Scania has been elected Truck of the Year in Russia in the best imported heavy vehicle category. The award was made by a jury of the country’s leading trade journalists.

The jury was faced with a choice of foreign models from Scania, Volvo, Iveco, Mercedes, MAN, DAF and Renault.

Official Russian statistics of sales of heavy vehicles for 2001 were published at the same time. These show that the market is approximately 25,000 vehicles annually and that western makes account for just 5% of the market. Scania leads the import segment with 29% of the import market.

However, the percentage of European trucks is increasing as the Russian economy strengthens, and is now approaching 10% according to industry sources. More Russian-based operators are looking to renew their fleets with modern product.

“Winning the Truck of the Year award is obviously very satisfying,” commented P.G. Nilsson, MD of Scania’s subsidiary, Scania Russia.

“It is also gratifying to note that sales this year to date have exceeded our own predictions and that we are heading for record volumes – around 500 vehicles — since we commenced activities in Russia. The response to our purpose-built Griffin model, in particular, has been almost overwhelming.”

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