Scotland's first Euro 6 Scania takes to the road
With its head office in Linwood, Renfrewshire, The Malcolm Group has become Scotland's first operator of a Euro 6 Scania truck with the addition of a G 450 LA6x2/2MNA tractor unit to its long haul distribution fleet. Supplied by Scania (Great Britain) Limited's Bellshill branch, the vehicle forms part of an order for 36 tractor units and five rigid tippers. Distinguishing it from other vehicles in the company's 475-strong fleet, the new Euro 6 Scania has an eye-catching metallic silver and blue livery with red bumper and side-skirts.
"As a long established user of Scania trucks – our history with the marque goes all the way back to our 1967 Scania-VABIS LB76 – we are delighted to be the first Scottish operator to introduce a Euro 6 Scania truck into service," comments The Malcolm Group's Chief Executive, Andrew Malcolm. "Over the years, Scania trucks have consistently proved themselves to be extremely reliable vehicles with excellent aftersales support and good residuals, which is why we keep buying them. While it is early days for our new Euro 6 vehicle, the initial indications are very promising. The truck is being worked hard and our drivers have no complaints."
The Euro 6 engine fitted to Malcolm Group's new vehicle is a 13-litre, six-cylinder model from Scania's second-generation Euro 6 range. Designated DC13-24, the unit delivers 450 hp (331 kW) at 1,900 rpm and 2,350 Nm of torque (1,733 lbf.ft) between 1,000 and 1,300 rpm.
In 2011, Scania became the first manufacturer to present Euro 6 trucks. Since then, more than 5,000 Scania Euro 6 vehicles have been introduced into service, providing Scania's Research and Development engineers with an invaluable bank of operational data and experience, which in turn has led to the introduction of the company's second-generation range of high performance, fuel efficient Euro 6 engines. Today, that range comprises 13 variants providing power outputs from 250 to 730 horsepower, with a model suitable for virtually every heavy transport application.
Now one of the UK’s leading providers of logistics, construction and vehicle maintenance services, The Malcolm Group traces its history back to the 1930’s, when Donald Malcolm inherited the family business. From a single truck and a horse and cart, he built the company up to a 37-strong vehicle fleet by 1960, at which time the firm was acquired by Grampian Holdings. In 2002, Grampian Holdings plc was renamed The Malcolm Group plc and in May 2005 The Group was once again taken into private ownership by the Malcolm family.