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Breakthrough in France for Scania's new city bus

Scania has received an order for 10 city buses from the public transport company Cotra of Angers, France.

“For Scania, this order represents a significant break into the French city-bus market," states Rolf Teljeby, Head of Scania bus and coach marketing.

The buses belong to Scania's new generation of city buses - the OmniCity - that have integral aluminium bodywork and full low floors. Great attention has been paid to the environment in the selection of manufacturing materials. Approximately 90 percent of the weight of the new city buses is made up of recyclable materials.

Scania has been manufacturing trucks in Angers since 1992. Production will now be expanded to include the assembly of the new bus - the OmniCity.

“Having its vehicle-assembly operations close to the market is important to Scania," says Rolf Teljeby.

Besides France, the new city buses are also produced in Sweden and Denmark, and Scania is now in the process of boosting its production capacity for fully built-up buses.

Scania is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. With 22,200 employees and production facilities in Europe and Latin America, Scania is one of the most profitable companies in its sector. In 1996, turnover totalled SEK 33,700 million and profits after depreciation SEK 2,700 million. 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, France and Poland.

For further information, please contact Mr. Gunnar Boman, Head of Communications, Scania Buses & Coaches, telephone +46 (0)150-58 599.