Volkswagen-owned, Scania Commercial Vehicles has launched a new range of on-road trucks for trial runs in India. Through the launch of these trucks, Scania will continue with its heritage of offering customers world class products and services and being a trusted transportation partner, also for India. The Scania has launched four truck models in India – R 500 6×4, the G 460 6×4, the P 410 6×2 and the P 360 4×2.
Scania Truck range in India –
- The Scania R 500 6×4 is a heavy-duty puller, which is rightly called “King of the Road” across the global markets, is powered by its best-in-class 500 horsepower V8 engine, offering a high low-speed torque rating, which is essential for super ODC transportation. With the automated gearchanging system Scania Opticruise, this will be the first of its kind in the Indian market to carry the super Over Dimensional Cargo across the country in the most demanding highway conditions.
- The Scania G 460 6×4 heavy duty puller, powered by a 460 hp engine and also equipped with the Scania Opticruise that will help the driver to cruise with ease and comfort. The Scania G 460 offers the higher torque than any competitive 13-litre truck on Indian roads, thereby also redefining the ODC transportation in India.
- The Scania P 410 6×2 prime mover, a multi-task master, is the first of its kind in the Indian market with a powerful 410 hp coupled with a liftable tag axle tailored to long haul transport. Scania P 410 promotes efficiency through fuel savings and faster turnaround times, thereby setting new standards in the logistics segment, with a significant shift in Total Cost of Ownership.
- The Scania P 360 4×2 prime mover, powered by a 360 hp engine, is a specially engineered truck with high power and torque with rear air suspension that serve the needs of critical and fragile cargo transportation which require safety, lower turnaround time and offers a better solution through Life Cycle cost savings.
Scania was already present in India since 2007 in partnership with L&T, so far the company has sold around 800 18-axle mining trucks, each with a capacity of over 25 tonne. And back in Jul-2012, Scania India had begun work on their new manufacturing plant in India, which will be located at Narasapura Industrial Area, Bangalore. This new facility will be built over an area of 140,000 sq. mts. and will feature body building of coaches and buses along with assembling of trucks and buses.
The Narasapura Industrial Area (Bangalore) plant will be able to produce 2,000 heavy haulage trucks and 1,000 intercity buses, over the next five years. In order to sustain their growth, Scania will be investing Rs 250 crores ($45.8m) in India over the next three years. Scania India has appointed Larsen & Toubro as their distributor in India.
On the other hand, Scania is busy testing their future V8 powered commercial vehicles rigorously on their test tracks in Sweden. “Our mission is to find any faults before the trucks get in the hands of our customers,” explains Johan Lindh, manager at the vehicle validation department. “Every new truck that leaves Scania should be a better truck than the previous one.”