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Lots of safety features and new truck models

Major news from Scania meets an international audience:

Electronically controlled brakes with discs on all wheels

Safety package with integrated seat belts as standard, and optional belt tensioners and

driver’s airbag

New T-truck – Scania’s bonneted model – combines good looks with practicality

New CrewCabs

Many multi-wheeler options

Factory-fitted alarm and immobiliser system

One-day bodybuilding with new chassis interface

New bus generation under way

At this year’s exhibition a large number of Scania products are shown for the first time to an international audience. On display is a representative selection of models from the new 4-series truck range, as well as the first models in a new bus generation (see separate release). The following new Scania products make their international debut at the Hannover exhibition:

Electronic disc brakes stop faster

Scania is the first heavy truck manufacturer to offer disc brakes on all wheels combined with electronic control. The electronic control system provides faster brake application and release, as well as passenger-car pedal feel.

The disc brakes give higher ultimate retardation than drums and are less prone to fade. Maintenance is easier and there is a wear indicator on the dashboard.

With Scania's new brake system, a 40-tonne artic combination will stop in around 35 metres from 80 km/h on dry tarmac, compared to slightly more than 40 metres with a conventional Scania system.

Safety package with belt tensioners and driver’s airbag

Scania was the first truck manufacturer to offer integrated seat belts in 1987. Additional protection is now available for the belted driver. Scania’s luxury seats are available with seat belt tensioners and a driver’s airbag can also be specified.

New T-trucks with good looks and practicality

The 4-series truck range now includes the bonneted T-model. The complete modular truck range was styled in co-operation with Bertone, the famous Italian automotive styling house. The T-model was developed together with the forward-control trucks.

Scania has a long tradition of bonneted trucks. Scania pioneered its modular truck design concept in the early 1980s. The T-model has since been the only fully modern bonneted truck on the market – and a strong image-builder for Scania. With the new truck generation, Italian flair is neatly blended with Swedish technology.

Other truck news from Scania

• A new CrewCab in two lengths for fire and rescue vehicles.

• New six- and eight-wheeler configurations, including a hydraulically steered trailing axle. The total number of multi-wheel models has doubled.

• A factory-fitted alarm and immobiliser system with assault alarm is available.

• A new range of fittings and preparations enables the most common types of bodywork to be fitted in only one working day.

4-series launch complete in Europe

The introduction of the 4-series truck generation started in October 1995 with a range of long-haulage models that gained the ”International Truck of the Year 1996” title.

During 1996, the 4-series trucks are gradually replacing the 3-series in the distribution, construction and general haulage segments. The total production changeover in Europe will take just over a year. The generation shift in Latin America will take place in late 1997.

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Scania is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. With 22,000 employees and production facilities in Europe and Latin America, Scania is one of the most profitable companies in its sector. In 1995, turnover totalled approx. SEK 34,800 million and profits after depreciation approx. SEK 4,800 million. Scania products are marketed in about 100 countries worldwide and approximately 95% of total production is sold outside Sweden.