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Scania Launches Its New Truck Generation in Singapore

26 October 2018, SINGAPORE – Scania today launched a new award-winning truck generation in Singapore, designed and engineered to give fleet owners greater total operating economy and profitability with a smaller carbon footprint.

The New Truck Generation by Scania is the result of 10 years of development work, involving the company’s largest-ever investment of about SEK 20 billion (S$3 billion) and more than 10 million kilometres of test driving. It replaces Scania’s PGR generation of trucks, which has been available in Singapore since 2006.

“Scania has invested substantially to develop a whole generation of heavy-duty trucks tailored to address the specific challenges of fleet operators,” says Mr Anders Liss, Country Manager of Scania Singapore and Regional Manager of South Malaysia and Singapore. “With the New Truck Generation, we reinforce our commitment to help our customers achieve higher levels of sustainability, safety and profitability in their businesses.”

New Modular Range

The New Truck Generation by Scania has been developed for long haulage, construction and urban applications, with a strong focus on customer profitability.

It features design and technical improvements to the P-series, G-series and R-series cabs that were mainstays of the PGR generation. In addition, the launch offers the new L-series and S-series cabs to complete the full range of options for Singapore customers.

The L-series cab is purpose-designed for urban applications – such as distribution, refuse collection and maintenance – in congested city conditions. It is a spacious low cab that puts the driver at the same level as other vehicles on the road. The S-series cab, the tallest in the range, features a flat floor and a high roof to maximise interior space and comfort for long-distance driving.

Scania is also introducing the XT range, with additional technical specifications built to enhance the robustness of trucks that work in rough terrains, such as construction sites. These include a high air intake to supply the engine with the cleanest air possible in dusty environments and a tow pin with 40-tonne towing capacity in the front to enable the truck to be pulled out quickly.

The XT range also features a sturdy steel bumper, skid plate and headlamp protection to withstand harsh working conditions. The addition of a fold-out service step in the bumper and an inspection step at the side of the cab, together with grab handles, further allows for safe and easy access to check the engine, body or cargo.

The new generation continues to adopt Scania’s unique modular system, where customers can customise their vehicle configurations according to their choice of cabs, engines and chassis. This system maximises spare parts availability and minimises downtime for vehicles needing repairs and replacements, allowing customers to benefit from incremental revenues.

Fuel Economy

Facilitating the drive towards sustainable transport solutions, Scania has designed the new trucks to achieve up to 5% reduction in fuel consumption on conventional Euro 6 diesel engines over the previous generation.

This is due to a 3% reduction through improvements to the Euro 6 diesel engine, relying on selective catalytic reduction technology for exhaust, which is currently in its third-generation. A further 2% reduction in fuel consumption is achieved through improved aerodynamics in the truck design to minimise drag.

“Fuel savings translates directly to reduced operating costs for fleet operators and owners and lower carbon emissions for society as a whole,” says Mr Liss. “We can now see Scania trucks doing their work and making important contributions to our economy, with more savings to fleet operators and less impact to our environment.”

Scania has also made available the broadest range of alternative fuel and technology solutions on its new trucks. These include engines that operate on natural gas, hydro-treated vegetable oil, bioethanol, biogas, biodiesel as well as hybrid drivetrains, platooning and autonomous vehicle systems.

Safety Focus

The New Truck Generation by Scania feature a more robust monocoque structure with high tensile steel, engineered in collaboration with Scania’s sister company, Porsche Engineering. Apart from the advanced emergency braking system, the new generation has built in a number of new safety features.

The repositioned front axle 50 millimetres closer to the front and a lower centre of gravity create a shorter overhang to reduce the degree of kneeling under heavy braking.  The 30” brake chambers for the disc brakes on the front axle, which is a basic configuration for long-haul vehicles, further guarantees good braking performance. These active safety features work together to improve braking distance by 5%, from 40 metres to 38 metres for a truck with a 40-tonne gross trailer weight assuming the same tyre and road conditions.

To enhance passive safety, the new generation introduces rollover side curtain airbags, which can potentially reduce fatalities from rollover accidents by up to 25%. Scania’s engineer who designed this innovative feature was recognised with the European Traffic Safety Award for Commercial Vehicles in 2017, an accolade presented by the European Association for Accident Research and Accident Analysis, DEKRA and the German Road Traffic Safety Council.

The design of the steering column directly beneath the steering wheel is also intended to absorb impact energy and reduce impact force to the driver during incidents.

The interior ergonomics of the cab design also enhance comfort and functionality for the driver to focus on driving more safely. The driver’s view of the road is enhanced with a lower instrument panel and optimised A-pillars combined with the positioning of the driver 6.5 millimetres closer to the windscreen and 20 millimetres towards the side. Optional camera sensors and other warning systems are available to enhance safety.

“No effort was spared in the extensive development process to ensure that the drivers enjoy the best possible visibility, manoeuvrability, comfort and driving experience to ensure the safest interaction with other road users,” says Mr Liss.

Scania Total Solutions

Scania continues to provide a package of productivity-enhancing services for customers to unlock more value from their new trucks. These include repair and maintenance contracts with standard or flexible plans at Scania’s two workshops at Senoko Road and Benoi Road.

Customers can also leverage the connectivity of the trucks to use the Fleet Management System, for the real-time tracking of the trucks, and Fleet Care services, which outsources the service planning and fleet optimisation functions to Scania. These connected services yield real-time data and long-term trends for fleet owners and operators to plan how to manage their vehicles and drivers. Scania also conducts driver training and coaching to upgrade the skills of drivers to be able to increase fuel efficiency and road safety.

“We have a holistic approach to partner with customers well beyond the sale. We look into the long-term aspects of planned maintenance, data analysis and driver skills to help customers get the most uptime and revenues from each vehicle they buy,” says Mr Liss. “Scania Total Solutions provide the value-added assurance to customers that their fleets are performing in peak condition to bring about more fuel efficiency and total operating economy.”

With the official opening of Scania Credit Singapore this month, customers can further benefit from flexible financing solutions tailored to their business plans and budgets.

Market Acceptance and Achievements

Scania’s New Truck Generation has received several international accolades. It topped the 1,000 Point Test in 2016 and 2017, a fuel performance challenge scored by European trucking journalists and organised by Germany’s ETM Verlag.

The new S-series truck clinched the prestigious International Truck of the Year 2017, awarded by a panel of leading trucking journalists representing 25 countries in Europe. It was judged to have delivered substantial improvements in cab aerodynamics, driveability, comfort, safety and driveline performance.

Scania also received the Green Truck Award for two years consecutively, in 2017 and 2018, from VerkehrsRundschau and Trucker magazines, which recognised the fuel economy of the new R-series trucks.

Since the new generation was first introduced in Europe in late-2016, more than 53,000 units of trucks have been sold worldwide.

In Singapore, the trucks have received overwhelming response during the pre-launch period in 2018.  A handover ceremony was conducted at the official launch of the New Truck Generation this evening for 18 customers from Singapore.

Customers getting to know 127 years of Scania’s technological advancement at the new truck generation launch in Singapore.

Scania Singapore launching the new truck generation in Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 26th of October 2018.

Head of Styling and Industrial Design, Scania CVAB, Kristofer Hansén and Pre Sales Director of Scania Southeast Asia, explaining how tailor made solutions with the new truck generation can achieve the best total operating economy.

Strategic Customer Development Director of Scania Southeast Asia, Idros Puteh highlighting the S500A6X4NZ for long-haulage segments which provides outstanding fuel efficiency, high torque, and low emissions.

Services Director of Scania Southeast Asia, Thor Brenden enlightening Scania Singapore’s customers on the extra inspection step and sturdy tow bar of the Scania XT truck making it suitable for rough and tough conditions.

Scania Southeast Asia Pre Sales Director, Tom Kuiphuis showcasing the P250B4x2NZ for the urban segment which has improved visibility of surroundings and puts you on the same level as other vehicles travelling the city streets.

Introducing the new Scania XT range in Singapore built to withstand challenging surroundings, secure uptime and boost productivity in the construction segment.

Customers exploring the design changes in the new truck generation chassis that improve handling and driveability.

Sustainability Manager of Scania Southeast Asia, David Lantz walking the customers through Scania’s three approaches to achieving a sustainable transport system: Smart and safe transport, alternative fuels and electrification and energy efficiency.

Contracted Services Manager of Scania Singapore, Kamaru Zaman and Parts Manager of Scania Singapore, Truman Liu explaining how increased payload coupled with increased uptime and a shorter duration from point of pick up to delivery, will ensure increased productivity.

Managing Director of Scania Finance Asia, Matthew Lawrence launching Scania Credit Singapore, adding more options to the already wide range of solutions from Scania.

From left to right: Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia, Marie Sjödin Enström, Country Manager of Scania Singapore, Anders Liss and Regional Executive Director of Asia and Oceania, Anders Gustafsson handing over the keys to the first new truck generation customers in Singapore.

The New Truck Generation from Scania, featuring (from left) the L-series cab, the G-series cab with XT configuration, the R-series cab, the G-series cab, the P-series cab and the S-series cab.

The new S-series cab features a spacious flat-floor interior designed for the comfort of drivers handling long haulage.

The new L-series cabs, built for urban applications, sits the drivers at the same level as other vehicles on city streets.

The popular P-series cab has undergone design and technical improvements.

In a long haulage application, the new S-series cab provides exceptional performance with outstanding fuel efficiency, high torque and low emissions.

The XT range in the New Truck Generation from Scania is engineered for rough terrains such as construction sites.

The R-series tipper truck in XT configuration has a robust steel bumper for greater protection while working in a construction site.

The G-series truck in XT configuration has additional features to withstand harsh working conditions.

The L-series cab combines a spacious interior with compact exterior dimensions, for urban applications in congested city conditions

The New Truck Generation from Scania offers a range of modularly configured vehicles tailored for long haulage, construction and urban applications.