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Bosch is going to produce smart trucks since 2026

Bosch is going to produce smart trucks since 2026

Bosch will be unveiling its “VisionX” concept study to an international audience for the very first time at the 66th IAA Commercial Vehicles show. The company will use a concept study to demonstrate what commercial vehicles will be capable of in just a few years. Fully connected and in some cases offering automated driving, they will run on highly efficient diesel or even electricity as the situation demands.

“The truck of the future will be a 40-ton smart device on wheels,” says Heyn. Smart connectivity and automation will enable it to navigate traffic on the freeway itself, mostly without driver intervention. This will give drivers time to take care of other tasks, such as planning routes, processing shipping documents, or simply taking a break.

Mercedes-Benz presents a limited edition of Atron 2324 in Brazil

Mercedes-Benz presents a limited edition of Atron 2324 in Brazil

At the end of last year, Mercedes-Benz Brazil announced closing the producing of the bonneted trucks Atron. This means that the latest bonneted model of the company leaves the market. To celebrate this fact, as well as the upcoming 60-year anniversary of Mercedes-Benz in Brazil, the company prepared 60 copies of the 3-axle model Atron 2324 in a special limited edition version of "Edição Especial". They are distinguished by special symbols, rich equipped and sold only through a special web page.

Volvo reduces fuel consuption by 70% with its SuperTruck Concept

Volvo reduces fuel consuption by 70% with its SuperTruck Concept

Volvo just released a new video of its SuperTruck concept vehicle which the automaker says has achieved a 70 percent improvement in fuel economy. The highly aerodynamic truck, which doesn’t have side mirrors, is the result of five years of development through the U.S. Department of Energy’s SuperTuck program. The secret is an optimized aerodynamics (drag was reduced by 40%), less powerfull engine D11 instead of D13, weight reduce by 1350 kg and other features. “Fuel efficiency is at the heart of Volvo’s innovation and design,” a narrator says during the 4-minute, 23-second long video.

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Volvo Trucks has claimed two world records for its 2,400 hp 'The Iron Knight', beating the previous records in the 500 and 1000 meter standing-start categories.

On its 500 meter run at a test track in Northern Sweden, The Iron Knight managed to reach a top average speed of 131.29 km/h in just 13.71 seconds. Meanwhile in the 1000 meter standing start, it topped out at an average of 169 km/h in a time of 21.29 seconds.

Piloting the 4.5 tonne behemoth was Boije Ovebrink, a man who in 1994 was European Truck Racing Champion and is the holder of five previous speed records. While Volvo wasn't chasing an outright top speed record, The Iron Knight did reach a top speed of 276 km/h throughout its gruelling testing regime.

Helping to make the truck so fast is its 2,400 hp and 6,000 Nm of torque developed courtesy of a mid-mounted engine with four turbochargers and a water-cooled intercooler. A slick-shifting dual clutch transmission drives power through the rear wheels.

According to Volvo Trucks technician Olof Johansson, “Specialists from several different Volvo Trucks departments worked closely together to develop a truck with unsurpassed performance. Apart from Volvo Trucks' powertrain, which is the heart and soul of The Iron Knight, we've hand-built the truck from the ground up. The fact that we succeeded in securing not just one record but two is absolutely amazing.”

Scania launches new trucks of R and S series

Scania launches new trucks of R and S series

Two eagerly anticipated new Scania models have been revealed, heralding a generation of more efficient and spacious trucks from the manufacturer. New R and S models were unveiled in Paris, with the S truck said to be up to 5% more efficient than the manufacturer’s most recently launched product, the Streamline in 2013.

The trucks have been designed to provide enhanced aerodynamic performance, and following years of testing Scania believes they will be the most aerodynamic trucks on the market. There are new engines, with greater efficiency, and a redesigned cab, providing more space for the driver.

A range of new drag-reduction features appear in the S-series, now the largest truck in the range, with three adjustable air deflectors to improve the alignment between the cab and the trailer roof, as well as new smaller gaps between the lights and other external components.

The windscreen has been mounted flush to the cab and there are integrated auxiliary lights and end-marker lamps placed above the windscreen. The rear-view mirrors have also been redesigned to optimise airflow and create less drag. The R-series adopts the same principles on its slightly smaller frame.

The full engine line-up will see power outputs from 410hp to 730hp, with the redeveloped powertrains getting new fuel injectors, revised combustion chambers and a reconfigured cooling system, all of which have been tested over more than 10 million km during the development process.

Three models will be SCR-only (410hp, 450hp and 500hp) with the new 13-litre 500hp unit a new engine. The 15.6-litre V8s will continue with the same power ouputs found in the current R-series with 520hp, 580hp and 730hp, all using a combination of EGR and SCR.

The additional space means the interior has been totally overhauled, with more room for the driver thanks to a new seating position, as well as more storage and greater visibility.

Scania said the trucks had been under development for 10 years, at a cost of more than SEK20bn (£1.8bn) and promised that its customers will be able to “carry out their work in the most sustainable and profitable way, regardless of industry and area of application”.

Scania will continue to sell its current range of P-, G- and R-series trucks while production of the new models ramps up and the new designs and technology are transferred and launched in the other models. 

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