Scania may help Leyland sell in Sweden
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_EYLAND'S Roadrunner 7.5-tonner looks like breaking nto a new export market — with a little help from rival icania.
Leyland has been apHoached by a group of Scalia dealers in Sweden to get a lanchise to sell the vehicles :here.
At the moment, Scania igents have nothing below 16 7onnes to sell, and the .2oadrutiner would make an ittractive addition.
Leyland is looking hard at the proposal — which apparently has the approval of Scania — as it could boost Roadrunner's prospects.
Leyland Trucks managing director Les Wharton admitted last week that he is "a little disappointed" with Roadrunner's initial sales performance, even though it has increased. Leyland's share of the up-to-7.5-tonnes market here by 50 per cent to 12.2 per cent so far this year and is currently taking 16.5 per cent of 7.5-tonne sales. • Wharton has also confirmed that Leyland is working on a replacement for the Landmaster export truck, to be introduced next year.
Even though sales of the Landmaster have been hit severely by economic problems in Africa, Wharton says: "We must have an export truck available."
The new normal control vehicle is based on the 16tonne Freighter chassis, and looks like using a modified Roadrunner cab.