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Scania Australia unveiled the new generation of P, G and R series trucks in Sydney, which are being touted as the safest and most fuel efficient trucks in Australia.
The new truck range is offered in both Euro 5 and Euro 6 compliance, bringing aerodynamic advances, more efficient engines, and a host of advanced safety features.
Aimed at the long and medium haul markets as well as urban distribution, the range offers configuration for unique customer requirements, with a wide range of engine and gearbox options.
Scania confirmed the order books open immediately for customers, with the first trucks set for delivery in the third quarter of this year.
The manufacturer claims that with significant advances in aerodynamic design, the mechanical upgrades deliver at least 5% better fuel efficiency across the range.
A new 7.0-litre Euro 6 engine for P-series applications has been introduced, while the heavily revised and updated 9-litre 5-cylinder, 13-litre 6-cylinder and 16-litre V8 engines are all offered in Euro 5 and Euro 6 guise.
Scania’s modular drivetrain components have been revised to deliver improved fuel economy and the in-house gearbox range is now fitted with a layshaft brake to speed up gear changes for improved performance.
The famed 730hp (544kW) V8, the most powerful truck engine available in down under and the only V8 option, is offered across the R- and S-series ranges in Euro 6 compliance.
Scania will offer V8 power across several outputs: 520hp (388kW) and 620hp (462kW) with Euro 5 compliance, and 520hp, 580hp (432kW), 650hp (485kW) and 730hp outputs in Euro 6 guise.
In the 6-cylinder, 13-litre category, Scania offers its most powerful in-line engine yet, at 500hp (373kW) with 2550 Nm (1881 lb/ft) of torque. This will be available in the G-series prime mover cab, rated for medium duty B-double and single trailer interstate and intra-state work, as well as for urban tipper and dog applications.
The G-series 6-cylinder engines will be available in Euro 6 at 370hp (276kW), 410hp (306kW), 450hp (336kW) and 500hp (373kW), and identical outputs in Euro 5 with the exception of the 370hp engine which is offered at 380hp (283kW) for Euro 5.
In the urban distribution and vocational truck market, the new P-series will be offered from launch with a broad range of 5- and 6-cylinder engines, in both Euro 5 and Euro 6 compliance: starting with the 5-cylinder 280hp (209kW), 320hp (239kW) and 360hp (268kW) outputs, rising to 370hp — 380hp (283kW) for Euro 5 — to 450hp for the 13-litre 6-cylinder.
The P-series will also debut the new 6-cylinder lightweight 7-litre engine, in Euro 6 guise only, in 220hp (164kW), 250hp (168kW) and 280hp outputs, further assisting customers with additional payload.
ns for the P-series is for single trailer supermarket deliveries, while every metropolitan fire brigade in Australia currently utilises the Scania P-series CrewCab as the basis of its medium and heavy-duty fire fighting vehicles, with around 700 on duty Australia-wide.
On the safety front, a key feature is side curtain airbags fitted to both the driver and passenger doors to protect those onboard in the event of a rollover.
An improved braking system and all new front suspension with the axle moved forward 50mm, provide less dive during braking and assists in reducing stopping distances by up to two metres.
An all-steel cab improves impact resistance while also offering improved driver visibility and trucks operating in urban areas will also get the City Safe Window, which is inserted into the lower segment of the passenger door to provide pedestrian and cyclist visibility.
The new range also scores high-tech safety features such as Advanced Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control with Active Prediction, Electronic Stability Programme and Lane Departure Warning.
A safety feature that works more in the fatigue space, is an auxiliary cab cooler than runs on batter power, so when drivers are on a rest break the temperature is just right.
"The launch of the New Truck Generation range, the safest and most fuel-efficient in Australia, is an absolute milestone for the Scania here," said Scania Australia Managing Director Mikael Jansson.
"It is undoubtedly the biggest investment in our 127-year history.
"As a global truck company, we have spent 10 years and AUS$3 billion researching and developing the new range as well as covering more than 12 million km testing our new designs in all climates and on all types of roads.
"The most noticeable features are of course the new cabs, but the real innovation is the introduction of new technologies, safety feature, services and insights that will help our customers gain an accurate overview of some of their most significant operating costs.
"On average across the range, our new trucks will consume around 5% less fuel and emit fewer emissions, particularly those equipped with Euro 6 after-treatment.
"We’re not only focused on the hardware. Our digitalised connected services provide further tools for enhanced optimisation of fleet and driver utilisation.
"We have unparalleled ability to tailor-make a specification to suit operators’ needs across a very broad array of applications and coupled with our focus on driving down costs and eliminating waste for operators, we can demonstrate quite clearly how our New Truck Generation provides increased value to customers.
"Judging by the response from operators in Europe, who have ordered record numbers of the New Truck Generation, Scania has scored a direct hit. In test after test by media across Europe, in isolation or compared with direct rivals, the New Truck Generation has emerged as the best possible option in all of its formats; from long haulage to urban distribution and vocational applications.
"The new range is delivering improved business sustainability for our customers through lower running costs and higher uptime. Our aim is to improve their total operating economy, providing our customers with the tools for achieving sustainable profitability in the one business that really means something to them; their own."
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Back for its 31st year and more popular than ever, the Penrith Working Truck Show attracted a crowd close to 20,000 from around the country and more than 250 shiny trucks were parked up looking their best.
Kids went nuts with unlimited rides on the 22 amusements, while family fun on offer included street performers, food trucks and a stellar country music line-up … that’s if you could take your eyes off the trucks on show!
Four- time ARIA-award winning country music icon Troy Cassar-Daley took to the stage at 3pm, drawing a large crowd of devoted fans and amping up patrons before the trophy presentation began.
Among the dozens of coveted awards on offer, there was one particularly special trophy this year, dedicated to the late Chris Sultana, founder of Camsons Transport.
The Chris Sultana Memorial Trophy for Best Kenworth Tipper was awarded to Grimtrans for its spectacular 2007 Kenworth K104 tipper.
"It meant a lot to win an award dedicated to such an icon in the industry, and from a company like Camsons that represents themselves so well on the road," Grimtrans director Damien Grima says.
"This particularly truck is driven by my father Charlie Grima and it carts quarry materials out of the Blue Mountains.
"Charlie founded the company.
"We’ve been going for 37 years ago, back in ’81!
"We’ve been coming to the Penrith Working Truck Show for 20 years now."
TRIBUTE TO A HERO
Chief executive of the Museum of Fire and event organiser Mark White says the memorial award was a highlight of the show and paid tribute to a true hero of the transport industry.
"The tribute to Chris Sultana was important and he’s such an iconic figure, family and friends travelled from around Australia," Mark says.
He says improvements made to the show helped to provide the very best experience for patrons and took the show to another level.
"We made significant improvements this year, covering infrastructure, quality of rides, ticketing process and overall value offered for patrons, and the whole show rose to another level.
"That was reflected in the way the show presented itself and we continue to keep pushing to engage the community."
Mark explains the event is run solely by volunteers, no small feat when you consider 10s of thousands of people come through the grounds each year and hundreds of trucks roll in!
"I do this voluntarily and so do the other 150 people that helped organise this event.
"Every part of the show is organised by the Museum’s team, and we’re extremely proud of what we’re able to achieve and what we stand for.
"The Penrith Working Truck Show is synonymous with the Museum of Fire and it shows the depth of support we have - the Museum has become such an iconic part of the community."
The show represents the positive side of the transport industry, Mark says, in an era when we hear a lot about the negative elements of the game.
"It really showcases the very best of the transport industry in a tough climate.
"We’ve got constant media about inspections and defects and it’s nice to see the show highlight the best of an industry.
"Ninety-nine per cent of our support comes from small business and the support of some the families, their philanthropic contribution, it’s just fantastic."
The Sydney Classic and Antique Truck Show is the next event on the calendar for the Museum of Fire, held on May 27 at its grounds.
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