Scania to Deliver 360 New City Buses to RapidKL and RapidKuantan
Prasarana’s order set to boost Malaysia’s public service transportation system
MALAYSIA – 27 May, 2013 - Scania (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, a leading manufacturer of heavy trucks, buses and coaches, marine, industrial and power generation engines, announced that it has just secured a 360-city bus order from Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana).
The agreement was signed between Dato’ Shahril Mokhtar – Group Managing Director of Prasarana and James Armstrong – Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia and Scania (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. The signing ceremony was presided by the Chairman of Prasarana Group – Tan Sri Ismail Adam and witnessed by Amiruddin Ma’aris – CEO of PRIME, Zohari Sulaiman – CEO of Rapid Bus, Idros Puteh – General Manager of Scania Malaysia and distinguished guests from Prasarana, Masdef and Scania Malaysia.
“Scania buses and coaches are renowned for its fuel economy, reliability, safety and comfort. Each component is engineered to heighten the performance of the vehicle. With our new engine platform, Scania buses are now capable of higher torques at lower revs and even lower fuel consumption. Each model can also be customised in terms of passenger capacity, seating plans, comfort levels and other key criteria as required,” said James Armstrong.
Operators today face tough challenges to provide quality service coupled with low running cost. Scania’s K 250 UB 4x2 is configured with low floor chassis with safety features such as handicap excess capability for all passengers. It is equipped with a ramp for full wheelchair access and two docking slot with seatbelts for safe wheelchair anchorage. The body is made of aluminium to reduce weight and fuel consumption, as well as to extend vehicle life. Each bus offers operators a total transportation solution for highly efficient operations combined with Scania’s legendary reliability and outstanding operating economy with the following features:
- Real passenger comfort and safety
- Low noise levels and full air-suspension offers unparalleled comfort levels.
- Electronic Braking System (EBS), Integrated Retarder and Traction Control (TC) are standard features. Instant appeal for operators and drivers
- A new powerful engine with higher torque at lower revs, giving you better drivability and better fuel economy.
- The best in class fully-automatic ZF Ecolife gearbox with integrated retarder that gives you smooth and optimal gear-change selection for better comfort and fuel economy.
- Fully-adjustable steering wheel to get the best driver station ergonomics and hanging pedals that enhances driver comfort, giving it a car-like feel.
Established in 1998 and operational in 2002, Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad, or Prasarana, is a fully government-owned company and through its subsidiaries, operates the Kelana Jaya LRT Line, Ampang LRT Line and KL Monorail under the RapidKL brand; the bus networks RapidKL, RapidPenang and RapidKuantan. Prasarana is also the holding entity for Rapid Bus Sdn Bhd for bus operations; Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd to manage its LRT and monorail services, Prasarana Integrated Management and Engineering Services Sdn Bhd (PRIME); and Prasarana Integrated Development Sdn Bhd, or PRIDE, which will manage its commercial and property development business.
About Rapid Bus Sdn Bhd
Established on January 1, 2013, Rapid Bus Sdn Bhd was created after the restructuring of Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad as it inherits the bus operations that were previously managed by Prasarana Group Bus Division. It currently manages and operates RapidKL, RapidPenang and RapidKuantan bus networks under the leadership of its Chief Executive Officer Encik Zohari Sulaiman.