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Scania launches bio-fuel powered citywide bus, G 310 Truck at Auto Expo

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Mumbai : Scania Commercial Vehicles India Pvt. Ltd., a leading premium commercial vehicles and engines manufacturer today unveiled its flagship Citywide bus at the Auto Expo, India Expo Mart.

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 bio-fuel 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 bio-fuels complying with Bharat Stage (BS) 4, Euro 5, and Euro 6.

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, maximized 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.

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 bio-fuels 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.”

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.

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.

Klas Dahlberg, Senior Vice President, Buses and Coaches, Sales and 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,” added Klas Dahlberg.

“Continuing our focus on sustainable transport solutions this year, we will increase the manufacturing of vehicles that can run on alternative fuel (bio-fuel) engines at our Narasapura plant in India. We will continue to drive awareness and collaborate with key stakeholders to highlight the benefits of ‘local waste for local fuel for local transport’ across India starting with the introduction of ethanol based Green Buses across India this year”, added Mikael Benje.

Scania has been the pioneer in manufacturing sustainable vehicles which offer the best Total Operating Economy (TOE). Scania has also been an active proponent of ‘Swach Bharat’, ‘Smart Cities’ and ‘Make in India’ missions. (ANI)

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