|Fate||Merged with Scania AB, to create AB Scania-Vabis|
The first Vabis automobile (though the name was not applied until after this) was a four-seater designed by Gustaf Erikson in Surahammar in 1897. Strongly resembling a contemporary carriage, it used a one-cylinder kerosene engine, tiller steering, and was not a success. Erikson replaced it with a tube-ignition four-stroke flat-twin in 1898, mounting it in a horse carriage, which he drove briefly. He then joined Vagnfabrik AB at Södertälje, building cars. The first truck appeared in 1902.
Many examples of Vabis, Scania and Scania-Vabis commercial and military vehicles can be seen at the Marcus Wallenberg-hallen (the Scania Museum) in Södertälje.
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