MAN and Scania begin gearbox cooperation
Potential for synergies in Volkswagen Group
MAN and Scania will be cooperating on vehicle gearboxes in the future. As part of this collaboration, from 2016 Scania's gearbox hardware will be gradually implemented in TGS and TGX series MAN vehicles. MAN will develop the gearbox software for the optimal gear changing strategy. Testing of the first prototype vehicles has already begun. The aim is also to develop the subsequent generation of the current Scania gearbox portfolio together. The details of the cooperation are currently being drawn up. ZF Friedrichshafen also remains a supplier for MAN's trucks and buses.
"It means that Scania and MAN will be using a collectively developed, innovative gearbox concept in their vehicles in the future. Our aim with this cooperation is for components which set global benchmarks for commercial vehicle technology to emerge. That's why we want to cooperate on development projects with Scania in future too, provided that these do not impact upon their respective brands," says Anders Nielsen, CEO MAN Truck & Bus AG.
MAN and Scania will remain separate brands in line with Volkswagen's multi-brand strategy, with sales and service activities also following this principle.
This project is a major step forward in the collaboration carried out by the commercial vehicle alliance which consists of MAN, Scania and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. The alliance enables the companies to exchange their know-how as much as possible and make immediate use of the synergies of the collaboration.