consumption of energy and raw materials will be lower. This leads to lower environmental load throughout the life-cycle of the vehicle – from development and production, via service and repairs, to scrapping and recycling.
The 4-series has been designed with maximum flexibility and customer benefit as the overall target. Lower air resistance from the new cabs and more efficient engines reduce energy consumption throughout the service life of the vehicle. The strength of the components can be adapted to suit each type of transport – from coping with overloads in the gravel pit to maximum payload in distribution and long-haulage.
The driver’s role is decisive to efficiency. A comfortable and practical workplace coupled to good driver-vehicle interaction has therefore been among the top priorities in all development work. The fact that the human factor is the cause of most automotive accidents means that maximum driver comfort also contributes to improved road safety. The driver-vehicle interaction and the design of the driver’s station are decisive factors if the vehicle is to be driven as safely as possible.
Scania’s new seats with integrated seat belts helps retain the driver in the seat, protected by the strong cab. Integrated belts are so comfortable to wear that the driver is in no way hampered in his work.
Since 1990, Scania is carrying out tests with airbags as a complement to integrated seat belts. A truck accident is very different and takes place much more slowly compared to a car accident. Should the airbag release too early, the driver may lose control. Development is now concentrated on finding the right moment for the airbag to release. Scania will later offer airbags as an additional protection for a belted driver in the 4-series.