Sca­nia gets tick

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Big Wheels - JAMES STAN­FORD

ARIGOROUS test­ing reg­i­men has cleared the fully au­to­mated Sca­nia Op­ti­cruise for high-out­put op­er­a­tions in Aus­tralia.

The Swedish truck­maker had held off in­tro­duc­ing the two-pedal sys­tem on trucks with more than 324kW (440hp) be­cause it wanted fur­ther proof it could with­stand Aus­tralia’s con­di­tions.

The Op­ti­cruise au­to­mated trans­mis­sion is now avail­able for all Sca­nia mod­els, in­clud­ing the range­top­ping 456kW R620 model.

Sca­nia tested the Op­ti­cruise trans­mis­sion is sev­eral trucks, in­clud­ing a 412kW R560 60-tonne B dou­ble op­er­at­ing in hilly ter­rain, which clocked 50,000km with­out any prob­lems.

An­other op­er­ated out of Bun­bury in Western Aus­tralia, run­ning 24 hours a day and cov­er­ing 3000km a day for three months.

The com­pany says test driv­ers who were new to the fully au­to­mated trans­mis­sion adapted quickly and ap­pre­ci­ated not hav­ing to use a clutch.

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