Scania has become the second major truck manufacturer to pull out of the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show, quietly withdrawing from the biennial commercial vehicle expo, joining its Swedish compatriots from Volvo as absentees from the show.
The Scania move was confirmed to T&B News by the company’s PR spokesperson, who told us that the decision was made two weeks ago against the ongoing back drop of delays for Scania’s new models, which have pushed their arrival back to late next year but also uncertainty surrounding the show as a result of the Covid crisis.
The uncertainty over the Covid crisis was the prime reason given by Volvo for its decision to pull out of the truck show.
Scania has always been a strong supporter of the Brisbane Show as has Volvo, but Scania’s decision has taken the industry by surprise as most believed that the smaller Swede was committed to the Show.
It is believed the Scania space has already been snapped up by another exhibitor as has the space abdicated by Volvo.
T&B News believes that all other major truck makers are still at this stage heading to Brisbane in May with Daimler and its three brands, the Paccar stable of Kenworth and DAF, Isuzu, Hino, Iveco and the Penske brands of Western Star and MAN all set to be there.
While Volvo and Scania have pulled out of Brisbane nothing has been heard from the Truck Industry Council about the Melbourne Truck how it had planned for March 2021 and most believe that this idea has been shelved at least for the time being. T&B News is still waiting on a response from TIC about the status and plans for its show