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1949: The "400,000 kilometre engine"

In 1949, Scania-Vabis launched direct fuel injection in its diesel engines, considerably increasing fuel efficiency. In fact, the durability of this engine range was so good that it became known as the “400,000-kilometre engine” In 1950, the company instituted an award for those who had driven the distance with their Scania-Vabis without an engine overhaul. The award was handed out for the first time in 1954. Over a period of years, nearly 2,000 of these honours were presented to drivers and truck owners, before being discontinued due to the fact that almost all engines met these criteria.

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