With around 500 HP and the largest driver’s cabs, the DAF XF510, Mercedes Actros 1848, Scania S 500 and Volvo FH500 offer a lot more of everything.
The truck segment can welcome its own S Class. From summer 2016, the Scania flagship will also adopt the moniker normally reserved for Mercedes’ most luxury car model. After the P, G and R, Scania has now released the S Class. This may not be entirely down to coincidence, either. It could have been called the Scania L (for long distance) or the Scania E (for extra). But it wouldn’t be too out-there to suggest that former Daimler Trucks boss and current head of VW’s commercial vehicle division (to which Scania belongs), Andreas Renschler may have had a say in the naming process. It seems he is prying the term ‘S-Class’ from the Stuttgarters for Scania.
The implication would be that high-end luxury trucks are the stomping ground of the Swedes, and not the Stuttgarters. It’s certainly feasible that this is the origin of the new Scania model’s name. The name ‘S-Class’ has long been associated with cars with superior engines, world-beating ride comfort and exquisite luxury. The current price of a Mercedes-Benz S 500 is 90,100 euros (plus VAT).