Falcon Coaches chooses Scania
Ahead of the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London in April 2019, South Mimms-based Falcon Coaches has added four Scania Interlink HDs to its fleet, representing the company's first investment in new Scania coaches.
Three of the new Interlink coaches are 12.8-metre overall length models based on Scania's K 410 EB4x2 chassis, with the fourth being a 14.1-metre tri-axle, rear-steer vehicle on a K 410 EB6x2*4 chassis.
All the coaches feature Scania's fully-automated Opticruise gear selection system for enhanced driver and passenger safety and comfort, and include Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Scania’s Advanced Emergency Braking system, which uses long-distance radar technology and a forward-facing camera to alert drivers to potential collision dangers.
The vehicles are fully equipped with a comprehensive range of high specification fitments. Features include Bosch audio and video equipment, climate control, washroom, hot drinks unit, reversing camera, 53 half-leather passenger seats with magazine nets and seat back tables, and an auxiliary heater.
In addition to the vehicles themselves, Falcon Coaches will benefit from Scania's inclusive repair and maintenance programme, which will be managed by Scania South Mimms, as well as the Scania OnBoard telematics service which is included with all retail coaches for ten years. Scania OnBoard records driver and vehicle performance and reports back directly to the customer by email on a weekly basis. As with all new coaches sold to retail customers, driver and technical training has also been offered.
Owner of Falcon Coaches, Darren Nash, comments: “The Scania coaches we have purchased drive effortlessly and seemed the obvious choice for us, being based in South Mimms. We have been monitoring their performance and fuel economy and have been pleasantly surprised with the results.”
Area Account Manager for the South East and London, Richard Lawrie, added: “It’s been a pleasure supplying Darren with his first new Scania coaches for many years. They’ve already been working hard in and around the UK. I’m sure they will continue to perform well for the coming seasons.”