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New Managing Director of Scania Deutschland in 1997

Scania’s German importing company, Scania Deutschland, will change Managing Director in March 1997. At that time the current Managing Director, Stein Ingvoldstad, will assume a new management position in Scania’s marketing organisation. He will be succeeded by Gunnar Rustad, currently Managing Director of Norsk Scania in Norway.

“Stein Ingvoldstad has done an outstanding job of implementing the first phase of a large-scale restructuring of our operations in Germany,” comments Leif Östling, President and CEO of Scania. “Now it will be Gunnar Rustad’s task to pursue this work further, so that Scania will grow further in the German market.”

“The heavy investments we are now making in the German dealership organisation and service network, together with the new 4-series truck range, provide a good foundation for my successor to continue expanding Scania’s business in Germany,” says Stein Ingvoldstad, Managing Director of Scania Deutschland.

Gunnar Rustad, 47, joined Scania in 1987 after serving as Managing Director of a subsidiary of ABB. Until 1989 he headed the Scania Nord dealership company. After that he has been responsible for Norsk Scania, first as Executive Vice President and since 1991 as Managing Director. Today Scania has a very strong position in the Norwegian market and is very profitable there.

The German market for heavy vehicles is the largest in Europe, accounting for 20-25 percent of heavy truck sales in Europe, or 35,000-40,000 units per year. Germany is also a major bus market. For many years, Scania has been the largest import marque in Germany, with a market share of around 8 percent. Scania is now investing heavily to strengthen its dealership organisation and expand its service network, in order to continue growing and to take even better care of its customers and the hauliers that drive Scanias in transit traffic through Germany.

“It is a very exciting challenge to be able to work in the largest market in Europe. I think that with my experience from both the dealership level and the importer level, I can contribute to strengthening Scania’s position in the German market,” Mr. Rustad says.

For further information, please contact Hans Rubenstein, head of Public Relations,

tel. +46-8-553 81258 or +46-70-556 07 97.

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.