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Scania Touring mounts a successful charge

It’s big and green and designed to be seen, that’s the newest addition to the Mount Gravatt Bus Service fleet, one of Scania’s new Touring coaches.

It’s big and green and designed to be seen, that’s the newest addition to the Mount Gravatt Bus Service fleet, one of Scania’s new Touring coaches.

Resplendent in a high-quality green and black all-over livery, boasting the fleet name ‘Turia’, the new vehicle has already clocked up 17,000 km having been on the road only around six months before the COVID-19 inspired lockdowns curtailed its school and charter work.

Nonetheless, Rob Brooker, General Manager at Mount Gravatt Bus Service is more than happy with the way the new kid has fitted into the largely Scania-powered fleet and with the many positive comments from the passengers that it’s such a comfortable and nice-looking bus.

“We have a mixture of low-floors and coaches, many of the latter fleet have been idled as charter work dried up in late March,” he said, speaking in early May before any restrictions were lifted.

“We’re fortunate to have some ongoing work to help us through this difficult time,” he said.

“However, when we did have the new Scania Touring running, it was doing a great job. The drivers enjoyed being behind the wheel and the school kids we have been transporting have remarked that it’s a nice-looking bus.

“With the extra luggage space over the Scania A30s we have been operating for some time, we have a bit of an advantage when taking school bands out on charter trips, as they tend to have some quite large luggage,” Rob said.

“The Scania Touring has been good on fuel too, with anything between 27 and 40-litres per 100 km, averaging 32.9-litres/100km. Obviously, if you’re fully loaded with up to 80 school-kids in the 3 for 2 seats and heading up Mount Tambourine, it’s going to be using more fuel compared with cruising along the freeway with 57 onboard, but it has been good so far,” he said of the 360 hp Scania engine powering the Touring.

“With the 3 for 2 seats it is a very versatile bus and a good earner for our business,” Rob Brooker said.

According to the data logged by the onboard Scania Driver Support system, the drivers have cracked the code of efficient driving, with a 95% efficiency score recorded recently. That means the bus is running at close to perfect efficiency, giving excellent total operating economy to Mount Gravatt Bus Service.

“We have been very happy with the Scania engine and chassis combination we have on the majority of our fleet. The relationship works very well for us and we’re happy to have a bumper-to-bumper Scania in the Touring,” Rob said.

“We have had several A30s in the fleet for a while and although we don’t clock up huge km each year we have had very good reliability. We’ll aim to keep buses in operation for the full 25-year working life, and based on our experience to date, the A30 and the Touring appear to have good quality bodies that should go the distance.

“Both with the A30 and the Touring, the package of Scania running gear and the mass-produced body quality make for a compelling cost-effective purchase compared with some other options in the market,” he said.

“As for the naming of the bus, it is our company tradition for Del Cole, our Managing Director to name each of our vehicles, selecting inspirational Australians whether famous or not. Turia Pitt was caught in a grassfire while competing in a 100 km ultramarathon in 2011, suffering full thickness burns to 65 per cent of her body,” Rob said.

“Surviving has been the least of her achievements. One of Australia’s most admired and widely recognised people, Turia has gone on to become a bestselling author, a two-time Ironwoman and a humanitarian - raising well over a million dollars for not-for-profit Interplast.”

“As a new addition to the Mount Gravatt fleet, the new “Turia” is a very handsome unit and we are confident it will perform strongly for our customer,” said Brian Thompson, Account Manager – QLD, NT and northern NSW for Scania Australia’s National Bus & Coach Division.

“Mount Gravatt Bus Service has been a long-time loyal and satisfied customer of Scania, and we were sure that the Touring coach would be a suitable and efficient successor to the A30s they have run over the past decade. The quality and consistency of the Touring’s build and the low emission, low revving, high torque engine in 360 hp guise gives the operator plenty of torque for mastering the hilly regions of southern Brisbane, and the driving experience is very relaxing and comfortable for his staff,” Brian said.

“The Touring has been an early success all across Australia and more and more operators are switching on to the advantages of the bumper-to-bumper Scania concept.”

For more information on the Scania Touring visit www.scania.com.au or contact your local Scania branch.