Scania enhances total solutions offering at MIBTC 2013
Balakong, 13 June, 2013 – Scania (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd today unveiled its comprehensive Total Solutions offering to the local haulage and logistics industries at the Malaysian International Bus & Truck Convention (MIBTC) 2013 with the official launch of its latest Scania Streamline truck range and advance Scania Fleet Management. The launch event was officiated by Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Syed Hamid bin Syed Jaafar Albar, Chairman of Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).
Scania’s latest Streamline truck series boasts aerodynamically improved bodywork that helps reduce fuel consumption by up to 8 percent for Euro 6 engine. Corresponding savings for Euro 3/4/5 are up to 5 percent. The new truck model has refined airflow around the front and along the sides of the cab to lower drag and cut fuel consumption. A redesigned sun visor with improved airflow and a new set of optional auxiliary lamps are introduced on all cabs. In addition, a new range of premium seats and revised interior colours enhance comfort and well-being for drivers and passengers.
“The new Scania Streamline model is packed with intelligent, optimized technology to significantly reduce operator running costs, improve uptime, and provide greater potential profitability. We are delivering aerodynamic enhancements to the cab, as well as significant mechanical and technical upgrades that help to reduce running costs for our customers, thus boosting their profitability,” said James Armstrong, Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia during the launch ceremony.
The Streamline range adopts low drag gearboxes with friction optimized internals, a lighter and stronger single-drive rear axle, and a revised and enhanced Scania Opticruise. The latest Scania Opticruise features a choice of performance modes which include a new economy mode for better fuel economy.
In conjunction with Scania Streamline launch, Scania also unveiled its latest Scania Fleet Management. Suitable for Scania or mixed fleets, Scania Fleet Management combines GPS positioning, a logging and Communicator unit on board each Scania vehicle, a communication subscription and a web-based office interface to enable Scania customers to manage its fleet more effectively. The onboard Communicator enables remote diagnostic capability which allows Scania workshop to run diagnostics remotely to a Scania fleet vehicle on the road in order to prepare for on-site repair as well as servicing at the workshop with minimum downtime.
“This system is used by 50 – 70% of fleet operators in Europe presently and all the data can be exported to excel file for further analysis or preparation of reports,” said Gary Archer, After Sales Director.
“The cost of the system is still being worked on and it comes with a host of features which allow a fleet manager to customize the system to suit their requirement,” he added in reply to our question.
All new Scania trucks will be factory-fitted with the Communicator unit. Owners and operators need only to activate the system with Scania’s technical support to realize its productivity-boosting capabilities. It enables its customers to pin-point each of their fleet vehicles’ location, engine condition and driving performance on real-time basis through Scania Fleet Management portal.
Expected to be implemented from fourth quarter of 2013, Scania Fleet Management (FMS) consists of three different types of service packages ranging from the basic Monitoring to Analysis and the comprehensive Control package. These services are expected to help fleet operators reduce fuel consumption, monitor vehicle driving patterns and enhance service planning by minimizing the vehicle’s unplanned downtime. Scania customers who sign a 3-year repair & maintenance contract for their new Scania vehicles shall be entitled to an upgrade on their FMS package from Monitoring to Analysis while those with a 5-year contract shall be automatically assigned FMS Control package.
In addition to Scania’s legendary product range of trucks and buses as well as services, Scania is also showcasing its power generation engines at its MIBTC 2013 exhibition pavilion. To complement Scania’s latest product and services in Malaysia, Scania is also offering Scania Credit — a flexible and comprehensive financial solutions package which provides diversified financial services such as hire purchase and leasing for acquisition of trucks, buses and other related products to qualified Scania customers.