The winner chose a Scania V8

The winner chose a Scania V8

The reigning Young European Truck Driver, Denmark’s Lars Søndergård, has received his prize – a Scania R 580 V8 specified to his requirements with a special focus on road safety and fuel efficiency.

In April, Lars Søndergård, from Tørring on Jutland in Denmark, was crowned Young European Truck Driver 2014/2015 and was awarded a truck of his choice at a value of 100,000 euros. He was quick to decide on a Scania V8.

First-hand experience

In October, Søndergård visited Scania’s production facilities in Södertälje, Sweden, to follow his prize, an R 580 V8, through production. At the production site he got to be the first person to start the engine.

Finally, on 13 November, he picked up his V8 truck equipped to his own detailed specifications, including the YETD logotype painted on the cab.

Lars Søndergård’s Scania R 580 V8 truck which he was awarded after winning Young European Truck Driver 2014/2015. Photo: Claus Sjödin

Lars Søndergård’s Scania R 580 V8 truck which he was awarded after winning Young European Truck Driver 2014/2015. Photo: Claus Sjödin

When specifying his new truck, Søndergård paid special attention to safety features, such as a rear-view camera on the vehicle’s right-hand side. He also decided on an Ecolution by Scania contract to reduce its environmental impact and fuel consumption.

The truck is the first V8 and the third vehicle in the fleet of Søndergård’s company, Aale Vognmandsforretning (Aale Transport Company).

Trained service technician

The truck was handed over at a ceremony at Scania’s dealership in Vejle, Denmark, attended by some 50 people, including family, friends, press and media.

Søndergård is a trained service technician with 11 years of experience driving trucks.

Winner of Young European Truck Driver 2014/2015 Lars Søndergård. Photo: Claus Sjödin

Winner of Young European Truck Driver 2014/2015 Lars Søndergård. Photo: Claus Sjödin