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Scania expands in Southeast Asia: 100 buses for Malaysia

Naeila Corporation, one of the most successful transport operators in Southeast Asia, has ordered 100 new Scania buses for its growing intercity services. The buses - twin-axle Scania K113s - will be delivered over a period of a year beginning this April. The order is worth about SEK42 million to Scania.

The chassis will be built in Katrineholm, Sweden and bodyworked locally in Malaysia.

With a fleet which already includes 41 Scanias, as well as MAN, Dennis, Daewoo and Hino models, Naeila is currently the third largest bus company in the country. The new order will bring the number of Scanias in the Naeila fleet to 141, making it the predominant marque.

Intercity bus services - express services between the country's expanding regions and cities - is a rapidly growing business in Malaysia. Naeila is a conglomerate of ten or so local and regional operators with a combined fleet (excluding the new Scanias) of just over 300 long-distance buses.

Malaysia has been a Scania stronghold for several years and the company opened its new regional office for Southeast Asia in Kuala Lumpur a year ago.

Commenting on the deal, Åke Brännström, head of Scania's worldwide busbuilding operations, remarked:

"We are delighted that Naeila Corporation - one of the leading transport operators in Malaysia - is to augment its fleet with more Scanias. The order provides further proof of Scania's positive growth in the country."

For further information, please contact Gunnar Boman, Head of Public Relations at Scania Buses & Coaches, tel. +46-150-58599.

Scania is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. With 22,000 employees and production facilities in Europe and Latin America, Scania is one of the most profitable companies in its sector. Scania products are marketed in about 100 countries worldwide and approximately 95% of total production is sold outside Sweden. Bus manufacture takes place in Sweden, Brazil, Denmark and Poland.