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Scania R Series wins International Truck of the Year 2010. Biglorryblog had a hand in it too!

  • 16 November 2009
  • By Biglorryblog

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Not, as you might think, a new genetically-modified driver with six arms capable of REALLY multi-tasking..but a clever photographic way of showing the ergonomic layout of the latest R Series Scania, which incidentally, was also one of the reasons why it's been voted International Truck of the Year in 2010. And the official award handover ceremony takes place next month at the company's HQ in Sodertalje....And how come Biglorryblog played a part in this? Well because I am UK jury member on the 22-strong European-wide International Truck of the Year Jury that's why.   Now click through here for the complete story and the final voting figures...

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The recently-launched R Series (of which you have read plenty about already on Biglorryblog) beat off competition from Volvo, MAN and Mitsubishi Fuso and topped the ITOY poll thanks to its "continued evolution", which includes a more aerodynamic cab profile that not only saves fuel but also improves the flow of air through the engine, well in advance of the next generation of Euro-6 engines which, pundits tell me, will require extra colling to handle the fact that they will be running with both SCR and EGR

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The ITOY jury also approved of the major changes made to the R Series' cab interior, including the rather clever extending bottom bunk that, on the pull of a lever moves out to extended the mattress width from 700mm to 900mm and you can see a video clip of it now Scania's revamped Opticruise auto (finally without a clutch pedal) was also rated highly for having a faster, smoother and more intelligent shift strategy (not least by yours' truly), while Scania's new on-board Driver Support System was seen 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."  Summing up ITOY jury chairman (and my fellow truckie journo) Gianenrico Griffini declared: "During this extremely challenging time 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 ITOY award is presented every year by a 22-strong jury of leading European commercial vehicle journalists to the truck launched in the previous 12 months felt to have made the greatest contribution to road transport efficiency. And for the record the voting was as follows: The Scania new R Series 114 votes; Volvo's FH16 60; MAN's TGL/TGM 46; and the Mitsubishi Fuso Canter 23.