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Scania has completed its ‘new truck generation’ unveiling with the covers flung from urban and additional low-carbon transport solutions.
"With today’s release, Scania comprehensively sets the stage for the necessary shift towards sustainable transport, offering tailored low-carbon trucks for all transport applications," Christian Levin, executive vice president of sales and marketing, says.
Scania claims fuel savings of up to 10 per cent as the lighter trucks are powered by the new 7-litre engine.
The Scania DC07, developed with Cummins, comes in three power levels – 220, 250 and 280hp (164, 186 and 208kw) – from inline sixes.
"Characteristics such as a 360-kilogram reduction in weight and a significant reduction in fuel consumption meet the needs for sustainable transport solutions typical of growing cities," product director, urban Henrik Eng says.
New cabs are a feature of the final unveiling.
The L-series is Scania’s newly developed cab range for urban transport, such as distribution, refuse collection and maintenance, with the focus on improved direct vision of the surroundings.
"Drivers will also be at the same height as other road users, with the added advantage of improved working conditions when repeatedly entering and exiting the cab," the firm says.
"The Scania L-series features a kneeling mode and lower boarding steps on both sides of the cab. Drivers can also take advantage of the space in front of the engine tunnel to exit on the passenger side, thereby avoiding oncoming traffic."
With its more compact dimensions, the new P-series cab can feature a lower engine tunnel, which opens up interior.
And the new P-based ‘CrewCab’ comes in two sizes
There is also the City Safe Window design to help keep pedestrians and cyclists in sight.
The window on the passenger side door is available for all P- and L-series cabs, those most common in urban transport, as well as for the CrewCab.
"Since Scania’s new CrewCab will mainly be used by firefighters, it has been specifically tailored for emergency assignments, keeping both ergonomics and safety in mind. For extra safety, there is an option for up to four roll over side-curtain airbags," the truckmaker says.
"The CrewCab accommodates up to eight passengers with a high level of safety and comfort, which includes a separate climate system with its own heating for the crew area."
Adding to its renewable fuels and hybrid offerings, Scania’s has introduced a six-cylinder 13-litre gas engine specifically designed for regional and long-haulage operations.
For a 40-tonne truck-and-trailer combination with tanks for liquefied gas, it says the range has been extended to 1,100km. In parallel, Scania also releases a 9-litre gas engine for the new truck generation.
"Throughout development, our aim has been to ensure the best possible driveability," explains Folke Fritzson, senior engineer at Scania R&D and part of the team developing Scania’s gas engines.
"The performance and characteristics should correspond to that of a modern diesel engine."
Scania’s gas engines are based on stoichiometric combustion – complete combustion of both fuel and oxygen. Similar to a petrol engine, the combustion is initiated by spark plugs. The pre-mixing of the fuel takes place upon entry into the cylinders.
This all marks the end of a long unveiling operation
"Replacing and upgrading Scania’s entire global offering has been a fantastic experience," Scania Trucks Senior Vice President Alexander Vlaskamp, says.
"It’s a real pleasure to be able to introduce the world’s most modern and sustainable transport solutions, and there is an incredible amount of work behind it all to ensure that everything is in place and on time."
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Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) is celebrating local success after recording its 29th consecutive year as Australia’s highest selling truck brand in 2017.
IAL director and COO Phil Taylor congratulated everyone throughout the dealer network for their efforts that saw the brand repeat its earlier success.
"These figures are testament to the hard work everyone within the broader Isuzu organisation puts in day in, day out," Taylor says.
"We have some of the very best people in the business – from our extremely professional dealer network, to our world-class service technicians, the tremendous team at head office, and of course all of our partners, it’s ultimately the people who make the wheel turn in the right direction.
"Our 2017 performance also indicates that Isuzu trucks are continuing to meet the needs of Australian businesses – especially in the rapidly growing heavy truck market, where our tough and reliable offering saw sales grow by nine per cent over the year.
"To be able to sell 8,898 trucks over the course of 2017 is a real vindication that we’re delivering for customers.
"We’re consistently taking a microscope to our operations to ensure we’re meeting the shifting needs of Australian businesses by equipping them with technologically advanced and efficient vehicles, coupled with a level of support unmatched by our competitors."
Taylor notes the importance of Isuzu’s continued focus on customer satisfaction as an underlying factor behind the accomplishment.
"This fantastic result highlights the importance our dealer network continues to place on understanding the business challenges our customers face, and working with them to find Isuzu heavy vehicles that allow operators to overcome obstacles and increase their efficiency," he says.
"Our dealers all recognise that their expertise is a valuable resource their clients are looking to draw upon.
"Everyone at Isuzu understands that taking the time to identify the unique needs of every customer creates the best outcome.
"And I strongly believe our 29 years of market leadership show that the approach we have taken to date, and will continue to take, is the correct one."
Taylor says he is proud of the company's 2017 sales figures but hopes for more success this year.
"I think as everyone at Isuzu strives to hit 30 years on top of the market, we’re going to focus on new ways we can improve the Isuzu ownership experience."
The company states that since taking the position of Australia’s top-selling truck brand in 1989, "Isuzu has tirelessly worked to develop products that combine innovative technologies with application-tailored specifications".
"In 2017, this approach saw Isuzu beef up its class-leading Ready to Work range of pre-bodied light trucks," it notes.
"From the NLR 55-150 Tri-Tipper to the NPS 75-155 4x4 Crew Servicepack, Isuzu has provided even more customer groups with purpose-built vehicles that, once registered, can be driven straight from the dealership to the job site."
IAL director sales and marketing Andrew Harbison says this year Isuzu will add additional vehicles to the Ready to Work range.
"Isuzu has never – and will never – take for granted the loyalty of its Australian customers," Harbison says.
"In 2018 we’re going to be drilling further down into what customers need from their heavy vehicles, and ensuring that our offering across the operating spectrum, from our 4.5 tonne GVM NLR 45-150 to the Giga EXY 260-520 prime mover, continues to provide the right mix of features and performance that Australian transport businesses need."
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