Success is not a matter of luck. This is the result of ups and downs, risks and rewards. Behind every achievement, there is a precious heritage that deserves to be commemorated.
How Scania was born
The company has been particularly energetic recently, celebrating 125 years of work in the trucking industry. The story begins in connection with a private wagon construction company, founded in 1891 in Södertälje (30 km south-west of Stockholm) under the name VABIS (Vagnfabriks Aktiebolaget I Södertälje). It specialized in the manufacture of railroad cars, cars and trucks. At the same time, the English bicycle manufacturer Humber & Co opened a subsidiary in Malmö (southern Sweden). Four years later, the activities of this company were taken over by a newly established company known as Maskinfabriksaktiebolaget Scania. The brand name “Scania” was derived from the ancient Latin name of the southernmost province of Sweden. And the trademark – the griffin – was borrowed from the coat of arms of the region. As we can see, the creators of the company took care of their heritage from the start.
Soon the new company Scania decided to expand its manufacturing activities and began to produce rubber machines, vacuum cleaning units, precision sprockets, but above all trucks and cars. The turning point for the company came in 1911 when it merged with VABIS. The new company became known as AB Scania-Vabis.
When it comes to vehicle production, the quality of the engines manufactured is one of the main factors, crucial for the success of companies. Scania has a lot of experience in this area. From the brand’s very first 24 hp 4-cylinder powertrain to the current benchmark – the 16-liter 8-cylinder V8 – Scania’s industrial engines have played an important role in fueling ships, trucks and buses throughout the world. whole world.
How Scania was in charge of the weather
Heritage is what we have over time. As a rule, those who appreciate the time and use it thoroughly enjoy the later results. But Scania has even exceeded these limits. The company’s enthusiasts have dared to challenge time itself and have found strengths.
In order to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the latest generation of trucks, Scania decided to organize a huge clock moved by trucks. Thus, the creators wished to emphasize their attachment to the value of time in long-haul transport, and the corresponding promise given to the brand’s customers.
The demonstration took place in a large deserted airfield in 40 degrees heat. Around 250 project participants created a fully functional clock made up of 14 large Scania platforms and kept them tracking every hour, every minute and every second throughout the day. The challenge became possible thanks to 90 highly experienced and specially prepared drivers (who had to change their shifts on the fly to keep the trucks going unstoppable, running like clock hands) and Scania Fleet Care operators (who watched and supervised the nearby tower scene).
So this is the case when the word “time proven” is not just a smart word but a real fact.
Why Scania is back on top
The main heroes of the successful experiment over time – Scania’s latest generation S-series trucks – continued the tradition (established by previous generations of the brand’s trucks) of winning the ‘International Truck of the Truck’ award. year”. This year’s title became the 5th in Scania’s Gold Collection, following victories by Scania R-series in 2010, Scania R-series in 2005, Scania 4-series in 1996 and Scania 3-series in 1989 .
No doubt that such a triumph of the launched S series is the result of more than a century of hard work in the industry. These trucks were designed with the long distance orientation in mind, where cost efficiency is key. Indeed, if it is a question of retracing the main heavy goods vehicle solutions, it becomes clear that the designers’ primary concern was to enhance the issue of long-haul driver comfort. That’s why the cabin offers a luxurious and spacious living space, thanks to a flat floor, exceptionally practical storage space and an extended panoramic view from the operator’s station. Other advances have been developed for an optimized operating economy. Thanks to modernized injectors and combustion chambers as well as the new rear axle ratio, the latest Scania engines are 3% more efficient in terms of engine speed and fuel consumption.
However, it goes without saying that today’s automotive industry is not only about making state-of-the-art vehicles, but also about providing high-quality service solutions. As for Scania, it provides comprehensive advice on financing and flexible maintenance planning.
When it comes to buying a heavy truck, surely there are several options. Depending on the specifics of operation, one can benefit from the purchase of a used vehicle. In this regard, precise quality control in both manufacturing and service, provided by the Swedish brand, allows used Scania trucks to perform well in the market.
Another interesting fact about Scania AB, which has a favorable effect on the stable development of the company and its heritage, is a very promising partnership with Nobel Media. According to the agreement, Scania employees have access to the Nobel Museum during specific periods as well as the possibility of participating in all activities supported by the international Nobel partnership.
In addition, research into the brand’s projects shows that Scania AB is particularly concerned with protecting the environment. The manufacturer is building a network of electrified roads to advance Scania trolley-type trucks, which receive power through pantograph collectors. Another example is the company’s investment in the construction of wind turbines on one of the plant’s areas to use renewable energy for its industrial activities. This forward-looking trucking company is used to file hundreds of patent applications for new inventions each year. It is therefore not surprising that it is among the most innovative companies in Sweden.