Scania G-series, front grill with Scania logotype and symbol

Scania has clarified its position  regarding its decision not to exhibit at the 2021 Truck Show in Brisbane inMay, saying that the impact COVID 19 crisis was not the reason for its decision to opt out.

“Scania has continuously exhibited in Brisbane for more than 30 years, transitioning seamlessly with the move from the showgrounds to the BCEC in 2009,” said Dean Dal Santo, director of Truck Sales for Scania Australia.

“However for 2021 the timing of the show doesn’t fit with some other exciting activities we have planned for the Australian market later in the year. We nevertheless wish the Show well for 2021.

“Our decision is unrelated to the impact of COVID-19 on the Australian market. In fact Scania Australia has striven successfully to maintain a ‘business as usual’ posture towards our customers throughout 2020, bolstering sales and service functions and protecting customer uptime via our nationwide company-owned branches and network of authorised independent dealers.

“We have continued a dialogue with our customers throughout the pandemic, and maintained a strong order and delivery profile, as well as growing our service support function during 2020.

“As we look into 2021, we continue to see excellent business opportunities opening up and we have determined to focus our attentions on these. By maintaining a flexible and responsive stance, we aim to meet the needs of all our customers throughout the year, providing them with more of the highly-efficient, low emission, safe and productive vehicles and aftermarket services they need to be able to deliver for their customers.

“Through 2021 we plan to maintain a high level of communication with our customers and prospects, as we roll out our many innovations in the latter part of the year,” Mr. Dal Santo said.

However while the uncertainties of local attendance may not be an issue, T&B News believes delays in production and supply chains overseas has pushed back the arrival of important new models making the show less attractive as a showcase for the Swedish maker next year.