Special edition Scania V8 launched

Scania (GB) has launched a special edition truck to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its V8 engine. The limited run of 25 S-series Highline tractor units will be available in 2-axle or 3-axle versions and will be individually numbered.

In addition to the usual V8 package, they will incorporate a range of unique features including a distinctive livery in a choice of three different anniversary colours – ruby red, arctic silver and sapphire blue – anniversary logos on the rear mudflaps and wheel hubs, and exclusive puddle lamps.

Inside there are more 1969-2019 logos, a microwave, coffee machine and large-screen infotainment system. Each one will also come with a numbered certificate.

“Since its debut in 1969, the Scania V8 has been turning heads around the world,” said Vincente Connolly, UK sales director for Scania (GB). “Today, it enjoys legendary status among operators and drivers alike and is regarded by many as the king of the road.

“In the UK, the V8 is an integral part of our success story representing a significant proportion of our sales – especially to long-haul operators, particularly those in Scotland and Northern Ireland.  We are therefore delighted to be celebrating the engine’s golden anniversary with this unique limited edition, and I would encourage anyone interested to contact their local Scania dealer as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”

The trucks are available for order now, with deliveries from mid-November.

Find out more about the 50th anniversary Scania V8 limited edition at: ownthelegend.co.uk.

New 12 tonne IVECO ambulances for Bavaria

The first three of six special heavy patient intensive care ambulances commissioned by the Bavarian Red Cross have entered service. The 12-tonne GVW IVECO Eurocargo 120E28/FPs are equipped with Fahrtec-Systeme bodies with 1,500kg tail-lifts. Powered by 6.7-litre 280hp engines, in order to provide the smoothest possible experience for the patients, the IVECO's drive through Allison 3000 Series fully automatic transmissions and ride on full air suspension. The extended day cabs provide plenty of space for the three-person crews.

The ambulances meet a requirement to transport an increasing number of heavy patients, with body weights of 250kg now routinely encountered. These ambulances are able to handle patients up to 450kg, which according to Wikipedia, is all but five people alive today.