These photo’s popped up in our mailbox. An anonymous Iepieleaks friend, or spie if you like found the pictures of this Scania R450 6×2 tractor. The photo’s were shot in Illinois, USA. Now since a failed atempt to enter the USA market in the eighties Scania did not sell trucks in North America.
At this moment Scania is part of the Volkswagen Truck and Bus Group and that group has global ambitions. In the USA the VW Group has a share of 16,9% in Navistar, owner of the American truckbrand International. This brand is using MAN diesel engines in their trucks at the moment. The truck in the picture is probably a test truck that is used for internal comparison and to see what’s cooking in the European kitchen. The Scania R450 is the most modern European truck at the moment and there shure is a lot to learn for the American engineers. When you look closely at the photo’s you can see the name Navistar on the Scania cab, so this must be an internal comparison test truck. So, we don’t believe that Scania is going to operate on the North American market but probably Navistar is looking into the future before they become a full part of the VW Group.