Scania launches a range of new generation trucks
Kuala Lumpur, 29 February 2019 – The logistics sector in Malaysia and the rest of Asean is going through positive changes moving forward. In line with this, Scania introduced last night their new generation trucks. The event was officiated by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia, in the presence of His Excellency Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt, Swedish Ambassador to Malaysia, Anders Gustafsson, executive regional director, Scania Asia and Oceania, Marie Sjödin Enström, managing director, Southeast Asia. Kristofer Hansén, technical manager industrial design, Tom Kuiphuis, pre-sales director and guests.
“Our new truck generation has won many awards since the launch in Europe like the International Truck of the year award and has achieved 100% in all European press tests, twice. In addition, to enhancing performance of the vehicle, we also recognise that the driver plays a significant role in the success of our customers’ business. This can be experienced with the new generation as well. It includes enhanced cab safety, enriched driver’s environment and improved drivability which makes a happy driver and therefore inevitably a happy business,” said Marie.
“Fuel savings translate directly into reduced operating costs and with the latest updates, we can guarantee a further reduction in consumption for all the diesel powertrains in our new truck range that has been tailored to address specific challenges of fleet operators and owners as we can now see our trucks reducing the impact to our environment due to the lower carbon emissions they produce,’ she added.
“We hope to sell 400 units this year,” she said in response to our question.
“There are 92 Swedish companies locally with RM2.5 billion investment creating 6,000 jobs,” said Dr. Ong.
“By attracting FDI in manufacturing and promoting e-commerce, we hope to assist the logistics sector’s development and growth,” he said in reply to our question.
These trucks offer broadest range of alternative fuel and technology solutions including engines that operate on natural gas, hydro-treated vegetable oil, bioethanol, biogas, biodiesel as well as hybrid drivetrains, platooning and autonomous vehicle systems.
They have 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. In addition, the launch also revealed the new L-series and S-series cabs to complete the full range of options.
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. Meanwhile, 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.
The XT range with additional technical specifications is 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.
It 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.
The interior ergonomics of the cab design enhances comfort and functionality. Drivers can now drive more safely with a better view of the road due to 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.