Lucky 13: Scania Announces 13 Liter Clean-burning Monster (video)

In an ideal universe, I would be writing a post about Scania’s new, “Euro6” family of 13.0 liter turbodiesel engines on Friday the 13th, but it looks like Wednesday the 13th is as good as it’s gonna get for this one.  That’s not a bad thing, though – the new 440 and 480 hp Scanias employ a host of new innovations (including exhaust gas recirculation, variable-vane turbo geometries, common-rail fuel injection, selective catalytic reduction, and emissions particulate filtering) in order to meet the new, more stringent European emissions regulations without giving up power or fuel efficiency compared to their (non-compliant) ancestors.

Scania’s PR department put together this great CGI video to show off some of the tech involved, which is conceptually similar to the Mercedes BlueEFFICIENCY diesel engines found in cars like the new S350 flagship sedan.  I’ve included it here.

Euro6, by the way, is more than just the name of the engine: Euro6 is the name of the emissions standards Scania developed the engines to meet.  In terms of emissions standards, Euro6 is similar to emissions standards in Japan and the US, and is viewed as a move towards a single, unified emissions standard for all 3 markets.  Scania’s clean-burning, Euro6 compliant diesels have taken over than five years to develop at a cost of over about 1.6 billion USD.

You can read Scania’s full press release, below.

Scania unveils engines to meet future environmental standards

Scania is now prepared to start delivering trucks with engines that comply with the European emission standards (Euro 6) which are being introduced in 31 December 2013. The engines combine a host of innovative technical solutions to cut emissions radically. Emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulates are cut by around 80 percent compared with the standards currently in force (Euro 5).

Scania’s Euro 6 engines make it possible for keen operators to take the next step and invest in the greenest technology available in the market. They will be able to benefit from lower motorway charges and other incentives that may be introduced by authorities. Vehicles with the latest emission standard also command a higher value in the second-hand market.

“We are proud to be able to make this remarkable feat of engineering available to our customers even now. The new engines are designed to give the same performance and fuel efficiency as their Euro 5 counterparts,” says Martin Lundstedt, Executive Vice President in charge of Scania’s sales and marketing.

In the development of the Euro 6 engines, all done in-house, Scania has combined all the new technologies developed by the company in recent years: exhaust gas recirculation, variable turbo geometry, common-rail high-pressure fuel injection, selective catalytic reduction and particulate filtering.

“Add to that our own engine and exhaust management technology, which has now been integrated into one system”, says Jonas Hofstedt, Senior Vice President Powertrain Development.

The development of the new engine generation and the technology to meet future emission legislation has taken five years and involves costs for Scania of approximately SEK 10 billion.

Euro 6 emission standards will enter into force in the European Union and certain neighbouring countries on 31 December 2012 for new vehicle models and one year later for all new vehicles sold.

Euro 6 is the first step towards the implementation of world harmonised emission standards, encompassing Europe, North America and Japan and this will facilitate coordination and development for future standards.


Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.