Scania enters school bus market

By: Jason Whittaker


Scania has launched its first school bus – the Scania A30 – and Australia is the first market in the

Scania has launched its first school bus – the Scania A30 – and Australia is the first market in the world to receive it.

The 12.5 metre Scania A30 will seat 57 in standard form. It comes with underfloor bins and air-conditioning, using a Swedish-built Scania rolling chassis complete with all mechanical features and powertrain.

The unit is shipped to a bespoke Scania production line in China where the body is assembled from components sourced by Scania-approved suppliers.

The production line is dedicated to Scania product, assembly workers utilise Scania bus-building techniques, and permanently seconded Scania personnel oversee all aspects of production to ensure Scania standards are maintained.

At the end of the production process, Scania personnel perform a quality audit.

With a just-in-time delivery program, the vehicle is designed to arrive in Australia from its Chinese manufacturing plant ready built needing only the installation of seats before going to work.

The powertrain is the well-known Scania 5-cylinder 9-litre 270hp engine, certified to Euro 4, although other variants are available, including Euro 5 plus EEV to special order.

The 4x2 Scania A30 uses a six-speed ZF automatic gearbox with retarder and runs air suspension all round.

The first production example off the line has now arrived in Australia and has been ADR complianced. Customer deliveries will begin in the first quarter of 2010.

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