By: Fabian Cotter

AT THE JOINT 2018 BIC/BCANZ Conference in Cairns, Queensland, 7-10 October, Scania Australia will launch its first new fully built ‘CBU’ (Completely Built-Up) coach product line since the arrival of the Scania-Higer A30 almost a decade ago.

The ‘Scania Touring for Australia’ will be assembled in a purpose-built (Higer, but no Higer tech) factory in China.

The European-designed Scania Touring 4x2 will be powered by a choice of five- or six-cylinder Scania engines and is a Scania from bumper-to-bumper. It has been a hugely successful product line since its European debut, it’s reported.

The ‘Scania Touring for Australia’ will be assembled in a purpose-built (Higer, but no Higer tech) factory in China by staff trained to Scania’s global standards, working under the watchful eye of Scania’s quality assurance team, the company states.

The 3.9m-high Touring will be ideally suited to operators that like the idea of the ready-made, rapid order-to-delivery concept, as pioneered successfully by the A30, but who need additional luggage space for school and charter operations, say Scania.

The standard offer will be a 9.0-litre, five-cylinder Euro 6, 360hp/1700Nm K 360 4x2 IB chassis with significant underfloor accommodation for luggage, plus up to 57 seats inside (53, if reclining seats are specified), to operators’ individual requirements. Dura-Bright alloy wheels are standard across the range.

As an option, operators looking for more torque can specify the 13.0-litre, six-cylinder Euro 5, 360hp Scania engine with 1800Nm, or for ultimate performance the 13.0-litre 410hp Euro 6 engine with 2150Nm.  

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This specification of Scania Touring recently competed in a European bus test and was judged to be the most fuel efficient of its 11 direct competitors, which indicates it will be yet another Scania model to deliver strong operating economy for customers, it’s claimed.

Five-cylinder engines are mated either to the eight-speed Scania Opticruise, or to the six-speed push-button ZF automatic transmission. The six-cylinder engine options will be hooked up to the Scania Opticruise automated gearbox.

In addition to comfortable accommodation for passengers, the driver’s station is particularly appealing, the company says, with a large driver’s window and the standard Scania dashboard complete with information screen. This will be able to offer driving efficiency tips typical of Scania’s fuel-saving focus aimed at maximising Total Operating Economy, it says.

Australian operators have been quick to see the appeal of the new Scania Touring range, with many of the first batch of vehicles ordered by the Scania Australia Bus and Coach division already allocated; the Dineen Group ordered four vehicles and independent operator St Mary’s took another.


"The new Scania Touring will be our flagship school and charter bus product," said Julian Gurney, national manager, Sales, for Scania Australia Bus and Coach.

"The Scania Touring will be a logical step up for operators of the Scania-Higer A30, looking for an even higher level of finish and additional luggage capacity.

"We have many customers who operate only Scania vehicles in their fleet, so this new Scania Touring will be of great interest to them. We also see the new Scania Touring as being able to conquest sales from mixed fleets and those who are yet to join the Scania family," Gurney added.

"The fact that the Touring is a Scania from bumper-to-bumper is also very appealing to operators, as we provide a one-stop-shop for all their requirements from specification and delivery to warranty and maintenance work," he said.

"Join the team from Scania Australia at the BIC conference in Cairns  to view the latest addition to our family," he concluded.

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