Archive for the ‘Transport’ Category

INTRODUCING THE MINI COOPER S…WITH D.

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Coming just months after the launch of the MINI Countryman and the new MINI Family, MINI has announced that the MINI Cooper SD will be the most powerful diesel variant in the MINI line-up. The new 2.0 litre/143hp available in all MINI body types – Hatch, Convertible, Clubman and Countryman will deliver more power, frugal fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions.

The MINI Cooper S name first graced the classic Mini back in 1963 and during the ensuing 48 years it has consistently been feted as the ultimate performance Mini, having won the Monte Carlo rally three times and countless other races and rallies around the globe.

It would be almost inconceivable that such an iconic heritage could ever see the valued ‘S’ tag attached to anything other than a finely-honed petrol engine with all its attendant sporting prowess. However, such is the progress made by BMW Group in developing powerful, responsive and efficient diesel units that for the first time the Cooper S badge will grace a new diesel model – the MINI Cooper SD. Not only will it be the most performance-oriented diesel MINI, the MINI Cooper SD will also feature the largest displacement power unit ever to grace the engine compartment of a MINI model in the marque’s 52 year history.

The two litre four cylinder power unit follows the design philosophy of the familiar 1.6 litre engine but produces 143hp at 4,000 rpm, almost 28 per cent more than the Cooper D and nearly 60 per cent above that of the One D. Unsurprisingly its power, allied to a mighty torque figure of 305 Nm (225 lb-ft) from 1,750 to 2,700 rpm, the highest torque value of any MINI engine, even the engines within the John Cooper Works family, endows the Cooper SD with vivid performance: in the case of the Hatch a top speed of 215km/h and a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 8.1 seconds.

Efficient grunt

The new diesel engine features an all-aluminium crankcase to keep weight down while a special and very powerful turbocharger with variable intake geometry is controlled by the engine management system to deliver mighty thrust at all engine speeds. However, this new engine does not sacrifice efficiency on the altar of performance. The common-rail direct injection system features solenoid valve injectors in the centre of the cylinder head that inject each precise dose of fuel at a pressure of up to 1,600 bar. But this parsimonious technology is only the beginning because all five MINI Cooper SD models are equipped with the full panoply of MINIMALISM technology to eke ever more miles from every precious litre of diesel.

The MINIMALISM features include Brake Energy Generation, Auto Start/Stop, Shift Point Display, Electric Power Steering and demand-based ancillaries such as the alternator. The result is nothing short of miraculous. While the MINI Cooper SD Hatch will whizz effortlessly up the Col de Turini above Monte Carlo, it sips fuel at the rate of 4.3 l/100km on the EU cycle and emits a mere 114 grams of CO2.

SD Model Top Speed 0-62 mph Consumption (l/100km combined) Emissions OTR Price

Hatch 215 km/h 8.1 secs 4.3 l/100km 114 grams €26,510

Clubman 215 km/h 8.6 secs 4.4 l/100km 115 grams €27,990

Convertible 210 km/h 8.7 secs 4.5 l/100km 118 grams €29,890

Countryman 198 km/h 9.3 secs 4.6 l/100 km 122 grams €31,080

Countryman ALL4 195 km/h 9.4 secs 4.9 l/100 km 130 grams €33,510
All Cooper SD models are equipped as standard with a new super light six speed manual gearbox. The 22.8 kilo transmission is the lightest gearbox of its kind and offers well-matched ratios and a precise, short shift gear lever action. A six speed automatic transmission is available as an option and includes shift paddles on the steering wheel for auto drivers with a sporty inclination.

MINI Cooper SD

www.MachineShift.com

The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid – another world-first from Volvo Car Corporation

Monday, March 21st, 2011

The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid – another world-first from Volvo Car Corporation

At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Volvo Cars will be unveiling the V60 Plug-in Hybrid – a virtually production-ready car with carbon dioxide emissions below 50 g/km, which translates into fuel consumption of 150 miles per gallon.

In 2012 Volvo Cars will be the first manufacturer on the market with this new breed of hybrid – which is the result of close cooperation with the Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall.

The V60 Plug-in Hybrid features the very best properties from three different car types in one sports wagon. This includes a possibility for the driver to drive up to 32 miles on pure electricity.

“This second-generation hybrid is the perfect choice for the uncompromising buyer who wants a carbon dioxide-lean car packed with driving pleasure,” says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Cars.

D5 engine and Electric Rear Axle Drive
The front wheels of the V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be driven by a five-cylinder 2.4-litre D5 turbodiesel, which produces 215 horsepower and maximum torque of 440 Nm. The rear axle features ERAD (Electric Rear Axle Drive) in the form of an electric motor producing 70 horsepower, which receives its power from a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The car features a six-speed automatic transmission.

“In order to get true car enthusiasts to think green, you have to offer them the opportunity to drive with low carbon dioxide emissions without taking away the adrenaline rush that promotes genuine driving pleasure. The V60 Plug-in Hybrid has all the traditional properties of a genuine sports wagon. What we’ve done is to spice it up with spearhead technology,” says Stefan Jacoby.

The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will be revealed at a press conference in Geneva in March

V60

www.MachineShift.com

Global race for better service

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Global race for better service

There is a growing interest in Top Team, Scania’s global competition for service personnel working at dealers and workshops. The winners: Scania owners and drivers all over the world.

Scania’s Top Team competition is now under way around the world. Teams of service technicians and specialists in 46 markets have been honing their skills and competing to qualify for the regional finals, with the world final in Södertälje in October 2011 as their ultimate goal.

Scania's Top Team 2011

The main purpose of the competition is that the participants should increase their knowledge of Scania products, work methods and tools. Other goals include strengthening the cooperation and to boost motivation among the workshop staff. The competition also enables participants to gain practical experience equivalent to numerous hours of training.

“Skilled service technicians give customers quick, correct service,” emphasises Anders Gustafsson, head of Service Operations within Scania. “For Scania, this enables us to service more vehicles and to ensure that we have more satisfied customers.”

When the first such competition took place in Sweden in 1989, its aim was to raise the status of an occupational group that rarely attracted attention at the time. But today the situation is different. Once simply skilled workers, parts and service staff have increasingly assumed the role of problem solvers.

“Today, above all, it is a matter of listening to the customer and interpreting symptoms,” says Dan Löfgren, who is in charge of services development efforts within Scania Services and Parts Operations. “With the increasingly advanced electronics, trouble-shooting software-related problems has become more and more complex.”

The competition emphasises the importance of teamwork. It reflects the growing need for collaboration both on the service workshop floor and between parts and service specialists.

“Solving problems together reduces the pressure on each individual while improving the chances of getting vehicles back on the road quickly,” Löfgren says.

There is increasing interest in joining the Top Team competition. In the 2010/11 round the number of contestants and the number of qualifying rounds has been larger than in previous competitions. Löfgren is convinced that participation helps strengthen the professional identity of the service market staff.

“The competition gives them a unique chance to measure their skills on equal terms against colleagues from around the world,” he says.

Scania Top Team 2011

The Top Team competition 2010/11

• The 6,000 participants come from 46 markets
• Regional finals – three in Europe, one each in Asia and Latin America (including South Africa) – take place April through August
• The two best teams from each regional final continue on to the world final
• The world final takes place 14–16 October 2011 in Södertälje.

www.MachineShift.com

STRONG GROWTH IN SALES OF DYNAFLEET ONLINE

Monday, March 21st, 2011

STRONG GROWTH IN SALES OF DYNAFLEET ONLINE

The sales of Volvo’s Dynafleet Online telematics system had a fantastic year in 2010. The Dynafleet Online portfolio increased by more than 40% which means that today more than 15,600 vehicles across Europe are actively connected to Dynafleet Online.

“Dynafleet Online provides our customers with an easy, reliable and affordable tool to track both fuel and the environmental impact of their operation. Recognising fuel saving opportunities becomes more important in tough economic times and Dynafleet Online can create savings in any customer operation,” says John Russell, Business Solutions Manager at Volvo Trucks.

A new version of Dynafleet Online was launched before Christmas which includes an improved customer interface, Google maps integration for easy route planning, and traffic light reporting. A new service packaging gives increased flexibility to customers, who can now tailor their own solutions according to their specific needs. Services include ‘Fuel and Environment’, ‘Positioning’, ‘Driver Times’ and ‘Messaging’.

Dynafleet 1

www.MachineShift.com

JAGUAR CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF ICONIC E-TYPE

Monday, March 21st, 2011

JAGUAR CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF ICONIC E-TYPE

This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most famous and desirable cars in automotive history – the Jaguar E-Type.

Jaguar will be celebrating this special anniversary year at high-profile motoring events throughout 2011.

The company will mark the anniversary at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and go on to celebrate at Goodwood’s Revival and Festival of Speed, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Nurburgring Old Timer Grand Prix and a host of Jaguar customer, dealer and lifestyle events worldwide.

When it was launched in 1961, the appeal of E-Type transcended the automotive world. Such is the inherent rightness of its proportions, stance and purity of line, that it is a permanent exhibit in New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

The now iconic E-Type set new standards in automotive design and performance when it was launched in 1961. Its influence is still apparent in Jaguar’s modern range: cars that offer a peerless blend of performance, comfort, cutting-edge technology and award-winning design.

“Half a century of progress has not diminished the significance of the E-Type,” said Mike O’Driscoll, Managing Director Jaguar Cars and Chairman Jaguar Heritage.  “It was a sensation when it was launched, and remains Jaguar’s most enduring and iconic symbol. The E-Type is simply one of the most exciting cars ever created and a legacy to the genius of Jaguar’s founder, Sir William Lyons.”

E-Type owners included celebrities such as George Best, Brigitte Bardot, Tony Curtis and Steve McQueen and the sports car became as synonymous with the Swinging Sixties as the Beatles and the mini skirt.

“It is impossible to overstate the impact the E-Type had when it was unveiled in 1961,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar Design Director. “Here was a car that encapsulated the spirit of the revolutionary era it came to symbolise.  The E-Type is a design that even today continues to inform the work we do in styling the Jaguars of the future.”

Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961, Jaguar’s E-Type caused a sensation. Capable of achieving 150mph, but costing a fraction of the price of rivals with similar performance, it was the affordable supercar and became an instant icon – remaining on sale for 14 years.

Jaguar E-TYPE Coupe

www.MachineShift.com

The new BMW 6 Series Convertible. Irish engine line up and pricing confirmed.

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

The new BMW 6 Series Convertible.

Irish engine line up and pricing confirmed.

Dublin. BMW Ireland today confirmed that the new BMW 6 Series Convertible will be available from launch with two petrol engines: the 650i and 640i. Both promise to offer unmatched dynamics, smoothness and responsiveness from their respective V8 and inline six-cylinder engines through the use of twin and single turbocharger technology.

Set to be launched in Ireland on 26th March, the new BMW 6 Series Convertible will also continue to set the benchmark in its class in terms of design. Inspired by the sportiness of a speed boat, the BMW 6 Series Convertible features a particularly flat waistline, long wheelbase, powerfully contoured roof, a wide and sweeping bonnet and a far set-back passenger compartment. The large, forward-slanted ‘shark-nose’ BMW kidney grille and muscular wheel arches further underline the sporty character of the BMW 6 Series model and add to its presence on the road.

Prices start at €107,690 (RRP) / €108,540 (OTR) for the 640i and at €133,040 (RRP) / 133,890 (OTR) for the 650i.

Generous standard specification

Both models will feature a very high level of standard specification, building upon the already high level of standard equipment of its predecessor. Amongst others the list of equipment includes:

  • Dakota leather upholstery
  • Xenon headlights
  • USB audio interface
  • Seat heating, front
  • Bluetooth telephone preparation
  • BMW Professional Multimedia Navigation system
  • Flat-panel 10.2” high-resolution control display
  • Ambient lighting
  • Folding and automatically dimming exterior mirrors
  • LED front foglights
  • 18” alloy wheels for the 640i SE model [19” for the 650i SE]

Drivetrain

The 4.4-litre eight-cylinder engine in the new BMW 650i Convertible is unique in that the brace of turbochargers are positioned in the V-shaped area between the cylinder banks. This design results in more efficient packaging and greater engine efficiency. A maximum 407hp is developed between 5,500 and 6,400rpm, with peak torque of 600Nm available between 1,750 and 4,500rpm.

The new BMW 650i Convertible sprints from zero to 100km/h in 5.0 seconds, with a top speed electronically limited to 250km/h. For a model of such blistering performance and refinement, it is also extraordinarily efficient, with average combined fuel consumption of 10.7 l/100km and CO2 emissions of 249g/km.

The six-cylinder in-line engine in the new BMW 640i Convertible uses single turbocharger technology alongside petrol direct injection with VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control. This enables the 3.0-litre unit to develop a maximum 320hp at 5,800rpm and maximum torque of 450Nm between 1,300 and 4,500rpm. This engine propels the BMW 640i Convertible from zero to 100km/h in 5.7 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.

Perhaps even more remarkable are its efficiency figures. The BMW 640i Convertible achieves 7.9 l/100km on the combined cycle, while CO2 emissions are only 185g/km, proving that at BMW luxurious sporting performance does not come at the expense of economy. Indeed, this model is fitted as standard with an automatic transmission that features Auto Start-Stop technology and an automatic active air flap control behind the car’s kidney grille for optimum engine performance.

As with all BMWs, both derivatives of the new 6 Series Convertible come with a raft of BMW EfficientDynamics measures to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. In addition to the features highlighted on the 640i Convertible, both models have technology such as Brake Energy Regeneration, Electric Power Steering (EPS), the need-based operation of ancillary components and intelligent lightweight construction to ensure maximum efficiency as standard.

An eight-speed Sport automatic gearbox is standard fitment on both models, and its wide range of ratios offer a perfect balance of muscular, sprinting performance, refined high speed cruising and low speed efficiency.

BMW 6 series

BMW

www.MachineShift.com

Scania on how lower revs yield higher profit

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Scania on how lower revs yield higher profit

Hauliers that specify their trucks for lower revs at cruising speed can lower their fuel bills by three to ten percent in some cases. But this requires fresh thinking from both buyers and drivers, writes Hamish Bennett, product manager at Scania.

“A three percent saving will lower fuel cost by close to EUR 15,000 per vehicle each year,” writes Hamish Bennett, product manager at Scania.“A three percent saving will lower fuel cost by close to EUR 15,000 per vehicle each year,” writes Hamish Bennett, product manager at Scania.

It is possible to save fuel by choosing a faster rear axle ratio, thus lowering the number of engine revs per minute at cruising speed. If the propshaft needs to rotate fewer times to cover a given stretch of road, energy losses in the powertrain will be correspondingly less. And so will fuel consumption.

Aside from propelling the vehicle and its cargo, a truck engine must also overcome resistance in the powertrain, such as friction and other losses. It also has to drive all auxiliary systems, for example the alternator and water pump. At cruising speed on flat ground, this is about 15 percent of total losses, also including air and rolling resistance.

Today an overall gear ratio of 3.08 is common, which means that the propshaft must rotate 3.08 times in order for the rear wheels to rotate once. If we choose a ratio of 2.59, this lowers the number of engine revs at a given speed. In top gear at a cruising speed of 89 kilometres per hour, it means approximately 200 fewer revs per minute.

This reduces fuel consumption by three percent or more − in some applications by up to ten percent. In long-haulage, an annual mileage of 150,000 km is not uncommon. Assuming an average fuel consumption of slightly above 30 litres per 100 km and a typical diesel price of more than EUR 1 per litre, a three percent saving will lower fuel cost by close to EUR 15,000 per vehicle each year. That level is not possible in all transport applications, but for a haulier with many trucks, this adds up to major savings.

New Scania Opticruise enables economy gearing for cruising down to 1,020 r/min.New Scania Opticruise enables economy gearing for cruising down to 1,020 r/min.

So what needs to be done to implement such a change in practice? Above all, two things: Choosing a different rear axle ratio, and persuading drivers to accept a slightly different driving experience. In some markets this is already standard on long-haul trucks, for example in Great Britain, Poland and Spain. Elsewhere this trend has only just begun. It is naturally impossible to lump together all transport applications and to uncritically choose a specification that lowers engine revs in an entire fleet of vehicles. When the engine frequently needs to operate at maximum output due to hilly terrain, or when a vehicle often carries the maximum permitted payload, there may be reason not to choose a faster rear axle ratio. The fuel savings are less, and perhaps the vehicle owner wants to prioritise gradeability in top gear or other characteristics. When we choose a ratio of 2.59 instead of 3.08, many people believe this makes a truck feel less powerful. But the gearbox takes care of this difference in rear axle ratio, and with automated gearchanging, the driver can relax. This means that using a 2.59 rear axle ratio, a vehicle may even have more power at the wheels since it is operating in a lower gear.

A vehicle that normally maintains a cruising speed of 89 km/h on a typical European highway is using only a fraction of its maximum engine output. An engine with the most common output of 440 hp often uses thirty percent of maximum output on flat routes. Here operators can save fuel by maintaining lower engine revs, and this applies to between eighty and ninety percent of road transport in Europe.

For a driver, using lower engine revs means a quieter cab. It also means that the driving experience may be different, since taking maximum advantage of a new rear axle ratio requires that the vehicle be equipped with the Scania Opticruise automated gearchanging system. The vehicle also moves a bit faster when manoeuvring at terminals, but drivers soon become accustomed to this.

Hill climbing ability in top gear at cruising speed is admittedly somewhat lower. One noticeable difference is that the Scania Opticruise downshifts sooner up-hill. But this in itself is no disadvantage as an early downshift can result in higher speed in the hills. It is transport time that counts, and this does not increase with the new specification.
Powertrain specifications are increasingly important, and in many cases hauliers can no longer specify vehicles in the conventional way. It is necessary to optimise the powertrain for each user’s transport task, thereby minimising the environmental impact and the fuel bill.

Some hauliers also save a lot of money by applying a policy of 85 or even 80 km/h cruising speeds. Major savings are possible due to both lower engine revs and less air resistance at slower speeds.

Significant savings

Engine revs at cruising speed (per minute) - Engine revs per hour

  • 1,300 - 78,000
  • 1,100 - 66,000

Difference 12,000 revs for the same stretch of road

Fuel savings 3–10 percent (depending on application)

www.MachineShift.com

The new BMW 1 Series Coupé and Convertible

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

The new BMW 1 Series Coupé and Convertible

  • Increased efficiency through race-bred aerodynamic Aero Curtain technology
  • Lowered CO2 levels across the range
  • Generous standard specification
  • Over €1800 added value for Sport models
  • On sale 26 March, 2011

Not to be upstaged by the launch of the stunning new BMW 1 Series M Coupé, the BMW 1 Series Coupé and Convertible ranges have received a number significant modifications and upgrades that make them even more desirable and efficient.

Both models differentiate themselves from previous incarnations by way of a new front bumper with redesigned fog lights and redesigned Halogen headlights with an ‘eyebrow’ element. When Xenon headlights are specified this ‘eyebrow’ element features an LED illuminated light bar. At the rear and the headlights have also been changed with a more detailed appearance.

However, the greatest change to ES, SE and Sport models is that they now come fitted with an Aero Curtain – a feature that channels the airflow around the front of the car to reduce aerodynamic drag, thereby increasing efficiency. Wheel arches are one of the main areas of aerodynamic drag and the Aero Curtain is BMW’s innovative solution to reduce this inefficiency. Derived from race technology, air is routed into two ducts in the front apron which then flows out of a narrow opening at high speed in the wheelarch. This jet of air effectively covers the side of the front wheels like a curtain and thus reduces turbulence.

As a result, CO2 emissions have been lowered throughout the range, with the 118d now rated at only 118g/km, while all 2.0-litre petrol versions have CO2 emissions of 154g/km or below.

As with all BMWs, the 1 Series Coupé and Convertible also come with a raft of other EfficientDynamics measures: Auto Start-Stop is fitted to all petrol and diesel models (excluding versions with automatic transmission), while Diesel Particulate Filters, Brake Energy Regeneration, Electric Power Steering (excluding 135i), Intelligent Alternator Control and Optimum Shift Indicator for manual models are all standard throughout the range.

All BMW 1 Series Coupé and Convertible ES models come as standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, Dynamic Stability Control, Halogen headlights, MP3 playback capability and rear seat easy access system. Sport models have as standard 17-inch star-spoke alloy wheels, Sport multi-function leather steering wheel and front Sport seats – over €1800 worth of equipment that is currently offered for no additional cost over an ES model. SE models get rear Park Distance Control (PDC), front fog lights and automatic air conditioning with two-zone control.

All M Sport models, in addition to SE models, come with 17-inch light double-spoke style alloy wheels, door sill finishers with M designation, chrome front exterior trim, high-gloss Shadowline window surrounds, M aerodynamic bodystyling, M Sport suspension, Run-flat tyres, Sport seats and M Sport multi-function leather steering wheel.

BMW 135i M Sport versions add twin black-chrome exhaust tailpipes, a unique M aerodynamic package, M Sport suspension with 135i-specific calibration, hydraulic power-assisted steering, rear spoiler and up-rated high-performance braking system.

The new BMW 1 Series Coupé and Convertible go on sale March 2011, with prices starting from €30,050 for the BMW 118d ES Coupé and €35,240 for the 118i ES Convertible.

BMW 1 Series Coupe & Convertable

www.MachineShift.com

VOLVO TRUCKS LAUNCHES iPAD MAGAZINE

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

VOLVO TRUCKS LAUNCHES iPAD MAGAZINE

Volvo Trucks is beginning the new year by launching a new magazine that has been specially configured for iPad and written in English to target a global reading public.

‘Volvo Trucks Magazine’ will feature stories about life on the road, articles about technology and product development and analyses of important issues facing the industry. Topics may include anything from how to minimise fuel consumption to how to increase safety belt use. In the first issue, for example, we meet two record-holders: the world’s fastest driver and record-holder for the Standing Kilometre and Asia’s best driver in the eco-driving challenge.

“We are always on the look-out for new ways of reaching our target groups,” says Tommy Kohle, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications at Volvo Trucks. “We see this as a useful and effective way of spotlighting issues that concern our company, the breadth and depth of our technical expertise and, not least, the exciting assignments carried out by many of our customers.”

Volvo Trucks has a long tradition of communicating with customers and other players through editorial articles, both in print and online. Now the company is taking yet another step forward by focusing on tablet computers, starting with the iPad.

“As a knowledge company, it’s natural for us to lead the way and explore new communication channels. We want to capitalise on the opportunities offered by the iPad format, so we have included plenty of films and interactive material,” explains Kohle.

‘Volvo Trucks Magazine’ can be downloaded – free of charge – from the AppStore.

iPad magazine

www.MachineShift.com

Back on track with a Scania engine

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Back on track with a Scania engine

A Scania-powered train in the Entre Ríos province in northeastern Argentina is a social and economic boost to an area that has spent almost two decades without rail transport.

“The difference between this and a traditional locomotive is simply unbelievable,” says engineer Domingo Ava.“The difference between this and a traditional locomotive is simply unbelievable,” says engineer Domingo Ava.

During the 1990s, almost all of Argentina’s passenger transport rail lines were closed, causing numerous small villages to suffer crushing economic decline and high unemployment. As a result, the social fabric came apart, generating waves of migration towards larger cities.

The province of Entre Ríos was no exception to this trend. For years and years, inhabitants of the towns dotting the edges of the railroad that ran between Paraná and Concepción del Uruguay called for the service to be reinstated. In 2007, with some serious and coordinated effort, a group of residents repaired a locomotive engine and a few abandoned carriages. Their project had the makings of an inspirational film: locals and ex-railway employees travelled together on an abandoned train repaired by their own hands, riding past platforms packed full of cheering and waving villagers.

Today it seems that this popular demand for rail service will finally be fulfilled; the line connecting Paraná with Concepción del Uruguay will soon be up and running again. Bit by bit, things are going back to how they were, and Scania is one of the engines behind this change.

For power, the train uses a Scania 12-litre engine with 400 hp at 1,800 r/min, which allows it to reach speeds of up to 120 km/h.For power, the train uses a Scania 12-litre engine with 400 hp at 1,800 r/min, which allows it to reach speeds of up to 120 km/h.

The two cities lie almost 300 kilometres and 24 stops apart, according to the provincial government. The train which will serve the line comprises two coupled vehicles, one with an engine and the other without. Both of them have a driver’s cabin at the far end so that the train can go in either direction without having to be turned around at the end of the line. The engine car makes use of the latest technology, and it was built from start to finish in the workshops of Material ­Ferroviario SA (Materfer).

“The main aim was to develop a motor coach that is modern in every respect: the technology, the internal architecture, the aerodynamics and the design,” says engineer Roberto Fieg, manager of the company’s rail business unit.

For power, the train uses a Scania 12-litre engine with 400 hp at 1,800 r/min, which allows it to reach speeds of up to 120 km/h. However, the train’s top speed was limited to 80 km/h on account of the rails’ state of disrepair.
“In Scania we have a fantastic commercial and technical partner in every aspect. First, the engines that we received from them met all our requirements without any hitches. Second, their service support is superb. They are there to walk you through using the engine and tuning it up, as well as any tests you need to carry out. The way I see it, the service is wonderful, and the product is great,” says Fieg.

Tech file

  • Motor: Scania 12-litre six, 400 hp at 1,800 r/min
  • Weight of the motor coach: 40,350 kg
  • Weight of the carriage: 35,450 kg
  • Overall length: 45.46 m
  • Top speed: 120 km/h
  • Fuel capacity: 700 litres
  • Bogies: low-maintenance (owing to a lack of surface contact), designed for passenger services
  • Transmission: Allison ORS 4500 hydrodynamic