Used new generation Scania R- and S-series: 10 issues to be aware of

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Scania’s new generation R- and S-series tractors have not been on the road long enough to know how they’ll age, so it will be interesting to see how this section of the used buying guide looks when we revisit the vehicle in future years. For now, however, there are still things to be aware of, but most are teething troubles, which will hopefully no longer need consideration as the model beds in and develops.

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1. Windscreen: Instances of windscreens having cracked, suspected to have been caused by cab flex.
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2. Stereo: Stereo failures, probably due to the heater ducting being behind the units concerned.
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3. Fridge: Fridges sometimes cease functioning without warning or obvious cause.
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4. Mountings: Multiple reports of mountings and suspension at the rear of the cab coming loose.
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5. Front leaf spring: Reports of front leaf springs snapping on two out of three of one operator’s new generation trucks.
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6. Air dryer: There have been some examples of air dryers having failed.
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7. Oil leaks: Lay shaft oil seal failures reported at the front of the gearbox, resulting in large leaks, sometimes to the point where the clutch needs replacing after that has filled with oil as well.
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8. Air leaks: Continuous slow air leaks appearing on various valves.
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9. Headlights: If a headlight is cracked, the complete unit must be bought, rather than just the glass.
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10. Second steer-axles: Second steer-axles, where fitted, are now driven electronically in the same manner as a trailing rear-steer rather than using hydraulics, and some problems with the control box for these have been reported. These are rectified under warranty.
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Click here to view the full range of used Scania R-series tractor units we have in stock.

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Nikola partners with CNH on fuel-cell trucks

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Nikola Motor Company is to partner with CNH Industrial to speed up the arrival of its hydrogen fuel cell-powered trucks on the North American and European markets.

CNH Industrial, which owns IVECO and engine maker FPT Industrial, will be investing $250m (£203m) in Nikola Motor Company under the agreement.

Nikola Motor Company CEO Trevor Milton stated back in April at the global launch of the model line-up that he was looking for a partnership with an established heavy truck manufacturer to benefit from a ready-made manufacturing and engineering base with an existing support network.

The immediate priorities for Nikola Motor Company will be the industrialisation of the Nikola TWO, the day-cabbed North American model, and the incorporation of technology from the newly launched IVECO S-WAY (pictured, left) into the European-style TRE (right).

Interestingly, the announcement only refers to the TRE as a battery-electric vehicle, while the TWO will be fuel cell-powered.

“The time has come to finally provide a zero-emission solution to the heavyduty truck market,” commented Milton. “While other OEMs believe zero-emission solutions cannot happen in the timeframe regulators have mandated, Nikola, FPT Industrial and IVECO are proving that these timelines are not unreasonable.

“Nikola has the technology but needs a partner with a European network to achieve it in a timely manner. With CNH Industrial’s investment and partnership, we can now bring zero-emission trucks to Europe.

“It is exciting to see IVECO taking the lead in zero-emission solutions in Europe through its partnership with Nikola,” he went on. “By bringing CNH Industrial on board, we now have access to manufacturing know-how, purchasing power, validated truck parts, plant engineering and much more. Few will doubt our ability to commercialise a truck now.”

Nikola has also revealed two more suppliers joining the same round of investments. Vehicle component and system manufacturer Bosch, and Hanwha, which makes the solar panels that Nikola uses to generate the clean electricity needed to produce hydrogen for its supply infrastructure, have between them invested another $230m (£186m).

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