By Abdul Razak Bawa
Scania West Africa, on Wednesday, unveiled an entire range of new trucks at a colorful ceremony at its regional workshop at the Free Zones enclave in Tema.
Scania’s New Truck Generation range, which took ten years to develop, represents the latest advancements in automotive technology for heavy duty trucks.
This is the first major launch of the Swedish trucks in the West African Market.
Within weeksof the launch in Europe, the truck was honoured with prestigious “International Truck of the Year’ award in 2016, and has since been winning award after award.
Among the laurels are the prestigious 1000-point test, European truck challenge and Green truck of the year.
Speaking at the launch, the Managing Director of Scania West Africa, Fredrik Morsing said, “the New Truck Generation optimizes total cost of ownership and improves sustainability and profit of businesses” adding Scania is “driving the shift towards more sustainable transport system”.
Mr.Morsing disclosed that the company is engaged in local initiatives along with our West Africa Training Academy partners and “providing apprentice programmeswith the aim of supplying the Ghanaian transport and logistics sector with skilled and qualified technicians and bus drivers”.
The sales director for Scania West Africa, Francois Lechat, revealed that “around 45% of all fatal truck accidents are roll-over accidents, this is why Scania is the first in the industry to offer a side curtain airbag in addition to drivers’ airbag with seatbelt pre-tensioner, which significantly reduces the risk of injury”.
He said “Scania has also improved road handling and the brake performance by 5%, they have moved the front axle 50mm forward and have introduced a new cab—power train–and front axle suspension which gives an excellent road handling and comfort”.
Touching further on some of the features, Mr Lechat said “we offer a lot of safety systems, like stability control, active emergency braking, EBS, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning”
Enoch OwusuAnsah, Presales Manager, Scania West Africa, on his part, highlighted some of new features that the New Truck Generation Range comes with.
For the engine range, he said “All in-line engines, have kept the robust and reliable PDE injection system, they have retained the 9 and 13 L engines with torgue, for the V8, they now have a new 560, with 2700 Nm torgue, reinforcing the new V8 platform, and changes to the exhaust manifold”.
For the XT, he said “completely new range for tough operations, availableon all cabs across the range, with features allowing maximum uptime” adding “All of this developed and tailored for the business that matters”.
About The New Generation Truck
The Scania XT range is for the most challenging assignments where robustness, productivity and uptime are crucial. The powerful bumper protrudes 150 millimetres along with a skid plate and headlamp protection mesh, which provides effective protection for the front of the vehicle in the event of minor impacts. The fully integrated powertrains in the automated Scania Opticruise gearboxes make the shafts synchronise with each other significantly faster and engages the next gear immediately.
With the recent high levels of carbon dioxide(CO2) pollution worldwide, Scania is tackling the CO2 challenge by setting targets for its own role in developing long-term sustainable transport solutions. For this reason, the new trucks can run on either diesel, biodiesel or hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO). Scania has the truck industry’s widest range of vehicles running on renewable and alternative fuels.
The New Truck Generation XT range is perfect for the mining, construction and haulage sectors since they are more robust and improves fuel efficiency by five percent. Also introduced at the launch was the Marcopolo G7 bus with its new facelift fitted on a Scania chassis.