Scania tractor units are amongst the most popular in the UK. Certainly as far as the drivers are concerned, everyone wants to be behind the wheel of a used Scania R-Series tractor unit. More recently Scania have launched their S-Series top of the range for their tractor units with all the bells and whistles, but there are not too many of these on the used truck market at the moment. To be top of the used truck shopping list, the Scania Tractor unit must be a Topline version – a seriously high roof sleeper cab. Lesser mortals have to make do with the Highline cab – still roomy and desirable but a firm second place. Pretty much all of the Scania prime movers are fitted with the automatic Opticruise gearbox (sometimes 2 pedal, sometimes 3). Whilst most the of the Scania tractors are the R-Series, fleet operators often choose the G-Series with the smaller cab for their operations, also those involved in high payload local bulk operations.
Most common in the UK is a 6×2 Scania tractor unit, whilst 4×2 versions are available but will normally be used for international work if an R Series cab, smaller Scania G Series 4×2 tractor units will be on low payload local delivery jobs. 6×4 Scania tractor units will be used for heavy haulage and sometimes bulk tipping operation.
Most often searched for models include the 16-litre R520 V8 Scania tractor unit. It is a well-powered truck with ample grunt, but nothing excessive like the top powered S730 and R730 V8 with 730hp on tap.
The most popular of the 13-litre range is the R440 – more recently replaced by the R450 model.
Scania is now introducing solutions built upon the next level of battery-electric trucks (BEV). The new generation, available with R or S sleeper cabs, is part of a complete solution that will open the door to electrified transport wide for many customers and applications. With 624 kWh of batteries installed, Scania provides the means for a major shift regarding electric trucks and their operability in regional long-haul operations. “This introduction represents a major milestone for us and for our partners,” says Christian Levin, Scania’s CEO. “We are now increasing our range in every dimension by offering new opportunities for a…>
Nigel Clegg, the man responsible for the transport and logistics activities of one of Cumbria's leading plant hire, transport and recycled aggregates and demolition contracting specialists, Metcalfe Plant Hire Limited tells us why his company continues to select Scania vehicles as its preferred fleet choice, which Metcalfe Plant Hire has now been doing for more than two decades. "Quite simply, it's all about reliability and back-up – and I cannot fault either the Scania product or the service we get from Graham Commercials, our local Scania dealer. The trucks perform exceptionally well, they are ideal for our operations, and the…>
A Scania has once again – for the sixth year in a row – been named “Green Truck” for its outstanding transport efficiency and fuel performance. This time Scania entered a truck with the new Super-based powertrain. All the manufacturers of heavy trucks in Europe are invited to this prestigious comparison test that is organised annually by two German trade magazines with the aim of identifying the most fuel-efficient long-haul truck. “I am extremely pleased that a Scania is ranked as the most transport-efficient truck for the sixth time in a row,” says Stefan Dorski, Senior Vice President and Head…>
Why bother with a V8 when a straight six is powerful enough? We talk to Ballymoney, County Antrim-based McConaghy Refrigerated Distribution Limited about their experience of running a fleet of 16 Scania V8s. "We are a team of dedicated logistic professionals who always do the right thing for our customers and their consignments. Our aim is to be the best.” Those are the opening words that greet visitors to the website of Ballymoney, County Antrim-based McConaghy Refrigerated Distribution Limited. The statement is signed off personally by the company's Managing Director, Richard McConaghy, who 25 years ago decided to give up…>
Scania’s new drivetrain won a key comparison victory in the most famous comparison test of them all, Germany’s ‘1000 Punkte’. Just two months after its launch, the Scania Super has already won its first comparative test. The new Super-based powertrain was decisive for Scania’s fourth victory in a row in Germany’s renowned ‘1000 Punkte’ (1000 Points) test. A Scania 460 R tractor took on the latest versions of what Volvo and MAN have to offer in a test where all-important aspects of modern-day long-haul trucks are assessed by a team of experienced international truck journalists. The 1000 Punkte is organised…>