Scania posts record bus sales in 2009
Scania Australia will deliver 400 bus and coach chassis to the Australian market, a record year for the Company.
The result eclipses the previous all-time best result of 338 units delivered in 2007.
During 2009, Scania secured significant 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 ComfortDelgroCabcharge and ACTION Buses in Canberra.
Also during 2009, Scania 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 can 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.
This engine is Euro 5 compliant and uses Scania’s Exhaust Gas Recirculation technology. The chassis features Scania’s successful steerable tag axle, which has proven to be highly effective in extending tyre life, and boosting
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.
“The success of the Scania bus division in 2009 is a significant achievement,” says Roger McCarthy, Managing Director of Scania Australia.
"The team has worked very hard this year to secure substantial long-term contracts that will see us maintain our position as a major supplier to the bus market and provide us with a base on which to grow further.
“We are very excited at the prospect of receiving supplies of the new Scania A30 school/charter bus, which we plan to launch in the second quarter of the year.
“We are confident the new Scania A30 will be well received throughout Australia by school and charter bus operators,” Roger says.
“Already we hold several orders for the Scania A30, and expect the first example to reach us before the year’s end.”
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. In Australia, Scania is the leading supplier of bus and coach chassis to the local market.
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.