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Scania makes it to the 1998 World Football Championship

Together with subsidiary Scania France, Scania will be responsible for transporting the various national teams by bus during the World Football Championship in France next year, making Scania the "Team Bus Supplier".

"This opportunity to sharpen Scania's bus profile comes at an excellent moment in time since we recently started producing buses at our factory in Angers, France," says Dieter Merz, President of Scania France.

General Motors Europe - Opel is the official sponsor of the 1998 World Football Championship and has in turn requested Scania to supply the necessary bus services.

Scania will supply the organisation with 52 tourist coaches. All 52 will be built on Scania's new tourist coach chassis, which was unveiled this week at the international Car & Bus show in Belgium. The chassis will be equipped with bodies from Spanish bodybuilder Irizar, a company with which Scania has enjoyed close cooperation for several years.

The total French market for buses in Scania's segment is currently about 3,000 vehicles, of which roughly 1200 are city buses. At the production plant in Angers in France, where bus manufacture recently got under way, Scania has the technical capacity to build 300 city buses a year.

According to Dieter Merz, the goal for bus operations is to work towards securing

10 per cent of the French bus and coach market.

For further information, please contact Gunnar Boman, information manager of Scania Buses & Coaches, on telephone number +46-70 550 8606.

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.