As the dust settles on the launch activities of Scania as it introduces the New Generation Truck Range to the Australian market, in Scandinavia and Western Europe where the new range is already on the market the reaction has been extremely positive.
Henrik Henriksson, President and CEO of Scania Trucks worldwide has announced that net sales rose to a record high SEK 119.7 billion, an increase of 15 percent compared to the previous year.
“Truck deliveries reached an all-time-high and demand for our new truck range was good. Higher vehicle and service volume impacted earnings positively, offsetting higher production costs for running double product ranges, constraints in the supply chain and an unfavourable market mix,” said Henrik.
“Operating income in 2017 amounted to SEK 12.4 billion, which gave an operating margin of 10.4 percent. In 2017, vehicle orders surpassed the level of 100,000 for the first time due to the new truck generation and our global reach. Order bookings for trucks rose by 30 percent compared to the previous year,” he added.
With more than 300,000 connected vehicles in the fleet, Scania is able to continually improve its customer offering with increasingly efficient services for improved profitability. Financial Services reported its highest ever operating income of SEK 1.3 billion and credit losses remain at low levels.
The introduction of the new truck generation is continuing. With the launch of trucks for long-haulage, construction and most recently trucks for urban traffic, Scania has unveiled all the products in the new truck family. The new fuel-efficient vehicles offer enhanced drivability, improved safety, ergonomics, comfort and even better overall economy. In 2017, more than 13,000 trucks were delivered from Scania’s new truck range.
With an average reduction in fuel consumption of over five percent per vehicle, this will provide total estimated savings of more than 30,000 tonnes in global carbon emissions.
Total vehicle deliveries increased by 12 percent during 2017 to a record high 90,777 (81,346) units, compared to 2016. Scania’s total truck deliveries increased by 21 percent to 24,309 (20,033) units during the fourth quarter compared to the year-earlier period, despite continued constraints in the supply chain.
Order bookings for trucks and buses and coaches rose by 28 percent to 109,415 (85,527) vehicles, compared to 2016.