The new Scania models are now in Australia, and Diesel News tried out a couple of the new models on a drive, with the Scanias pulling B-doubles from Sydney to Melbourne. This is a route over which many of the new models will ply their trade, and it has the right combination of undulation and flat running to get a feel for how the new trucks perform.
Today sees the introduction of a new major truck maker brand, Traton. This is the name chosen by the powers that be at the head of the Volkswagen Truck and Bus Group.
Drilling down into the new Scania ‘New Truck Generation’ (NTG) is full of innovation. There is a big flat-floored cabin coming – the S Series – which is just like the R Series, only higher. There is also the XT Series, a robust variation aimed at the bulk construction materials sector, well suited to mining applications. It’s a wide range of new product to carry the brand through for many years to come.
In less than 18 months, Scania has completely replaced its truck line-up – from top-weight prime movers down to low-entry urban warriors, stopping off in between with an all-new construction range. Diesel News’ European Correspondent reckons the Swedish truck maker’s recent range renewal isn’t just about multiple new cabs atop a host of revised chassis.
On one of the new models from Scania, the Swedish truck maker has decided to bring back the clutch. Man cannot live on prime mover sales alone – even if they do represent a massive chunk of the new truck market up here. As part of it whole range change, Scania have filled in the remaining gaps in its New Generation line-up. Read more
Late last year, Scania completed its long-anticipated ‘New Generation’ range renaissance. Diesel News’ European Correspondent, Brian Weatherley, reckons there’s more to it than just a shedload of bright-new shiny trucks. Read more
Jim Miller, Executive Director of Statewide Refrigerated Transport (SRT) Logistics, one of Tasmania’s three largest truck operators, is a die-hard Caterpillar fan who is not afraid to declare he’d still be buying Caterpillar-powered Freightliner Argosys if this was a viable or, indeed, possible option.
If you read the news it would seem there are autonomous trucks all over the world being trialled ready to take over. A number of projects are coming to a head, to the point where real operations on real roads are going to become more normal. Read more
When Diesel News took the new Scania 8×2 rigid out for a spin, we found there’s something reassuring about driving an eight wheeler truck. With twin steer axles taking a good proportion of the weight at the front, the truck seems to sit down well on the road. The rear axles can be set a little closer to the rear, so there is no tendency towards the see-saw motion a driver will sometimes feel in a 6×4 on a rough road. Read more