VW Truck & Bus restructures drivetrain development

Scania to lead in heavy vehicle drivetrain design, MAN to oversee small and medium variants

VW Truck & Bus restructures drivetrain development
Volkswagen Truck & Bus CEO Andreas Renschler.


Volkswagen Truck & Bus will be streamlining the development of its truck brands’ drivetrains in a move that it hopes will free up capital.

The new plan, which will be led by MAN and Scania but also involve Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus and the newly-acquired Navistar, will see a collective development of its brands’ engines, gearboxes, after-treatment systems and axles.

However, depending on the product, either MAN or Scania will be in charge of its development.

"Thanks to the concept of lead engineering, we have established clear rules for future cooperation between MAN and Scania in the area of research and development," Volkswagen Truck & Bus CEO Andreas Renschler says.

"Both companies will develop our component platforms together, whilst incorporating their own individual strengths, which means that the cultures and business models of the brands will be preserved.

The move to develop "simultaneously… will generate synergies that are to everyone’s advantage," he says, and "gives us the necessary financial room to manoeuvre and create new business areas, develop innovations for our customers and penetrate additional markets so that MAN and Scania will also be ensured a leading market position in the future."

The division of responsibilities will fall on a cross-company Research & Development arm, which will manage the needs of all brands.

In terms of specific products, Scania will lead the development of a 13-litre engine platform and MAN will oversee the engines falling between the 5-litre and 9-litre capacity range.

To match those allocations, Scania will look after the development of large after-treatment systems and MAN the small and medium versions.

Further to those, Scania has heavy gearboxes and MAN has the light and medium variants.

Axles, both driven and non-driven, will be the responsibility of MAN and engine management systems will be handed over to Scania.

"The way in which items have been allocated is a result of the product ranges that the two manufacturers offer," Volkswagen Truck & Bus CTO Anders Nielsen says.

"Whilst Scania is only represented in the heavy truck segment, MAN also offers vehicles up to a lower limit of three tonnes, for example the TGM and TGL, and in future also the TGE.

"Each company shares its strengths and in doing so contributes to the success of the team."

The changes will come with restructures, the company says, but no jobs will be lost. Rather employees may have to move between brands or to other roles.

However, the news may not be so good for those working for MAN Diesel & Turbo.

The division’s board has announced a new ‘Basecamp 3000+’ program that will discuss the company’s strategy, portfolio, internal processes and cost structure.

The move will "reduce" overlaps and simplify structures, it says, and impact four facilities across Germany.

It predicts up to 1,400 staff will be affected by the move.



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