Scania's 4-series highway buses launched in Latin America
As the final step in the global changeover to the 4-series truck and bus generation, Scania is launching the new rear-engine chassis for long-distance buses in Latin America. The launch takes place at Expobus 98 in São Paulo, Brazil. This country is Scania's largest bus market and long-distance buses are the predominant product.
Scania now has a comprehensive range of city, suburban, interurban, long-distance and tourist buses available worldwide with diesel, ethanol or gas propulsion. The range also includes a front-engined model for gruelling road conditions developed in Brazil, based on components from Scania's global product system.
With the completed truck and bus changeover, Scania has reduced the total number of components in production by 40% from the previous generation.
Safety has been a priority in the development of the long-distance buses. Braking performance is outstanding, with disc brakes, assisted by ABS and the Scania Retarder, which relieves the wheel brakes from most of their work.
About 35,000 Scania long-distance buses have been sold worldwide since production began in the early 1980s.
The Scania modular system enables components to be shared within each product range, as well as between trucks and buses. For example a typical long-distance bus shares up to 85% of its chassis and powertrain components with Scania's truck range. From 45 bus chassis models in the previous range, Scania has seven bus chassis modules in the 4-series, which cover a broader range of applications than ever before. This system permits a large variety of combinations and hence more flexible and faster production and supply. It also guarantees that a fleet operator gets buses perfectly suited to his operations, without complicating maintenance and parts stocking.
For further information, please contact Hans-Åke Danielsson, tel. +46 70 346 8811.
The Scania press releases from Expobus 98 in São Paulo in English, Portuguese and Spanish are available here.
Scania is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. With 23,800 employees and production facilities in Europe and Latin America, Scania is one of the most profitable companies in its sector. In 1997, turnover totalled SEK 39,700 million and income after financial items SEK 2,800 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.