Scania Touring has swept the board in the leading Italy-based European newsletter ‘BusToCoach’s’ comparative test of eleven 2-axle coaches from six bus builders. With 18.2 litres/100 km, Scania Touring’s fuel consumption was an impressive 12-percent lower than the runner-up and all of 31 percent better than the coach that performed poorest.
BusToCoach lined up coaches from Irizar, Iveco, Mercedes, Setra and Temsa for a fuel duel that included 347 kilometres of varied road conditions in Lombardy, Piacenza and Liguria. The results for the Scania Touring HD 12.1-metre coach surprised even seasoned bus experts. “The results have exceeded all expectations in terms of consumption, plus a remarkably interesting purchase price,” the publication writes. “The consumption turned out to be better than any optimistic prediction.”
The newsletter asks itself how this outstanding result was at all possible. It admits that the test was carried out in a relatively moderate average speed of 77.4 km/h and that the air conditioning was only in operation half of the time. Notwithstanding, BusToCoach found that the low fuel consumption could primarily be attributed to Scania’s 13-litre SCR-only engine, the automated Scania Opticruise and Scania Active Prediction.
In addition to the fuel consumption, the newsletter praised Scania Touring for its “very good interior quietness for both passengers and the driver, and the well-finished trim.”