Scania New Truck Generation Australian launch in 2018


Scania’s New Truck Generation will be officially launched in Australia during 2018

Scania New Truck Generation Australian launch in 2018
Scania's NTG V8 R620 on a trial run along the Hume Highway

 

Scania Australia has announced the launch and approximate upcoming sales timeline of its New Truck Generation (NTG) range which will take place during 2018. Scania made the announcement on December 1.

Scania says following a launch preview event in March, sales will commence when the first of the new vehicles arrive in Australia in the second half of 2018.

"We are delighted to announce that the 2017 International Truck of the Year, the New Truck Generation Scania, will begin to arrive in Australia during 2018," says Martin Toomey, Scania Australia’s director of sales.

"The New Truck Generation has been much anticipated in Australia following its international launch in the third quarter of 2016 in Europe, and subsequent success in sales, as well as garnering many positive reviews and successful comparisons with direct rivals, and of course being awarded International Truck of the Year for 2017.

"The new vehicles feature an all new cab, significantly revised engines and gearboxes, as well as improved aerodynamics all of which add up to a 5 percent reduction in fuel use, providing operators with significant reductions in running costs, especially in long haul applications," Toomey says.

"We have been evaluating a number of the 6-cylinder and V8 models in Australia this year, and they have exceeded our expectations in every way.

Interior of the New Generation Scania V8 model

Toomey says the new trucks are currently on-test with selected operators, undertaking real-world driving duties in a range of applications across the country. Models include the New Truck Generation G 450, G500 and V8 R620.

Globally, Scania says its NTG pre-production test vehicles covered more than 12.5 million kilometres in all terrain and all climatic conditions prior to the European launch. The Swedish truck manufacturer says the new vehicles had to cope with the frozen Artic Circle in the depths of the northern winter and the blistering dry heat of the mountains of southern Spain.

"The New Truck Generation arrives as Scania’s market momentum is reaching an all-time high, with record numbers of deliveries of the existing P, G and R-series trucks here, as operators are drawn by Scania’s incredible reliability, durability, operating economy and of course, driver comfort and safety," Toomey continues.

"As the need to retain quality drivers becomes ever-more pressing, both the existing range and New Truck Generation Scania will help operators hold on to their best drivers, and also attract the cream of the crop."

A Scania NTG G 500 takes a run along the Western Highway

Brisbane Truck Show attendees were offered a sneak peek of a New Truck Generation S500 at the Brisbane Truck Show in May 2017.

Further details regarding the timing of the NTG launch and commencement of deliveries will be announced at a later date, along with local specifications.

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