On the eve of the Hanover Truck Show Scania’s new Generation S Class truck has been announced as the winner  of the “International Truck of the Year” award which is judged by a jury of  International trade press judges.

The jury’s decision cited the new truck’s driver comfort, safety aspects and its positive impact on haulers’ overall economy, among other factors.

“The award is the leading recognition in the industry that all our engineers and in practice the entire Scania organisation have done an excellent job,” says Henrik Henriksson, Scania’s President and CEO. “Our goal is to always meet our customers’ expectations and needs and the jury’s motivation is a clear confirmation that we have also followed the right approach with the new truck generation.”

The jury is comprised of 25 leading European trade press journalists and is chaired by the Italian automotive journalist Gianenrico Griffini.

“With its new range, Scania has delivered a truck that represents a real “state-of-the-art” offering in the heavy duty segment, capable of satisfying not only today’s but also tomorrow’s transport needs,” said Chairman Griffini.

The IToY jury also highlighted Scania’s tailored service offering, which is based on the fact that more than 200,000 connected Scania vehicles are out on the roads.

The award is for the new Scania S series – the company’s new sleeper cab with a flat floor that is intended for long-haul operations and which Scania recently introduced within the framework of its new truck generation.

“The S cab, with its flat floor, offers a truly car-like driving experience,” says Griffini.

Besides offering exceptional comfort and unrivalled space, the S cabs can also be fitted out with dual side curtain airbags, a safety feature, which Scania is the first in the truck world to be able to offer.

“The new truck generation, which will be honoured was developed by our 3,500 engineers in Södertälje together with other Scania employees and in close dialogue with our customers,” says Henriksson. “The award shows that Sweden is still a leading industrial nation and that we can compete in the world markets.”

Scania’s investment in the model range is the largest ever in the company’s 125-year history. In total, SEK 20 billion has been invested in the development of new products and services, including in the adjustment of production.