Scania drives push for Euro 6
SCANIA Australia managing director Mikael Jansson starts the New Year in a buoyant mood about the brand’s future here.
A brown marmorated stink bug outbreak may have kept some Scania ships from docking Down Under last year, but order books remain at record highs for 2019, Mr Jansson revealed at a recent media event.
“Globally there has been a fantastic demand for the products,” said Mr Jansson.
“For us it’s all about total operating economy. It’s still early days for us in Australia, but we are sure that this product will bring more to the bottom line for our customers.”
Mr Jansson said there were nearly 200 new-generation Scania trucks now in the market – Australia was the first country in the world to launch all the different models concurrently – but those numbers pale with 2019 forecasts.
Scania Australia’s new national sales director, Dean del Santo, told journalists the Swedish manufacturer was expecting orders for between 1250 and 1300 trucks by the close of 2018.
Mr Jansson said reaction to Scania’s flexible maintenance program was another highlight last year, as was the customer demand for its suite of standard safety features.
“I’m very pleased that safety is very much on the agenda here in Australia, more than in Europe I would say, but I’m sorry to say that sustainability is not.
“Scania is very much around driving the shift toward sustainable transport solutions and I must say it’s a pity that we have not yet a decision around Euro 6 in this country.
“I was a bit surprised to see Euro 0 running in the big cities; whatever we can do we would like to push this in a more sustainable direction.”
On the sustainability innovation front, Mr Jansson said Scania will have hybrid trucks and ethanol buses running in Australia in 2019.
“There will be some other new concepts for Australia that we will present at the Brisbane Truck Show (May 16-19).”
Meanwhile, Scania is testing a new generation autonomous transport system at Rio Tinto’s Dampier Salt operations in Western Australia.
The first phase of the trial started in August last year and involves a Scania XT 8x4 autonomous tipper truck working separately from Dampier’s active operations.
During this initial stage, a safety driver rides in the vehicle to observe the truck’s performance and, if necessary, intervenes.
In subsequent phases, additional autonomous Scania trucks will be added to develop vehicle-vehicle awareness and intelligent fleet supervisory controls, says the manufacturer.
SUSTAINABILITY FIRST: Mikael Jansson Scania Australia MD with the new NTG R 620 V8.