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The history of Scania

Scania was founded in 1891. Since then we have built and delivered more than 1,400,000 trucks and buses for heavy transport work.

Today Scania is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy trucks and buses. Industrial and Marine Engines is another important business area. Unlike our competitors, we have systematically concentrated our resources in the heavy transport segment.


Even during periods of sagging markets for trucks, Scania has shown good earnings. For more than seven decades, Scania has reported a profit every year.

Eleven factories in five countries were in 2000 involved in the manufacture of Scania number 1,000,000.

In the rear view window

What is it that makes Scania the successful company it is today and who are the people behind its products? On a journey through the past, we meet the managers, inventors and workers who have contributed to Scania's history.

The difference between being a truck- or bus driver today and a hundred years ago is enormous. At the beginning of the 20th century, truck drivers worked outdoors - there were no cabs at all. Roads were barely passable, and drivers mainly needed muscle power for loading and unloading as well as for manoeuvring their trucks on the road.


Scania around the world

Scania operates in about 100 countries and has more than 37,500 employees.

Scania is represented worldwide by approximately 100 national distributors, who organise sales and workshop services. More than 1600 service points around offer quality support to our customers. In addition to sales and services, Scania also offers financial services on most markets. Production facilities are found in Sweden, France, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Brazil and Argentina.



Scania’s strategic platform

Scania’s objective is provide the best profitability for its customers throughout the Product life cycle by delivering optimised heavy trucks and buses, engines and services – thereby becoming the leading company in its industry. Scania’s operations are based on the company’s core values, its focus on working methods and dedicated employees.

Core values

Scania’s core values permeate its entire corporate culture and influence its day-to-day work. Customer first, respect for the individual and quality are closely linked and are applied as a unified concept. These core values are the point of departure for all business development.

Customer first

Through good knowledge of its customers’ business operations and conditions, Scania delivers solutions that contribute to customer profitability by means of high earning capacity and low operating costs, while promoting a sustainable environment. The customer’s operations are at the centre of the entire value chain: from research and development via procurement and production, to sales, financing and delivery of services.

Respect for the individual

Respect for the individual means recognizing and utilising each employee’s knowledge, experience and ambition in order to continuously improve and develop working methods. Inspiration and new ideas are born out of day-to-day operations. This helps ensure higher quality, efficiency and job satisfaction.


High profitability for the customer throughout the product life cycle depends on delivery of high-quality solutions from Scania. Through good knowledge of customers’ needs, Scania can continuously improve the quality of its products and services. Elimination of all forms of waste is the way Scania can ensure that all deliveries meet the expectations of demanding customers. Deviations from targets and standards are used as a valuable source of continuous improvement in Scania’s processes.




Awards and recognition

Here’s how peers, industry groups and rating agencies have recognized Scania’s efforts in the area of sustainability over the last year.

Recognition for Scania’s approach to sustainability is increasing year on year, particularly among European rating agencies. Here are some examples:


  • Scania ranks 38th in Corporate Knight's Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, the highest ranked Swedish company on the Global 100 list.
  • Scania has been a component of the STOXX® Global ESG Leaders indices for three consecutive years.
  • Scania B is included in the Ethibel EXCELLENCE Investment Register . Selection is determined by better than average company performance in its sector in terms of corporate social responsibility.
  • Oekom research classifies Scania as Prime, qualifying Scania for SRI investments. Oekom’s analysis influences management of assets valued at over EUR 520 billion.
  • Scania is included in the FTSE4Good investment universe.
  • Dr Magnus MackAldener, Head of Fluid and Emission Treatment at Scania, has been awarded the Professor Ferdinand Porsche Prize for outstanding research in vehicle engineering. He receives the award for development of an advanced exhaust after treatment system.


Towards sustainable transport

Making logistics and mobility sustainable is one of the greatest challenges facing the world. Tomorrow’s economic growth and the sustainable cities of the future depend on us tackling climate change, human development and resource scarcity in transport systems today.







Study shows Scania supplies the most efficient alternative fuel technology

Bioethanol is by far the most efficient alternative fuel technology in reducing CO2 emissions from heavy vehicles a major study carried out in Stockholm has found.

Since 2010, a total of 50 alternative-fuel trucks have operated in Stockholm in what has been one of the largest ever trials of renewable fuels for trucks. The Clean Truck project has been managed by the City of Stockholm in cooperation with fuel distributors and transport companies.

The 50 trucks were operated on dual fuel (methane/diesel), hybrid electric-diesel and the bioethanol fuel ED95.

When results were evaluated recently, the Scania bioethanol truck had emerged as the clear winner with a nearly 70 percent CO2 reduction. Initially, when forestry waste was used to produce ED95, the reduction was even higher, 90 percent.

The Scania bioethanol trucks are operated by the Kyl- och Frysexpressen transport company in Stockholm, which carries out deliveries of fresh produce to food retailers in the area.

“After having operated ED95 trucks for a few years, we still firmly consider them, by far, as the best alternative fuel available,” says Managing Director Robert Barkensjö. “Of the options that presently exist, there’s simply no reason to look at other solutions.”

Barkensjö says that in his experience there is no difference between operating and driving a bioethanol compared with a diesel truck. What are the prerequisites for bioethanol operations? “None at all, besides the fact that you need a heavy vehicles licence,” Barkensjö says.

Scania offers the broadest range of heavy vehicles for renewable fuels, including biogas, bioethanol and biodiesel.

ED95 is an ethanol-based fuel for adapted diesel engines. It consists of 95 percent pure ethanol with the addition of ignition improver, lubricant and corrosion protection.

For further information, please contact:

· Daniel Milione, Product Manager Alternative Fuels, tel. +46 8 553 816 72.
· Örjan Åslund, Product Affairs, tel. +46 8 553 708 37.


Scania is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. Service-related products account for a growing proportion of the company’s operations, assuring Scania customers of cost-effective transport solutions and maximum uptime Scania also offers financial services. Employing some 41,000 people, the company operates in about 100 countries. Research and development activities are concentrated in Sweden, while production takes place in Europe and South America, with facilities for global interchange of both components and complete vehicles. In 2013, net sales totalled SEK 86.8 billion and net income amounted to SEK 6.2 billion. Scania press releases are available on (


















As well as introducing more Euro 6 engines in the autumn of 2013, Scania has also added a number of new and advanced features that have the potential to increase productivity and increase road safety, while reducing customer costs.

Increased efficiency thanks to sophisticated features

Eco-roll – a finely balanced tool where gravity saves up to 2% of fuel
European customers who buy a truck with Scania Opticruise and Scania Active Prediction will from Q1 2014 also be able to save fuel and money with a new function, Scania Eco-roll. Scania Eco-roll automatically assesses which option is the most fuel efficient, rolling downhill with the transmission in neutral and the engine idling or alternatively using engine braking with the fuel supply switched off. 

Scania Driver Support with more and improved features
Scania Driver Support is a display system in the vehicle's main instrument panel and provides feedback to the driver regarding fuel consumption as well as the driver’s ability to anticipate different situations throughout the journey. Scania now introduces more varied and enhanced features that provide more than adequate support for drivers. The system is standard on trucks from Scania.

Scania introduces new and further developed AEB and LDW systems
In the autumn of 2013, Scania offer the opportunity for customers to equip their trucks with advanced support systems aimed at improving road safety for heavy vehicles. Advanced Emergency Braking (AEB) can help to deploy emergency braking if the driver is inattentive to dangerous situations, while Lane Departure Warning (LDW) alerts drivers if a truck makes an unintentional sideward movement.


By making Scania Communicator a part of the standard equipment in all Scania trucks across most markets, customers have access to more effective tools to conduct their operations efficiently, sustainably and cost-effectively

New rational functions in Scania Fleet Management

The latest version of Scania Fleet Management will contribute with even more functionality. One of several new features is that vehicle positioning can now be updated every minute, compared with current ten-minute intervals (assuming the haulier has signed up for the prerequisite Fleet Management package).

“In frantic and erratic city traffic, ten minutes of driving can make a big difference for a distribution vehicle, for example,” says Karin Rådström, who is responsible for Scania Fleet Management. “With minute-by-minute updates, the message gets through quickly if a vehicle is following its schedule or if it is stuck in traffic.”

Scania is initially making this subscription-based service available in a number of larger markets.

Another new item is Fuelling Report, a function that automatically updates and compiles all the facts regarding how vehicles were fuelled, making them available in the Fleet Management portal. The summary makes it easy for the haulier to check that fuel invoices, etc., are correct.

Furthermore, all trucks with Scania Communicator can now calculate their own total weight. The information is taken from several components including the engine management system, and an estimated weight is provided after driving 20 km. In its current version, the function is primarily designed to support driver training and coaching, where the weight of the whole vehicle is a parameter for evaluating fuel consumption.


In addition to the eleven diesel engines with Euro 6 certification, Scania is the only manufacturer in the industry with a number of alternative fuels Euro 6 engines. In its current programme, Scania also offers gas and biodiesel Euro 6 engines.

Scania holds the lead in alternative fuel

Scania is now launching – as the very first of its kind – two Euro 6 certified truck engines that can run on 100 percent biodiesel (EN 14214). Scania’s modular-built, five-cylinder, 9-litre engine with 320 hp or 360 hp will be manufactured in versions that are certified to run on 100% biodiesel. The base engine has an available torque of 1,600 Nm from 1,050 r/min as a 320, and 1,700 Nm from 1,100 r/min as a 360. They have, therefore, a multi-faceted character, useful for both trucks and buses. Noteworthy is the fact that the output is not reduced by more than 8 percent (due to the lower energy content) when run on 100 percent biodiesel. 

An important point in this context is how uncomplicated biodiesel is from the perspective of the driver. All you need to do is fill up and drive. The fuel can even be mixed with conventional diesel if and when necessary.

“We see increasing signs of interest in biodiesel in a number of larger markets,” says Joel Granath, vice president of Scania’s Product Management for Trucks. The sustainability aspects are always kept in the picture, for example, for hauliers who are mainly in distribution traffic in city centres. As far as I know, no other manufacturer has presented Euro 6 engines for biodiesel. So we have great expectations of the reception of these very flexible and environmentally-suited engines.”


With the introduction of the 3,500 Nm and 730 hp Scania V8, Scania’s range of Euro 6 V8 engines is complete. The 520 hp and 580 hp versions were introduced earlier this year, and now the top-output V8 for the most demanding tasks enters the scene as well. It is known for offering never-ending power, high productivity and a lasting value like no other engine.

Scania’s range of Euro 6 V8s completed with the 730

Scania now offers three Euro 6 engines in its V8 range, the only Euro 6 V8s on the market. Customers who choose a Scania V8 prioritise features like performance, operating economy and durability. Scania’s legendary V8 engines, first introduced back in 1969, have established a unique market position all over the world and the market has been asking for a top-of-the-line Euro 6 version.

“Sheer power never goes out of style”, confirms Christopher Podgorski, Senior Vice President Trucks at Scania. “Our customers buy V8s for many different reasons, but an understandable need for performance is always one of them. The fact that our customers buy Scania V8s over and over again proves that they are durable and offer unsurpassed productivity as well.”


Not many trucks are complete and entirely ready to put into use direct from the factory. In general, additional equipment and different types of bodywork are essential. This is why Scania has created a Bodybuilding Centre (BBC) in Södertälje, Sweden, with the sole purpose of supporting bodybuilding and making it easier. Scania BBC works cross-functionally within Scania and with external bodybuilders. The aim is to develop the best bodybuilding support centre in the industry – both in preparation and documentation.

Scania focuses on making bodybuilding easier


“Our role at the Bodybuilding Centre is to contribute our knowledge and to be the contact hub between our development department, our dealers and all the highly specialised bodybuilders who work in different markets,” says Peter Almqvist, head of Scania BBC. “By being better than other manufacturers at ensuring that our trucks are thoroughly prepared for bodywork, we contribute toward cutting lead times and costs for the end customer. There is also a quality aspect, because we make it easier for bodybuilders by providing them with everything from advice to 3D drawings.”

One of the first results of operations at the Scania Bodybuilding Centre will be the introduction of the new system for complete truck authorisation and a number of training packages.

Scania’s well-known modular approach is also present when it comes to body-building. Even though many trucks are highly specialised and tailor-made for specific tasks, there are still common needs to be addressed.

“Tow bars, hydraulic equipment, support legs, power take-offs, brackets, fifth wheels – there is a lot of complementary equipment not suitable for offering in series production, but many customers still have similar needs in these areas,” Almqvist points out. “If you buy a truck from Scania, bodybuilders will want to know exactly what the prerequisites are and they should be able to access quick and reliable assistance from the BBC for advice and for support for any adaptations. With input and support from us, it should be easier and cheaper in practice to create an optimal, Scania-based solution.”


With the introduction of the 730 hp V8, Scania’s range of Euro 6 engines includes 15 Euro 6 engines in total. The arrival of Europe’s most powerful Euro 6 truck engine is accompanied by the launch of a number of new features and services from Scania. Their common denominator is Scania’s focus on providing outstanding total operating economy for customers.

Scania now offers a complete Euro 6 range


Today, Scania announces a number of new features and services. Scania is not only offering Euro 6 diesel engines, but also Euro 6 engines for alternative fuels, such as 100 percent biodiesel or gas. With 15 engines to choose from, Scania customers can always find the optimal engine to suit their applications.

“Scania is introducing a smorgasbord of class-leading new products and features”, declares Christopher Podgorski, Senior Vice President Trucks at Scania. “Our focus is to support our customers to be productive and profitable, today’s launch offers them new opportunities both when it comes to cost reduction and increased uptime.”


Electric power from the roadway for vehicle operations offers promising opportunities. With conductive electrical transmission through overhead lines or induction through the road surface, vehicles can be completely electrically powered on electrified road sections.

Technology for sustainable transport


Obtaining electric power from the roadway for vehicle operations offers promising opportunities. A future system of electrified roads has a number of advantages: there is less environmental impact from operation of vehicles, electrified powertrains are more efficient than ordinary internal combustion engines and power can be supplied to the vehicles without needing to use heavy batteries.

Two technologies

Scania is presently testing two technologies in this field: Scania’s powertrain technology with a hybrid powertrain can be supplemented by conductive electrical transmission through overhead lines, or powered through the road surface using induction, and thus become completely electrically powered on electrified road sections.

Decoupling growth

“Transport plays a vital role in society, moving goods and providing mobility for people,” says Scania’s President and CEO Martin Lundstedt. “Our sector creates opportunities for wealth and development worldwide. Now our industry’s challenge is to deliver that value sustainably – above all by decoupling transport growth from CO2 emissions.”

Halved emissions

Scania is convinced that carbon dioxide emissions per tonne-kilometre can be halved by the year 2020 with a further 50-percent reduction possible by 2030. “We realise that it is possible to break the link between increased transport volume and increased emissions,” says Martin Lundstedt.

This calls for a host of measures, including improving transport solutions and logistics, making drivers more skilful, biofuels and, not least, exploring new technological solutions.

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