Scania introduces latest truck models to Australia

By: Steve Skinner

Swedish truck giant says new “Streamline” versions use 3% less fuel

Scania has unveiled in Australia the first prime movers in its new "Streamline" series of long-haul G and R-series trucks.

This week truck journalists and fleet operators are experiencing for themselves the various improvements in the G 440, R 620 and R 730 at the Mount Cotton test track in Brisbane.

The most noticeable change is that the side air scoops which have been a trademark part of the Scania look for many years, are gone.

In their place are rounded cab corners, with a small "deflector lip" just above the headlights to create enough swirl to keep dirt and spray off the door handle.

Also improving the aerodynamics is a new sun visor which allows air to escape through its opened ends.

Meanwhile at the rear, new LED tail-lights will draw less current and therefore ask less of the engines.

Transmission changes will also contribute to what Scania estimates will be 3-4% improved fuel efficiency on long-haul applications for the new models in Australia.

A new low-drag  gearbox uses three litres less oil and has new guiding plates; there is a new "economy" setting to go with the "standard" and "power" settings in the Opticruise AMT; and a new "Ecocruise" cruise control function in the Opticruise software also enables the truck to use less fuel once up to speed in economy mode.

Various other optional refinements include a new dual battery system ensuring  the engine will always start; a host of new upholstery and lighting combinations; and a fan in the base of the seat to prevent sweaty posteriors.

Scania says the new trucks are just part of the manufacturer’s "total transport solutions" package, which includes service agreements and driver fuel efficiency training, and from early next year will also include a remote diagnostics system.

Deliveries of Streamline trucks with Euro V engines begin immediately, and Scania says a limited range of Euro 6 engines are available as options.  A lighter but stronger single-drive axle is also available for 6x2 and 4x2 configurations.

A highlight of the day at Mt Cotton was a spin in the R 730 pulling a set of B-triple trailers. The huge 16 litre V8 engine hauled almost 80 tonnes around the hilly and windy course with ease.

For more on the new Scanias check out upcoming issues of ATN and Owner//Driver magazines

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