Scania has selected Porsche Engineering Group as its partner in the development of the next generation of truck cabs.
Per Hallberg, executive vice president and head of research and development, purchasing at Scania, said: “In Porsche Engineering we have found a partner that shares Scania’s values and views on development and production. We will develop a cab frame together that is optimised for Scania’s requirements on styling and functionality, as well as for rational production.”
Scania will also build a wind tunnel at its research and development centre in Södertälje, Sweden. This will be used for testing vehicle characteristics such as comfort, road safety and environmental performance in different climates.
The company says the facility, when it is completed in 2013, will be the only one of its kind in Europe.
Sven-Åke Edström, senior vice president truck, cab and bus chassis development, said: “In various stages of the development phase, there are many advantages in being able to test vehicles and individual components independently of seasons and without having to transport them to another climate. Investing in a wind tunnel will strengthen our competitiveness, since it will make shorter development times and higher product quality possible.”