Scania’a R-Series range of trucks has been awarded International Truck of the Year 2010, based on its aerodynamic design, operational economy and support system that encourages more efficient driving habits.
Jury chairman Gianenrico Griffini said: “During this extremely challenging time for the entire automotive industry, and especially for Europe’s commercial vehicle manufacturers, Scania has delivered a state-of-the-art truck that sets new standards in terms of fuel economy, driveability and overall efficiency.”
The jury, which consists of leading commercial vehicle journalists from 22 European countries, stated: “Building on the success of the outgoing range – elected Truck of the Year in 2005 – the new R-Series impressed the ITOY jury not least due to its continued evolution.
“In particular, the latest model features a more aerodynamic cab profile that not only reduces fuel consumption but also improves the flow of air through the engine compartment, thereby aiding engine cooling – a factor that will be especially important for the forthcoming, next generation of lower-emission Euro 6 diesels.
“Scania’s revised Opticruise automated gear-shifting system, launched on the new R-Series, was also rated highly for its faster, smoother and more intelligent shift strategy.
“The ITOY judges further praised the Swedish manufacturer’s new Driver Support System (developed on the R-Series) which was seen by the majority of the jury as an innovative learning tool capable of providing a continuous and pro-active assessment of a driver out on the road, rating their fuel consumption, driving efficiency and overall ‘road craft’ with a simple yet effective star rating system which encourages a driver to excel.
“Last but not least the R-Series’ highly-attractive new interior impressed the ITOY jury with its latest dashboard, high level of comfort and ergonomics.”
Leif Östling, Scanias president and CEO, added: “The fact that the new R-series is being awarded the International Truck of the Year trophy confirms the success of our ambition that every innovation launched by Scania shall contribute to greater productivity, lower operating costs and enhanced driver comfort.”
The International Truck of the Year 2010 award will be presented to Scania in December.