BRAZIL RECEIVES ITS FIRST SCANIA BI-ARTICULATED BUSES


SCANIA IS DELIVERING its first bi-articulated buses in Brazil to the city of Curitiba, which pioneered Bus Rapid Transit Systems in the 1970s and became a model for modern urban public transport systems throughout the world, the company has announced.

BRAZIL RECEIVES ITS FIRST SCANIA BI-ARTICULATED BUSES
The 27-metre long Scania buses are being customised to meet the city public transport authority’s requirements.

Curitiba has recently initiated a programme to renew its BRT bus fleet, and the 27-metre long Scania buses are being customised to meet the city public transport authority’s requirements. They will be delivered to Viação Cidade Sorriso, a local operator that is now starting to renew its fleet of 246 buses, Scania explains.

The Curitiba bus system encompasses 80 kilometres of busways. Some 80 per cent of travellers use the system, carrying more than half a million passengers per day.

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"The trials that we carried out with Scania’s bi-articulated bus gave excellent results," said Mauricio Gulin, president of Viação Cidade Sorriso.

"We also believe that competition between bi-articulated bus manufacturers helps foster our aim of offering bus passengers the best product at the lowest cost."

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THE SPECS

The Scania F 360 HA, with a Caio body, is equipped with a 360hp engine and develops 1,850Nm at low engine speeds to save fuel, Scania states. The vehicle has an 8×2 configuration with a load capacity of 43.5 tonnes, the heaviest on the market. The front engine gives better accessibility between the three bus sections for a total passenger capacity of 160.

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