Scania reveals extra-length R and S cabs
Scania has introduced a new extended length version of its R and S series cabs. The CR23 and CS23 cabs have an addition 270mm behind the B-pillar.The cabs are built for Scania by its subsidiary, Laxå Special Vehicles, which produces limited production versions such as crew-cabs. So it’s unlikely that they will become a mainstream volume option anytime soon.
Stefan Dorski, head of Scania Trucks said “With the introduction of CR23 and CS23, Scania raises the bar for premium trucks even higher. We will blend some of the capabilities from our Scania CrewCab into our premium cabs in the R and S series. By doing that we add generous space that brings extra comfort and opens up for a multitude of creative solutions.
“Scania’s plan is to have these cabs certified with a Whole Vehicle Type Approval in Q4 this year. Some countries will initially have these vehicles certified separately on their respective markets”.
Scania GB hasn't confirmed whether the extended cab will be available to UK operators, but UK sales director Vincente Connolly said "Since the 1960’s Scania has taken great pride in its modular system, and our engineers pay careful attention during the development phase to ensure interfaces are standardised so vehicles can be anything but. The ability to combine components in new and diverse ways allow us to be agile and creative in our thinking.
"The new CR23 and CS23 cabs show how the modularity in the mindset can be adapted to suit new and varied applications, the cabs improve the volume by circa 13%, offering additional space and comfort for the driver. While they will not suit all transport tasks, applications operating under the overall length thresholds for rigids and articulated variants have the opportunity to take advantage of the volume improvements."
Hauliers confident of business strength in next 12 months, CM research reveals
Hauliers remain upbeat about their business performance in the next 12 months, new research has revealed, with nearly half expecting a degree of upturn compared with 2020: 16% believe things will be “significantly better” and 30% “slightly better”.
Just under a quarter of operators believed they would fare the same in terms of performance, while 22% were expecting a slightly worse or signicantly worse year ahead.
Whilst resilience remains high for the sector, the ‘Asset Alliance Group Industry Monitor 2021’, also highlights a more modest ambition when it comes to the amount of company uplift.
Of those operators expecting business growth, one-third predicted this to be between 0.1% and 4.9% and a further 36% put it between 5% and 9.9%.
At the more ambitious end of the scale, 9% expected to grow at a level above 20%.
Free to download, the ‘Asset Alliance Group Industry Monitor 2021’, complied in partnership with Motor Transport and Commercial Motor, comprises a 625-strong respondent base and provides a robust insight into the decisions made by UK operators.
A must-read for all fleet operators, it provides analysis of key challenges – such as urban regulations, the national driver shortage and truck crime – and gauges the impact they are having on business of all sizes.