Volkswagen Truck & Bus is eagerly looking to find savings by letting it’s truck manufacturers cooperate as much as possible. Right after the German IAA-show, some structure of the very young Truck & Bus Group of Volkswagen starts to show. Volkswagen wants Scania to develop drivelines and it wants MAN to work on chassis parts, such as axles. The segment below 15 tonnes GCW remains the sole domain of MAN, whereit even dlivers vans form next year.
It is therefore that VW has given Scania the green light to develop a new 13 litre engine. Don’t be surprised if you see the engine in MAN trucks as well and in trucks of for instance Volkswagen do Brasil. We also see a possibility here for Navistar in the US. As we know, not long ago, Volkswagen took a stake of 16,6 percent in Navistar, which appeared very happy with this attention from Europe.
So, Volkswagen are developing their ‘world truck engine’ in the same way as Daimler does this with it’s Detroit engines. MAN keeps developing engines as well, but for the truck sector, word has it that MAN takes care of lighter engines, say from five to nine litres. Scania already has it’s own gearboxes, which we already see being mounted in MAN trucks. MAN-customers can still order a ZF box, should they wish so.