IN TRUCK terms, the standout attraction on the Scania stand was the first Australian preview of the Swedish brand’s ‘New Truck Generation’, recently crowned Europe’s ‘International Truck of the Year’.
Known as the S 500 model, the right-hand drive Pommie spec 6x2 was shipped from the UK to Australia specifically for the Brisbane Truck Show and, according to Scania, was headed straight back to the UK after the show.
Also heading back to the UK, however, is Scania Australia managing director Roger McCarthy. After an eight-year stint guiding Scania to its best performances in the brand’s history here, it will be imperative for his (Swedish) successor to maintain the considerable momentum produced by McCarthy’s extensive experience and commercial initiatives.
As for the new truck, even McCarthy concedes its Australian introduction is “still some considerable way off” but, of all the attributes that separate it from Scania’s current range, there are possibly none more positive than the driver’s layout.