New Scania Touring brings bumper-to-bumper peace-of-mind
Scania chassis, powertrain and Scania designed all-steel body, plus access to the latest generation active safety systems, a 57-seat capacity and 9 m3 of luggage space, give the new Touring the edge in the school and charter/long-distance market.
The new Scania Touring 57-seater bus is a Scania from bumper-to-bumper.
It has been engineered to meet the needs of Scania’s Australian customers for a ready-built vehicle with a single point-of-contact for all aspects of servicing and maintenance over the lifecycle.
The Scania Touring is a very safe bus. It has an all-steel 12.3 metre body and it exceeds all the requirements of the European rollover test.
Scania Touring comes standard with ABS, EBS and electronic stability control.
It may be also be equipped optionally with a raft of the latest active safety features, such as advanced emergency braking, adaptive cruise control (Opticruise only) and lane departure warning.
The Scania Touring comes to Australia in two-axle configuration. The standard powertrain is Scania’s renowned Euro 6, 9-litre 5-cylinder engine, driving through the Scania Opticruise automated gear change transmission, complete with Scania Retarder, or via a ZF 6-speed push button hydraulic transmission.
Options for Euro 5 and Euro 6, 13-litre 6-cylinder engines that drive through the Scania Opticruise automated gear change transmission will be available to customer specific orders.
The coach is assembled in a dedicated Scania facility in China, giving Scania full control of manufacturing and quality.
The Touring shares many of the advantages of the Scania-Higer A 30, sold in Australia over the past decade; exceptional build quality, rugged construction capable of taking on Australia conditions, and the many advantages of the Scania chassis and powertrain.
But the new Touring is bigger and better.
It delivers far greater luggage space, a full 9 cubic metres, thanks to deep bins under the floor, accessed by pantograph doors each side that make it a true touring vehicle, in addition to its daily role as a school and charter bus.
The Touring has been offered in global markets for some time, and has been especially successful in Europe, Africa and Asia as well as the UK. It is robust, reliable and has very predictable running costs.
As a result of the change in the permissible GVM for two-axle coaches in Australia, Scania has been able to construct a business case for offering the Touring as an 18-tonne GVM 57-seater at a compliant width of 2.5 m and a height of 3.8 m.
Scania Touring is built at a bespoke and dedicated production facility at Suzhou, near Shanghai, China, close by the Scania-Higher A30 assembly hall. Scania has been working with Higer since 2004, and the partnership provides Scania with a route to satisfy the needs of new, emerging and existing markets around the world.
Build quality, fit and finish, as well as reliability and durability in severe endurance tests exceeded Scania’s expectations and benchmarks during the development phase and experience in service has been just as positive.
The Scania rolling chassis arrives in China from Sweden and is fitted with the body, built under the watchful eye of Scania Quality Controllers.
As with the Scania-Higer A30, the Scania Touring can be fitted with 49, 53 or 57 seats (plus driver) on arrival in Australia, to the operator’s specification.
Scania aims to keep stock on the ground to enable very fast order-to-delivery times, as has been the case with the successful Scania-Higer A30 programme.
Key benefits for operators are the single point of contact for sales, service and replacement parts, routine maintenance and repairs, all available via Scania’s nationwide network of wholly-owned branches and 46 service independent authorised service dealers.
The Scania Touring is offered with a 5-year structure and paint warranty, 12 months’ factory warranty on the chassis and a two-year factory warranty on the driveline. Every vehicle is also supplied with a Scania driver training session and 4-years of complimentary vehicle monitoring.
“The Scania Touring has been proven in service around the world as a very durable and satisfying product, and our customers enjoy bumper-to-bumper Scania quality and reliability,” said Julian Gurney, National Sales Director, Bus and Coach Scania Australia.
“The Scania Touring is highly cost-effective to run, and supplies will be readily available. It can be also optioned with the latest safety features and can be tailored to meet operators’ specific requirements.
“Consistent with our strategy of driving the shift towards a sustainable transport future, we are offering a 360 hp 5-cylinder engine version in Euro 6 compliance mated to a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission, or 8 speed Opticruise automated gearbox.
“Customers requiring greater torque from a larger capacity engine can option the
360 hp, Euro 5, 13-litre, 6-cylinder engine mated to an 8-speed Scania Opticruise automated gearbox, or for the pinnacle of power, there is a 410 hp, Euro 6, 13-litre 6-cylinder engine with 2150 Nm of torque, mated to the 8-speed Scania Opticruise,” Julian said.
“We have taken driver comfort very seriously so there is a separate factory-fitted air conditioning system for the driver’s station, as well as one for the saloon, while the fully adjustable driving position, low dashboard and ergonomically laid out controls help to reduce fatigue on long runs.
“We anticipate the first stock will be arriving within weeks so operators who order immediately could see their new Touring delivered in time for the Christmas touring season, depending on the specification they order,” Julian said.
“And by taking advantage of our long-standing Scania Driver Training and our Scania Communicator vehicle and driver monitoring systems, we can ensure operators benefit from the best possible efficiency and performance from their investment in the Scania Touring.”
The Scania Touring goes on sale on 6th October with deliveries available before the end of 2018.