Scania 540 S 6x2 Highline, general cargo transport.

Swedish truck maker Scania  is spruiking its success in two  recent comparison tests in Europe  which found its Scania 5409 S prime mover the winning truck against  major competitors.

Scania participated in two comparison tests organised in Germany by European trade magazines the 1000 Punkte Test (1000 Point Test) and the European Truck Challenge (ETC)  and in both Scania´s 540 S prime mover emerged  as the winner in both tests.

Participating in the 1000 Point Test in October 2020, were the Scania 540 S, MAN TGX 18.510 BLS and Mercedes Actros 1853 LS. Participating in the ETC test held in November 2020 were the DAF XF 530, Scania 540 S, MAN TGX 18.510 BLS and Mercedes Actros 1853 LS. All of the other major European manufacturers were invited to both tests but declined.

“Winning these comparison tests is yet another point of proof for Scania’s industry-leading position,” said senior vice president and head of Scania Trucks, Stefan Dorski.

“When independent and experienced journalists assess all the relevant aspect of our products with scientific methods and compare them with our peers, the results tell a story that is highly relevant for potential truck buyers,” he added.

The 1000 Point and ETC tests are among the most established comparison tests for commercial heavy trucks in the world, and are organised by German trade maga­­zines with the participation of senior journalists from other countries­.

The tests look at aspects of the cab examining such aspects as the driver environ­ment, sleeping comfort and noise levels are assessed, as well as other aspects such as road handling, gear shifting and serviceability.

The trucks are also driven more than 300 km on different types of public roads, equipped with calibrated­ fuel-measurement equipment to confirm the true fuel consumption, then every aspect is given a score that adds to each truck’s final result.

“We were awarded the highest overall scoring in both of these test, but personally I am most proud of the fact that our truck has the lowest fuel consumption while at the same time offering the highest average speed,” said Dorski.

“It highlights Scania’s inherent transport efficiency, and not only will our customers benefit from the outstanding result, but it also gives a substantial – here and now – contribution in the fight against the climate challenge from CO2 emissions the world is facing.”

The 1000 Point Test, organised by Michael Kern, is published in several trade magazines, including “Lastauto Omnibus, while the ETC, organised by Hans-Jürgen Wildhage is published in “KFZ Anzeiger” and several other magazines.

Scania points out that the 540 hp 13-litre six-cylinder engine has been available in Australia since Q3 2020, and is available in R- and G-series cabs, with the largest and most spacious flat floor S-series cab,  available to special order.