Scania posts record end-of-year bus sales result

By: Jason Whittaker

In a new record year for the company, Scania Australia will deliver 400 bus and coach chassis to the Australian

In a new record year for the company, Scania Australia will deliver 400 bus and coach chassis to the Australian market.

The result passes the previous all-time best result of 338 units delivered in 2007.

During 2009, Scania secured new contracts including to supply 160 new buses to South Australia’s Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure for delivery over the next four years.

In addition, substantial contracts were signed with Sydney’s CDC and Action Buses in Canberra.

In 2009 Scania also introduced its first all low-floor articulated chassis in the form of the new N-series, which was purchased by the Sydney Metro Bus project.

The first N-series buses in Victoria also entered service with Grenda Transit Management.

As the year draws to a close Scania has announce it has secured initial orders for the new 13-litre six-cylinder XPI high pressure injection engine, which will be fitted to a K 480 6x2*4 coach chassis for delivery mid-way through 2010.

The engine is Euro 5 compliant and uses Scania’s Exhaust Gas Recirculation technology.

The chassis features Scania’s steerable tag axle.

Through 2009, more than 30 percent of the Scania bus and coach chassis supplied into Australia have been Euro 5 Plus EEV (Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicle) compliant, underlining the industry’s move towards acquiring the lowest emitting mechanical packages available.

Scania already has a significant order book for 2010 deliveries and will continue to expand into new market segments.

Scania will introduce a new, complete bus package, called the Scania A30, which will be imported fully built up from a Scania production line based in China.

The Scania A30 aims to increase the company’s footprint in the school/charter bus market, which accounts for almost 40 percent of all bus and coach sales nationwide.

The Scania A30 provides for between 49 and 61 seated passengers depending on configuration and will have as a key benefit a far quicker order-to-delivery time than the previous method of importing a chassis and sending it to a local coach-builder.

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