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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:14 pm 
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I figured this is as good a place to post this as any.

In Europe, you almost never see trucks with bonnets up front. In USA, you almost never see trucks with flat fronts. I assume this is partly regulation (truck length limits in EU maybe??), but what is the major cause for this difference? And why has no American brands adopted the European style so that the trucks can be sold on both sides of the little lake we call the Atlantic Ocean? I've never seen a Peterbilt or a Kenworth in Europe. The only brand on both sides is Volvo, and even they make specific trucks for Europe and USA.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:01 am 
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In Europe, you almost never see trucks with bonnets up front. In USA, you almost never see trucks with flat fronts. I assume this is partly regulation (truck length limits in EU maybe??), but what is the major cause for this difference? And why has no American brands adopted the European style so that the trucks can be sold on both sides of the little lake we call the Atlantic Ocean? I've never seen a Peterbilt or a Kenworth in Europe. The only brand on both sides is Volvo, and even they make specific trucks for Europe and USA.

I guess it has something to do with axle loading. In the US the maximum axle loading is 7.7 tonnes, while in Europe it's up to 12 tonnes. So you end up with more axles, more spread wheels, longer vehicle length. You can sort of see the same with the heavy trailers.

On the other hand, due to the twistyness of european roads, short trucks are needed very badly.

There's some possibility that the Chicken War might also have something to do with so...

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:38 pm 
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There are many reasons why the vehicle design differs, the main one being that the rules for maximum lenght is different, I believe only the cargo area is counted over there but here we also count in the cab which means the bigger cab you have, the smaller the cargo space has to be - which is no way to make money. However a conventional (long nosed) truck is more aerodynamic and many americans also feels it gives them added security of having something between them and the object they might crash into. Surely there are many more other reasons as well, but there are americans trucks in europe - allthough they're very rare and privately imported. :)

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:13 pm 
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However a conventional (long nosed) truck is more aerodynamic and many americans also feels it gives them added security of having something between them and the object they might crash into. Surely there are many more other reasons as well, but there are americans trucks in europe - allthough they're very rare and privately imported. :)

I guess you don't need aerodynamics when the engine still do 2 mpg ! Also, I wonder how safe is it to be perched behind an engine block rather than above it, with the engine block needing to "crumple" for modern design (the VNL does so)...

In any case, there are COEs in the US. Some accounts give that Scania 4 COE were quite numerous, and there are some COE made by american manufacturers (like Freightliner). In reverse there was the Scania T in Europe.

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I've been driving again! My computer is a potato, but this game runs fairly OK despite this. Let's showcase some photos. This is ETS2 with all map DLCs (East Europe, Scandinavia, France, Italy) and the newest version of ProMods (which our dear Purno has contributed to!).

A weak DAF is not suitable for handling dual trailers, but we do what we can. Picture taken outside Linköping.
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A more powerful vehicle, the new Mercedes-Benz New Actros (with a delicious Swedish paint job) is not a small truck. Welsh roundabouts however, are indeed small. Fishguard (Abergwaun) presented a challenge but we made it through unscathed.
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Norway. What a beautiful country it is. This photo, featuring my newest Scania S with lots of lights and stuff, is taken at a resting place by the Gangåsvatnet west of Orkanger.
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The same Scania later found itself way further south, more specifically in Piatra Neamț, Romania. These rural run-down roads was a welcome challenge compared to the polished (albeit narrow) roads of Scandinavia.
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It's funny how endlessly driving about can take you to such varying places. The southernmost portion of the map is the island of Sicily. In this photo, I've just picked up a digger from a mining site south of Palermo.
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Some nice looking shots here, though a very Swedish truck in the Fishguard pic, surely it should be a Scania?! :P

This does remind me that I need to get Promods again however!

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Yes well, upon redownloading ETS2 there were new Scania and Mercedes trucks. The "new" Volvo had already been trialled.

My Scania features some Norse writing and a large image of Odin, so that's rather Swedish. Not to mention Scania is, well, Swedish too.

I'm a big fan of the new Scania, it's powerful and nice to drive. And the interior is decent to look at!

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