SCOOP!! No More V8 Scania’s???

….for the foreseeable future at least…..

As I often do I get to hear about all sorts to do with our industry and often before they are made public. I had an anonymous message from a number I do not know and it contained some shocking news straight from a UK Scania dealer. My source did say that three other operator friends have been told the same and their V8 trucks that were on order have already been cancelled. The message read as follows;

“I don’t know if you are aware that Scania have a massive problem regarding V8 engine production…

Apparently a German foundry makes the engine blocks for V8 engines as well as some VW engines, parent group VW has had a massive dispute over supply problems ( I’m assured it ain’t a quality issue)… this has apparently led to the supplier refusing to supply any more engines.

Scania has removed the V8 engine from sale and all current orders will be cancelled, the salesman are trying to do you a deal on 500bhp 6cylinder trucks as it is impossible to get a V8, if you go on Scania configurator you can only build a 6 cylinder powered truck… I was told last week that my salesman urgently needed a meeting with me regarding my new truck order, I was told it wouldn’t be built, the salesman is currently taking orders for Feb/March next year and that all V8’s will be cancelled and until Scania finds a new foundry to supply engine blocks and thorough testing/trailing, it will be impossible to order one.”

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VOLVO Launch FH 25 YEAR SPECIAL EDITION

To celebrate the introduction of the Volvo FH in 1993 – a quarter of a century ago – Volvo Trucks is releasing The Volvo FH 25 Year Special Edition. Available as both Volvo FH and Volvo FH 16, it is characterised by its distinctive exterior and interior design, superb driver comfort and state-of-the-art additional features.

The Volvo FH is one of the industry’s most successful models ever with nearly 1 million trucks sold since launch, creating a way of life for millions of drivers all over the world. The Volvo FH 25 Year Special Edition is therefore not only a celebration of the truck itself, but also a tribute to all the customers and drivers who have been driving this icon for the past 25 years.

“The Volvo FH is the perfect representation of a customer focused mind-set and a model that has been pushing the boundaries for a quarter of a century. This magnificent edition truck is therefore both a tribute to the first 25 years and a starting point for our continued successful journey with customers and drivers”, says Claes Nilsson, President Volvo Trucks.

“The first-generation Volvo FH meant so much for Volvo Trucks and the whole industry. It was a milestone; in fact, it was a game-changer that totally transformed the perception of a modern truck. Working on the design of the edition truck has been a real honour,” says Nigel Atterbury, Senior Graphic Designer at Volvo Trucks.

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The exterior of this special edition is best described as contemporary with a retro twist. The silver/grey and orange décor highlights the truck’s origin and the striping forms the number 25 to signal the anniversary. The striping combines 3D effects and shadows to echo the design trend of the early 1990s and gives the truck a distinct retro look. There are two launch colours, one darker, cool grey tone (Mammoth Tree Metallic) and a shiny red (Crimson Pearl), the latter a modern tribute to the original red cab colour of 1993.

When opening the door, a premium and luxurious interior awaits the driver. Safety has always been key to the Volvo FH and this passion is manifested by orange details in everything from seat belt stitches to curtains, carpets and reflective safety door decals. Using subtle, yet distinct accents, the design team has created a continuation of the safety and driver focus that has always been essential in the Volvo FH. And to enhance a great driving experience, the seats combine quilt and leather to offer exceptional comfort and design.

The limited edition truck also embodies how the Volvo FH has been, and remains, an innovation leader. It includes some of the truck’s latest breakthroughs and it can be specified with the brand-new extensions to Volvo Dynamic Steering:

• Volvo Dynamic Steering with Stability Assist. Designed to prevent skidding accidents.

• Volvo Dynamic Steering with Lane Keeping Assist. Engineered to help the driver stay in lane, preventing collisions and roll-over accidents.

• Volvo Dynamic Steering with Personal Settings. Allows individual adjustment of steering wheel resistance for convenient and comfortable driving.

“This truck really shows how Volvo Trucks is driving progress and continues to set new standards in trucking, just like the Volvo FH has done since 1993,” explains Tomas Thuresson, Global Long Haul Segment Manager at Volvo Trucks.

Tomas concludes: “It is a fantastic edition that pays tribute to a quite outstanding truck and the millions of people; customers, drivers and fans that have been engaged in the Volvo FH for 25 years.”

To summarise the official Volvo press release here are the basic details you all need to know;

Volvo FH 25 Year Special Edition

• Two versions: Volvo FH and FH16

• Two launch cabs: Globetrotter high sleeper cab or Globetrotter extra high sleeper cab.

• Two launch colours: Crimson Pearl or Mammoth Tree Metallic.

• Volvo FH 25 Year Special Edition branded interior and exterior:

o Globetrotter sign

o Striping

o Emblems

o Customised interior design (curtains, carpets, seats, safety door decals etc.).

• The Volvo FH 25 Year Special Edition will be built for a limited period during 2018 and 2019.

• Sales will begin in end of June 2018

Interlaken 2018 – Its not the last!

One of the best truck shows and truck show venues you could wish for. We all know Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, add a truck show surrounded by mountains and a local brew and bingo you end up with the above!! My truck show partner and myself talked about visiting the Trucker & Country Festival at Interlaken again this year (Having been in 2015 – see the PHOTOS HERE), but for one reason and another we have decided we can’t get there now. Worryingly here in the UK their is a rumour going round that this year is the last year of the Truck Mile at the show. It worries us so much so that James took it upon himself to email the show organisers and ask the question. James asked if this was the last year of the Truck Mile or would be able to go in 2019. This is the email response, apologies for it looking a little odd but I’m sure you can piece it together;

So there you have it, 2018 is NOT the last truck show in Interlaken, CH. I’m not sure where or how the rumour started but it’s not true. If you can’t get there this year, don’t panic you won’t miss out. I will urge you all to get it in your calendars at some point as you really won’t find a better, more beautiful than Interlaken. Saying that if it is, I for one will be off to have a few words with Katja!!

Transam Trucking Summer 2018 – P1

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It might not turn out to be the summer of love but I’m sure it will be trucking good one. My good buddy Mat Ireland is once again going to have a busy summer keeping all of our favourite music artists, moving about Europe, keeping us all entertained and giving us those summer songs and experiences we all crave during the long dark months of winter. Mat has promised me that he will keep the video diaries coming this year, so I thought it was only fair to post his first video for you all to see. I don’t need to say anything about it other than it seems a long way down down to the bottom deck of the Stena boat! I’ve been aboard many times but I have never been down to the bottom. Anyway it’s a cracking start to the season Mat, so please keep them coming……sorry about the plonker you met in Colchester on your way to Harwich.

Maggie’s from Wiltshire

I’ll never get bored of doing the blog as long as I keep receiving the odd email, once in a while that contains an absolute gem! I’ve always asked and I will keep asking for you to send in anything truck related and thankfully some of you still do, please keep doing so. This particular email came from Francis Whiting who previously has driven for H.T. Transport from Westbury in Wiltshire (GB). Having received the above photo from Francis of an amazing line up of Maquirus Deutz trucks parked up in the yard around 1980ish I asked a little more and got a little more back. Francis said;

Hi Ben, I worked for  H.T. throughout the 70s and early 80s, it was my first driving job, starting on a 7.5T box van. After passing my HGV I progressed on to artics and general haulage. This is a very grainy photo of the first sleeper cab I drove, taken in Rotterdam in 1978, happy days! Francis.”

Grainy or not, I’ve said it before, I’m not sure these photos would create or suggest such a nostalgic feeling if they were crystal clear digital photos that we all take today. Agree or disagree??

Anyway, thank you Francis it’s always a pleasure to see and hear of firms that are new to me. The beauty of the blog or perhaps I should say, the romance of the road is the amount of hauliers we used to have here in the UK turning a wheel with a great looking fleet. Probably talk of Wiltshire with a fleet of Maggie Deutz’s but may be not so familiar to those elsewhere. If you have any little snippets to share, hopefully with a grainy photo or two, please do email me. Most of you silver surfers can manage an email these days so don’t be shy, my email is; ben@truckblog.co.uk