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November 18, 2009 Vol. 5, No. 23

Let’s start the proceedings on the international scene. Motor noters in Europe have chosen the Scania R Series as Truck of the Year for 2010. Its previous incarnation won the same prize back in 2005. The jury, which consists of leading commercial vehicle journalists from 22 European countries, cited the aerodynamic design of the R-series, operational economy and the unique support system that spurs the driver to adopt more efficient driving habits. It’s a prestigious award.

“During this extremely challenging time for the entire automotive industry, and especially for Europe’s commercial vehicle manufacturers, Scania has delivered a ‘state-of-the-art’ truck that sets new standards in terms of fuel economy, driveability and overall efficiency,” said jury chairman Gianenrico Griffini.

To be presented to Scania next month, the award is given to the truck model that has made the strongest contribution towards making road transport more efficient during the past 12 months.

“Building on the success of the outgoing range – elected Truck of the Year in 2005 – the new R Series impressed the ITOY jury not least due to its continued evolution,” said the jury’s statement.

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Rolf Lockwood is editor emeritus of Today's Trucking and a regular contributor to

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