Scania Commercial Vehicles
India Pvt. Ltd., a leading premium commercial vehicles and engines
manufacturer, unveiled its flagship Citywide bus at the Auto Expo, India Expo
Mart, in Greater Noida. The Citywide bus can run on fossil fuels (diesel) as
well as renewable fuels (bio-ethanol, bio-diesel, bio-methane). This
significant step by Scania reaffirms its lead of the sustainable transport revolution
in India. At the expo, Scania also launched its premium, high performance G310
haulage tractor for the Indian market.
Scania Citywide is India’s
first biofuel-powered commercial bus and comes with a low floor and low entry
for better and greater passenger flow and comfort. The bus is compatible with
all commercially available biofuels complying with Bharat Stage (BS) 4, Euro 5,
and Euro 6. It’s well established in many countries that the use of biofuels in
public transport improves air quality, reduces CO2 emission and makes a city
cleaner and smarter. With the Citywide bus launch in India, Scania moves a step
closer towards realising a sustainable transport system in India.
The premium Scania G310 truck
is a haulage tractor and creates a new category for Scania, with the company
being the only player in this premium segment currently. The G 310 comes with
the promise of market-leading productivity, increased safety, maximised vehicle
uptime and outstanding fuel efficiency to help customers realise industry best
Total Operating Economy (TOE). The G 310 is equipped with Scania OptiCruise, a
fully automatic gear change system that improves the vehicle’s performance by
selecting gears that are most appropriate. The truck offers high performance
with electronic load transfer, allowing the driver to transfer more load to the
drive axle, thereby increasing the traction. Active traction control is another
key feature of this premium truck which is coupled with ABS and ensures that
all wheels have enough traction to keep the vehicle stable in case of wheel
All Scania products come with
features that increase vehicle efficiency, optimise energy consumption and
enhance driver safety and comfort. A smart, safe driver can improve vehicle
life and reduce fuel consumption, thereby enhancing our customers’
profitability while at the same time enabling a sustainable socio-economic
Mikael Benje, Managing
Director, Business Unit, Scania India, said, “We are delighted to announce the
global launch of the most anticipated Scania Citywide bus at this year’s Auto
Expo in India. Scania Citywide buses can be run on biofuels and will offer a
whole new level of travel comfort, aid great passenger flow and safety as
passengers continue to seek a more luxurious and comfortable journey even for a
small distance. This is yet another testimony to our strong commitment to make
in India and implementing safe, comfortable and world class sustainable
transporti n India.”
At the Auto Expo, Scania also
showcased the industry leading Scania R580 truck that comes with a V8 engine
and the premium coach ‘Metrolink 14.5 m’ bus that offers unmatched safety and
comfort. Also on display was the company’s model/process of converting local
waste to local fuel for local transport with Scania’s globally acclaimed
ethanol engine. The Scania R580, the most powerful on road truck, has been
certified by ARAI under a brand new category named ‘puller’.
Metrolink also complies with
R66 Standard, offering best possible safety even in case of vehicle roll over
and accident, tested and certified by TUV, Germany. Further, the Scania Driver
Coaching programme uses the individual driver data from the fleet management
system to highlight drivers' strengths and improvement areas, which benefits even
the most skilled drivers. Driver coaching engages with drivers to increase the
uptime and service life of customers’ fleet, while decreasing accident rates,
fuel consumption and total cost of ownership.
Klas Dahlberg, Senior Vice
President, Buses & Coaches, Sales & Marketing, Scania Group, said,
“Scania has been the pioneer in providing sustainable transport, offering
industry best Total Operating Economy (TOE) and vehicles running on alternative
fuels. The Scania Citywide bus is our latest contribution towards envisaging a
sustainable future for India. Sustainable transport solutions will help India
leapfrog technology steps and boost the nation’s economy by broadening the
business ecosystem and creating new employment.”
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