Scania is making its first appearance at the Tokyo Motor (Commercial Vehicle) Show, which opens to the public on 30 October.

The exhibition of a Scania is described by Scania as the first concrete manifestation of its business alliance with Hino (a Toyota subsidiary). Scania says it expects sales in Japan to expand ‘slowly but steadily over several years’.

Scania and Hino earlier this year entered a business alliance. The first step in the co-operation entails the marketing of Scania tractor units via the Hino sales and service network in Japan.

A Scania tractor unit is exhibited on the Hino stand which Scania says complements the Hino line-up in Japan.

“The age of 60 marks the start of a new era in Japan and Hino is celebrating their 60th anniversary this year,” said Kaj Lindgren, group vice president, executive board, and Scania’s architect for the agreement with Hino.

“The business alliance between Scania and Hino is a fundamental step for both companies.

“Scania has the highest image of all European truck brands and for half a century, Scania has been recognised as King of the Road in many countries. Hino is the leading Japanese truck manufacturer with the highest image. This means that two of the world’s premium truck makes are starting to co-operate.

“Scania’s strategy of organic growth does not exclude strategic alliances. One example is our business alliance with Hino. Another is the development of our high-pressure injection system – Scania HPI – together with Cummins .

“Hino and Scania complement each other very well when it comes to products and market coverage and this may very well open other possibilities in the future,” said Lindgren.

The business alliance between Scania and Hino also includes other, longer-term projects. The two companies are exchanging know-how in emission control and looking at the possibilities of using Hino’s new seven-litre engine in some Scania vehicles.

“Scania builds and sells the same range of products, uses the same production methods, the same environmental standards and the same demands on quality all over the world,” said Hasse Johansson, group vice president, executive board, responsible for Scania’s research and development.

“Thanks to Scania’s modular system, our customers can specify vehicles ideally suited to any transport task. And this is precisely what we have done to tailor-make a truck that complements the Hino line-up in Japan.

“We take a low-built chassis, since cargo volume has a high priority in this transport segment. We take a right-hand-drive long-haulage cab and underneath we put a low-emission 12-litre turbocompound engine with 440 horsepower. We fit our 12-speed range-splitter gearbox and offer our own retarder and automatic gearchanging (Scania Opticruise) as options. We make some modifications to the mirrors to suit Japanese regulations – but basically that’s it,” said Mr Johansson.

Earlier this year, Scania chief executive Leif Oestling said in an interview that he would not rule out a future equity tie-up with Hino. Hino is currently 50% owned by Toyota and is Japan’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles. There is a suggestion among analysts that Toyota could, at some point in the future, make a bid for Scania.