Scania Australia is claiming a new benchmark for deliveries in Australia a full month ahead of the end of the year, with the company revealing a record of 1250 trucks delivered to customers so far this year.
The company says that the new Super range of efficient Scania diesel engines, mated with new generation gearboxes and axles are spearheading growth in orders and deliveries, thanks to the significant drop in fuel consumption and emissions they produce, and exceptional driving performance.
“In 2023 we have already surpassed our previous annual delivery record in Australia, and by some margin,” said Scania Australia managing director, Manfred Streit,
“Demand has remained constant and highly satisfactory throughout the year, with the new Super engine range winning over customers in large numbers. We welcomed several hundred customers to experience a hands-on test of the new Super range earlier in the year, and substantial orders flowed from that event. Fortunately, we have been able to convert these into deliveries, thanks to more reliable flow of production from our global factories,” Streit said.
“It has been pleasing to see a high take-up of our full range of offers from captive finance and insurance to repair and maintenance contracts, all of which deliver peace-of-mind to operators. And with our even more fuel-efficient engines, we are contributing to operators enjoying lower running costs, a vital factor during this period of high inflation, and escalating operating costs,” he said.
“All transport and logistics businesses have been looking for ways to control their costs, so choosing a truck that can be at least 8 per cent more fuel efficient makes good business sense, even before factoring in the reduction in emissions.
“Scania has also enjoyed record sales of workshop hours across our Australian network of company-owned branches in capital cities, as well as record sales of Genuine Replacement Parts. And we currently employ more than 500 Australians, more than at any time in our more than 50 years of operating here,” Streit said.
Scania Australia’s director of truck sales, Benjamin Nye, said the new Super engines have quickly impressed in service.
“Our customers are reporting excellent fuel figures, and their drivers are also happy to be behind the wheel of a vehicle that drives so well. Our 13-litre six-cylinder engine range boasts exceptional torque for the capacity at all four available power levels, particularly the range-topping 560 hp version which is ideal for B-double interstate running.
“Journey times are reducing thanks to the surfeit of torque available at low revs, which drivers enjoy, and our engines are proving to be more than a match for higher capacity and more expensive, thirstier rivals.
“Our Super sales clearly indicate that the market is receptive to the offer of a truck that majors on the very latest in European technology and advanced driver assistance systems, but also Scania’s legendary reliability, durability and fuel economy,” Nye said.
“Scania can look forward to finishing the year on an even higher note, and rolls on into 2024 with a fulsome order book, and the prospect of further new variants joining the range through the year. This will also include the arrival of our next generation 100 per cent electric prime movers, for which we are already fielding high levels of interest and enquiry,” he said.
“Operators keen to cut their CO2 emissions by around 83 per cent can do so immediately by switching to B100 biodiesel, which can provide a sustainable and reliable stepping stone to a zero tailpipe emissions future,” he said.
“Not only are our new engines ready to run on biofuel, but we have supply agreements in place with domestic biofuel manufacturers, adding a welcome degree of energy security for the transport and logistics industry.
“The message we have for transport operators in 2024 is: ‘Can you afford not to drive a Scania?,’” Nye said.