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23 May 2008 10:15 CET

Breakthrough for Scania coaches in Sardinia

Scania’s sales and service company in Italy − together with Spanish bus bodybuilder Irizar − has made a powerful breakthrough in Sardinia and sold 210 intercity coaches to Azienda Regionale Sarda Trasporti (ARST), the island’s leading bus operator.

“Behind this success is a customer-adapted product concept, including the new Scania Irizar i4 intercity coach and a complete service package,” says Bengt Rasmusen, General Manager of Scania Bus Italy.

ARST is Sardinia’s leading bus operator in the intercity segment, transporting more than 12 million passengers yearly. The 210 new Scania coaches are part of the company’s renewal of its nearly 500-vehicle fleet to achieve better environmental performance.

All coaches will be delivered to ARST this year. Among major reasons for choosing the Scania Irizar i4 were its good operating economy and environmental performance, using Scania’s new 9-litre, 280 hp EEV engine featuring Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) technology.

EEV is a stricter emission standard introduced by the European Union to promote the use of the best possible environmental technology in sensitive settings. EGR reduces emissions during actual combustion, eliminating the need for aftertreatment equipment and tanks to carry additives on board the vehicle.

The styling of the Scania Irizar i4 is eye-catching, without compromising usability. It is Scania’s latest offering in the intercity and chartered coach market. The body, built around a robust steel structure, meets the stricter R66-01 standard for rollover strength that is expected to go into effect within the next few years.

For further information, please contact Gunnar Boman, Corporate Relations,
tel. +46 70 550 86 06.

Scania is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. A growing proportion of the company’s operations consists of products and services in the financial and service sectors, assuring Scania customers of cost-effective transport solutions and maximum uptime. Employing 35,000 people, Scania operates in about 100 countries. Research and development activities are concentrated in Sweden, while production takes place in Europe and South America, with facilities for global interchange of both components and complete vehicles. Bus chassis production takes place in Sweden, Brazil and Mexico. Bodybuilding takes place in Poland and Russia. In 2007, invoiced sales totalled SEK 84.5 billion and the net income amounted to SEK 8.5 billion. Scania press releases are available on the Internet, www.scania.com