Scania and Haylion Technologies partner in developing autonomous and electrified vehicles

Scania will collaborate with Haylion Technologies, which focuses on solutions for the Chinese transport industry in the areas of autonomous driving, electrification and connectivity.top-832399b261e2bdba-org-1760x770

“For Scania, this partnership provides unique opportunities to contribute to as well as to learn from the rapid technology development now taking place in China in these strategic areas. We look forward to combining our knowledge and global perspective with the expertise and ambitions of Haylion Technologies,“ says Mats Harborn, Executive Director of Scania China Strategic Office.

Scania and Haylion Technologies will join forces in the field of non-fossil fuel powered, mainly electrified, vehicles, autonomous driving and urban bus transport. The common aim is to expedite the commercialisation of autonomous driving applications and sustainable transport.

“Gaining excellence in skills through collaboration has always been our principle. We recognise Scania’s leading position in the world’s commercial vehicle industry. I believe that our cooperation will further promote and accelerate China’s development of intelligent vehicles and the Internet of Vehicle (IoV),” says Dr Jimmy Hu Jianping, founder and Chairman of Haylion Technologies.

Haylion Technologies has together with Gortune Investment Co. Ltd established a team of specialists in artificial intelligence, automotive manufacturing, communications and public transport. This team focuses on autonomous driving technology, concept verification and its industrialisation. Haylion Techonologies’ main focus is developing comprehensive solutions for public transport by electrified, autonomous and connected buses.

Since the end of 2017, Haylion Technologies conducts trials with intelligent buses on public roads together with the Shenzhen Bus Group named ‘AlphaBa’, which is seen as industry breakthrough.

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Scania to use rail transport to ship cabs from Oskarshamn

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Scania’s cab factory in Oskarshamn has signed a letter of intent with its host municipality to increasingly utilise rail transport. The cabs produced there are shipped to Scania’s chassis assembly centres in Angers, France, Södertälje, Sweden, and Zwolle in the Netherlands.

Scania in 2016 inaugurated its state-of-the-art new cab production facilities in Oskarshamn, fully equipped with nearly 300 industrial robots for manufacturing cabs for the new generation Scania trucks that have been introduced in 2016–2017.

With 2016 as base year, Scania’s target is to halve its carbon emissions by 2025. Scania wishes the be perceived as the benchmark in sustainable transport and therefore cannot solely rely on road transport and is examining multimodal approaches. “To reach the target, Scania regards rail transport as the basis for establishing a world-class intermodal system making use of several means of transport,” according to the agreement signed with Oskarshamn Municipality.

Johan Uhlin, Head of Cab Assembly and Logistics, Oskarshamn. Photo: Gustav Lindh 2016

Although Scania is not directly involved in establishing the local rail combi terminal, it supports the idea as the basis for enabling a great share of transport on tracks. “Our intention is to utilise capacity at the planned rail combi terminal for receiving material from suppliers as well as shipping produced cabs to assembly plants in Europe.”

In parallel, Scania has underlined the importance of upgrading the road infrastructure to and from the cab factory and logistics centre. “The infrastructure as a whole is inadequate for our production volume and especially as we foresee increasing production,” says Johan Uhlin, Head of Cab Assembly and Logistics, Oskarshamn.

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Scania launches new generation tipper for Indian mining sector

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The P440 8X4 20.2 Cu.m U-BODY tipper offers increased payload carrying capacity and fuel efficiency in mining operations

Hyderabad, 11 July 2017: Scania CV India Pvt. Ltd., the leading commercial vehicle and engine manufacturing company today launched the new P 440 8X4 20.2 Cu.m U-BODY tipper. The P 440 U-BODY tipper has been designed to increase the productivity of mining tippers and improve the Total Operating Economy.

Scania India is committed to building innovative and sustainable solutions that meet the specific requirements of different sectors and regions. The P440 tipper was designed to meet demanding conditions in the Indian subcontinent and offer maximum operational capacity and fuel efficiency. The “U” design for the tipper body is the first in its class for overburden removal application. The body’s unparalleled combination of “U” design and superior wear resistant steel increases the payload carrying capacity by up to 5 percent while reducing the fuel consumption by almost 5 percent due to low self-weight of the tipper body. It also improves the stability of the vehicle by lowering the overall centre of gravity.

The P 440 U-BODY tipper comes with a mixture of time tested driveline and a new engine. It has a 13 litre, 440 HP engine and is capable of reaching peak torque at lower engine speed. It is BSIV compliant through Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology. This when coupled with Scania patented Opticruise® gear shift technology keeps the gear shifts to an optimal number and directly benefits the customer by improving fuel efficiency.

The Indian mining sector needs tough vehicles that can ply under the most demanding of situations. With this in mind, Scania put the P 440 U-BODY tipper through intense testing for over 12000 hours of operations in some of the most demanding mines in India, before launching it in the market. This level of intense testing on each field test tippers is testimony to Scania’s commitment to ensuring product quality.

Speaking at the launch function, Mr. Raghavan Srinivasa, Director, Sales (Trucks) at Scania Commercial Vehicles India Pvt. Ltd. said, “We at Scania work to integrate sustainability into the core of the business. Scania leverages innovative thinking, develops partnerships and works extensively within the logistics flow to capture efficiencies and secure customer profitability. We are very confident that P 440 U-BODY tipper will deliver on our promise of driving even more value and profitability for our customers”

All Scania tippers also come with an option of choosing Fleet Management Services. This service enables the customer to remain in control of the fleet’s performance by providing information such as fuel consumption, tipper idling time, driving behavior and tipper’s position. When leveraged in conjunction with our Driver Coaching Program, the FMS ensures maximum productivity and profitability for the customer.

While talking about Scania’s commitment to offering complete solution to customer Ms. Hanna Johansson, Director, Business Support, Scania Commercial Vehicles India Pvt. Ltd. (on behalf of Mr. Mikael Benje, Managing Director) said, “Scania India firmly believes in having a true partnership with our customers. Besides being a manufacturer of heavy trucks and buses, Scania is increasingly developing new ways of delivering customer value based on a full service offering that delivers lifecycle profitability.”

Via: Scania India Press Release

Unit sales of Volkswagen Truck & Bus with strong upward trend in first quarter of 2017

 

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  • Approx. 46,000 trucks and buses sold
  • 10% increase on same period of previous year
  • Renschler: “We had a good start to the new fiscal year. The positive unit sales development in Russia and South America in particular gives us reason for confidence.”

In the first three months of 2017 Volkswagen Truck & Bus sold around 46,000 trucks and buses of the MAN, Scania and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus brands. All three brands improved their unit sales on the previous year – for the Group as a whole this amounts to a rise of 10%.

Unit sales at MAN Truck & Bus increased by 6% from the previous year to 20,170 vehicles. With 20,660 trucks and buses sold Scania recorded a 12% increase in sales. At Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus too sales rose; the 5,290 units sold by this brand represent 13% more than in the previous year.

Andreas Renschler, CEO of Volkswagen Truck & Bus and the Volkswagen AG Board member responsible for commercial vehicles, said: “We have got off to a good start in the new fiscal year. The positive unit sales development in Russia and South America in particular gives us reason for confidence. After a long dry stretch Brazil is now slowly recovering and our patience is being rewarded with rising sales figures. As a Group too we are with our three strong brands growing closer together and steadily expanding our cooperation.”

In the first three months of 2017 the truck business developed positively: at 42,100 trucks the Volkswagen Truck & Bus brands sold approximately 9% more than in the first quarter of the previous year. In the Region EU28+2 (EU member countries, Norway and Switzerland) sales were, at 26,560 trucks, stable and on a par with the previous year’s figure. In South America the Group’s sales were up by 21%. Growth was achieved in particular in Argentina as a result of reforms introduced by the state. In Russia the incipient recovery of the economy and falling inflation rates led to considerable growth in sales. In the Asia-Pacific region the major contribution to the growth came from India, where the economic environment developed positively.

In the bus business too, the brands of Volkswagen Truck & Bus recorded improved sales: at 3,770 buses they exceeded the previous year’s figure by 16%.

MAN reports start of production of the TGE transporter and a major order for gas buses

Series production of the TGE started in the first quarter. With the TGE MAN is now for the first time offering a light commercial vehicle to customers in the logistics, courier service and craft trades sectors. Transporters are in increasing demand as a result of the growth in online trading which is expected to continue.

The commercial-vehicle manufacturer notched up an important success in Copenhagen, where in future 41 MAN Lion’s City GL CNG buses will be in service. This major order underlines MAN’s position as a leading provider of gas buses in Europe. The new buses, which have a capacity of up to 150 passengers each, will be deployed in the north of the Danish capital. Carrying 20 million passengers a year, the City Line in Copenhagen is one of the most highly frequented routes in Denmark.

Scania One launch and founding of Scania Growth Capital

In February 2017 Scania unveiled its new digital marketplace, Scania One, which addresses fleet operators and drivers with a number of connectivity services. With Scania One the drivers of 250,000 digitally connected Scania trucks can access the usual services but now also services from third-party providers. The goal is to enable users to achieve greater efficiency and thus higher profitability in operation of their fleets.

The founding of Scania Growth Capital marks a new departure for Scania. The aim here is to invest in innovative, fast-growing start-up companies and to make use of their business models and technologies. This access to new ideas with relevance for the industry is intended to help make Scania even more fit for the future.

Export success and investment at Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus

Despite the still difficult political and economic situation in Brazil, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus once again has three of the five best-selling trucks in its range. Also, compared to the first quarter 2017, deliveries from Brazil to other South American countries and Africa went up significantly. The international brewery group, Heineken, for example, ordered 150 trucks in Mexico, while the Mexican bus operator ADO placed an order for 154 buses with Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus.

Volkswagen Truck & Bus’s commitment to Brazil as a production location was underlined by the largest investment package in the company’s history. The Brazilian commercial-vehicle brand of Volkswagen Truck & Bus will be spending some 420 million euros over the next five years in order to renew its product portfolio, modernize the plant in Resende and develop connectivity services.

As Chairman of the Latin America Committee of German Industry, Andreas Renschler welcomes the economic recovery in Brazil and the region: “I am firmly convinced that after years of crisis the turnaround has set in. The trend is clearly upwards. Our truck sales in South America grew by 21% in the first quarter, which is well ahead of plan.”

Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and a global leader in commercial vehicles with its brands MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus and RIO. In 2016, the brands of Volkswagen Truck & Bus sold a total of 184,000 vehicles. Its product range includes light commercial vehicles, trucks and buses that are manufactured at 25 sites in 17 countries. As of December 31, 2016, the Company employed 77,000 people across its commercial vehicle brands worldwide. The Group is committed to driving transportation to the next level — in terms of products, services, and as a partner for its customers.