Sca­nia drives push for Euro 6

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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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SUS­TAIN­ABIL­ITY FIRST: Mikael Jans­son Sca­nia Aus­tralia MD with the new NTG R 620 V8.

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