Scania's online tool helps build the perfect truck


Scania has launched a new online tool that helps you build the perfect truck

Scania has launched a new Online Configurator in a bid to help customers choose the perfect truck setup. In a first for the New Zealand market, the online tool lets customers specify every aspect of a truck - from the chassis up.

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Scania has designed The Configurator specifically to help fleet operators and
owner-operators choose a truck with the best return on investment for their business

Users can choose the drivetrain, cab, engine and even the cab colour, to create a perfect truck for their business and New Zealand roads. When complete, users can see the truck from every angle, inside and out, in its chosen colour, and request a quote online. 

The Configurator starts with the basics: the types of trips the user will be travelling and whether they need a tractor or a rigid chassis. From there, the choices become more specific to the user’s requirements, rather than presenting irrelevant options.

The Configurator lets users make the decision on every detail and every option, or it can give advice based on how the truck is used.

"Our goal is to deliver the best possible Total Operating Economy, or TOE, for our owners," says Deon Stephens, Scania’s New Zealand sales director.

"That means having the right specification to do the job right, but making sure it’s not over specified, either. When you get it right, you maximise return on investment, and minimise the total cost of operation over the truck’s lifetime," he says.

"The Configurator shows every option available and explains its benefits. It lets operators choose the best performance and the best return."

Scania has spent a long time testing the Configurator, to ensure customers found it easy to use.

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"One feature that we didn’t realise would be so popular is the 'Share' function. You can build your perfect truck – or your dream truck – and share a link to it. Some people send it to their family or their mates, and others send a suggestion to their boss," Deon says.

The Configurator is free to use, and publicly available, but Scania has designed it specifically to help fleet operators and owner-operators choose a truck with the best return on investment for their business.

Fleet operators can create a single standard for their entire fleet, to give themselves the economies of consistency. They can also create complementary vehicles for more flexibility and to widen their potential business applications. Keeping good drivers is important as well.

The Configurator lets fleet operators share potential options with their drivers, and even give them a budget to tweak the design to their own preferences and regions. Owner-operators can take the time to create a truck that’s perfect for their business specialty and their own preferences.

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