Over a century of powering

Over a century of powering

From its very first 24 hp 4-cylinder engine to today’s 8-cylinder, 16-litre V8, Scania’s industrial engines have played a significant role in powering boats and industries all over the world.


Vagnfabriksaktiebolaget i Södertelge (Vabis) sets up operations to manufacture railway rolling stock in Södertälje in south central Sweden. The first motor vehicle followed in 1897 and the first truck in 1902.


Maskinfabriksaktiebolaget Scania is founded in Malmö in southern Sweden and starts building bicycles. Motor vehicles were soon added and the first truck was shown in 1902.


Vabis delivers its first standalone engine, which is used by a customer to propel a boat.


Scania’s very first industrial engine is delivered to the fire brigade in Stockholm, Sweden, to be installed in a water pump. The engine is a 24 hp, 4-cylinder unit with cylinders cast in pairs, overhead valves and central forced lubrication.


Scania engines are awarded a silver medal for design and finish at an exhibition in St Petersburg, Russia.


The newly merged company Scania-Vabis, makes its first export sales of 74 engines to a taxi company in Copenhagen, Denmark. And in 1913, a buyer in St. Petersburg, Russia, orders two mobile engines for oil drilling.


A 5-metre motor yacht powered by a 12 hp 4-cylinder Scania-Vabis engine with a maximum speed of 8.5 knots is presented in a Swedish-Russian-English catalogue.


An important order from the Swedish Customs Service of nine six-cylinder marine engines for patrol boats formally opens up a new product area: industrial and marine engines.


The company’s talented and innovative designer August Nilsson patents a new carburettor, which improves reliability as well as fuel consumption. Nilsson’s engine designs are the main reason why Scania-Vabis is successful in the engine market as well as in the truck and bus markets at this time. In 1923, the company launches a 4-cylinder overhead valve engine that delivers 36 hp. Being adaptable to different types of fuel, this fast accelerating, reliable and fuel-efficient engine becomes very popular with customers. Among them are Atlas-Diesel, now Atlas Copco, which exports air compressors and other equipment.


The first in-house diesel engine is introduced, a 6-cylinder pre-combustion diesel with 120 hp.


The first modular engine range is introduced, featuring 4-, 6- and 8-cylinder versions with many common parts and components.


Scania introduces its first direct-injection diesel engine, thanks to a partnership with Leyland. It is sold in 4- and 6-cylinder versions. The new engines have many advantages, including low fuel consumption and high reliability.


A new 10-litre 6-cylinder diesel engine is launched, followed in 1960 by a turbocharged version. Besides trucks and buses, the engine is installed in products such as forklift trucks, dump trucks and terminal tractors. Enlarged to 11 litres in 1962, it remained in production until 1998.


A direct-injection, turbocharged, 8-cylinder 14.2-litre V8 engine is launched. It has an output of 350 hp and was the most powerful truck engine in Europe at the time.


Scania’s industrial and marine engines gets their characteristic signature colour: paprika red.


A charge-cooled marine version of the successful 14-litre V8 engine is unveiled delivering 347 hp followed by a version for powering marine generator sets.


Japanese company Yanmar and Scania start a strategic international cooperation, giving Yanmar the right to sell and market Scania marine engines to the pleasure boat market worldwide.


A new range of 9-, 13- and 16-litre industrial engines is introduced at the Intermat exhibition in Paris. The engines comply with the Stage IIIB and Tier 4i regulations. Some of the key characteristics are the Scania XPI common-rail fuel injection and increased combustion pressure.


After an intense build-up during 2010, Scania substantially expands its North American service network. The network now comprises more than 120 service points for Scania industrial and marine engines in the United States and Canada.


Scania introduces a range of Stage IV and Tier 4 final compliant engines for off-road applications. Extensive tests and customer experience prove the engines’ robustness and show that they meet required emission levels both in the lab and on-site.


Scania releases a range of complete gensets. Rated from 250 to 665 kVA, the gensets feature fuel-optimised engines and an EGR option.


Scania’s customers enjoy a variety of industrial engines for use in a wide range of applications. The range consists of the 9-, 13- and 16-litre engines and they are found all over the world in snow groomers, reach stackers, sugar-cane harvesters, container handlers, stone crushers and much more.