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Scania (Sweden)

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Saab image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 12 August 2017

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"Scania AB, formerly AB Scania-Vabis, is a major Swedish automotive industry manufacturer of commercial vehicles – specifically heavy trucks and buses. It also manufactures diesel engines for heavy vehicles as well as marine and general industrial applications. Scania AB (Aktiebolaget, English: Company) was formed in 1911 through the merger of Södertälje-based Vabis (Vagnsfabriks-Aktiebolaget i Södertälje, English: Carriage Company in Sodertalje) and Malmö-based Maskinfabriks-Aktiebolaget Scania, English: Machine Factory Company Scania). The company's head office has been in Södertälje since 1912. It dates its roots as back as 1891 when Vabis was established.

On 1 September 1969, Scania merged with Saab AB, and formed Saab-Scania AB. When Saab-Scania was split in 1995, the name of the truck and bus division changed simply to Scania AB. One year later, Scania AB was introduced on the stock exchange, which resulted in a minor change of name to Scania AB (publ).

Volkswagen AG gained ownership of Scania by first buying Volvo's stake in 2000, after the latter's aborted takeover attempt, increasing it to 36.4% in the first quarter 2007. It then bought out Investor AB in March 2008, raising its share to 70.94%. The deal was approved by regulatory bodies in July 2008. Scania then became the ninth marque in the Volkswagen Group. By 1 January 2015,
Volkswagen controlled 100% of the shares in Scania AB."
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The logo evolution is as follows:
- 1901-1911: Scania’s first logo consisted of a pedal crank from a bicycle with a griffin head in the middle, from Maskinfabriks-Aktiebolaget Scania, as seen here:
- 1911-1954: The red griffin head with its golden crown followed in the new logo a decade later when Scania merged with VABIS, as seen here:
- 1954-1969: A modernised logo with standardised proportions and colours was created in 1954, as seen here:
- 1969-1984: During these 15 years, Scania left the Griffin and instead used the company name spelled out in script as its logo , as seen here:
- 1984-1995: During the Saab-Scania era the pedal crank was replaced by spherical rings, as seen here:
- 1995-today: In 1995 the logo with the pedal crank and the griffin was resurrected in a modern form (including the name below), as seen here:

Its flag is the logo, which features "a Griffin, from the Coat of Arms of the province of Scania".

The flag is seen here, using the 1995-today logo over a white horizontal background:

For additional information go to Scania (official website):
Esteban Rivera, 9 August 2017