Scania Australia 2015 Sales Triumph

Scania Australia 2015 Sales Triumph

Scania experiences successful 2015 in Australia.

Sales might have been down for Scania trucks on the global front in 2015, but here in Australia the Swedish truck brand experienced a very healthy year.

Sales data released this morning by Scania Trucks Australia, shows the brand achieved 707 sales locally in the year, that number representing the second successive year of 700 plus deliveries for Scania in Australia.

Scania will be buoyed for 2016 by 134 truck deliveries achieved in December.

In addition to its truck deliveries, Scania delivered 297 new locally built buses and factory fully built Scania-Higer A30 school and charter buses.

Roger McCarthy, Managing Director of Scania Australia, told Behind the Wheel Truck News, he was especially pleased to see the brand maintain its mantle as the third largest-selling heavy-duty truck brand in Australia.

“We delivered more than 700 trucks for the second year in a row and we finished 5th overall in the market over 16-tonnes, and 3rd overall if you look only at the cab-over segment in which we compete.

“As the market numbers show there was a significant downturn in single trailer ‘supermarket’ specification type deliveries (trucks with outputs ranging from 421-499 hp), which affected us, and some other competitors, during the year.

“We have been successful in developing the Scania business to stand for more than just the delivery of new vehicles, and our expanding services divisions have played a key role in supporting our growth and our continuing financial stability.

“Our parts division has been hard at work delivering more genuine Scania replacement parts to customers; our wholly-owned Truck Rental business continues to run at very close to 100% utilisation; and our newly established Driver Services business signed up more than 830 vehicles to our connected services programme in 2015,”

“We were also able to deliver our Scania Peak Efficiency Training programme to 846 drivers in 2015, helping operators to reduce their fuel consumption, vehicle wear and tear, and driver fatigue.

“From a pure vehicle sales perspective we have increased our in-house sales force and have welcomed more of our service and parts dealers into the sales fold, bolstering the number of outlets from which a new Scania can be purchased to 14.

“Also importantly, our Used Truck business continues to show solid performance, underpinning Scania’s residual values and proving to be an increasingly popular destination for high-quality used Scanias and other the makes we have stocked during the year.

“In 2016 we aim to continue to sign up more vehicles and operators to the Scania OnBoard and Optimise Driver Services. Scania Optimise includes our industry-unique follow-up driver-coaching programme, which aims to extend the benefits of driver training efficiency tips over a prolonged period.”

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