A large crowd of 1500 was assembled to see the Scania NextGen truck unveiled in Paris. The global launch event was held in the Grande Palaise, on the Champs Elyseé in Paris with plenty of loud music and smoke machines.
If you want to see the whole show here is the show as broadcast live at the time of the event:
This launch sees Scania introducing a completely new truck range. It is the result of ten years of development work and representing an investment of over $3 billion.
“It is undoubtedly the biggest investment in Scania’s 125 year history,” said Henrik Henriksson, President and CEO of Scania. “It is with hearts bursting with pride that my colleagues and I are now presenting the products and services that will bring Scania to new levels regarding market shares and carry us far into the next decade.”
With the all-new cab and improvements in the drive line Scania are claiming the new design will use five per cent less fuel than the current model. Improved aerodynamics have been achieved despite the new design being a more upright cab utilising every cubic inch of the available volume under the strict European dimension rules. A new cab is being introduced at the top of the range, the S Series.
Despite being a much more square cab, the folds in body panel have the effect of suggesting the new shape is a small evolution from the current R Series being sold in Australia. The first models go into production immediately, but these will be aimed at the European long distance market, mainly high horsepower 4×2 prime movers. No information is available as yet about when 6×4 models will come on stream.
“There is a tremendous amount of development work by our engineers behind this introduction,” said Henrik Henriksson, Scania’s President and CEO. “The most noticeable features are of course the new cabs, but the real innovation is that we are now introducing new technologies, services and insights that will help our customers gain an overview of both their costs and their revenues.
“Our goal is for our customers to be able to achieve sustainable profitability, regardless of assignment type or the conditions in which they work. Our customers’ vehicles always constitute a link within the bigger picture; Scania embraces this through quality, accessibility and a range of physical or connected services. Our new range of products and services redefines the term ‘premium’ within the truck industry.”