STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Swedish truckmaker Scania AB won its largest bus and coach order to date in Asia, selling 500 city buses to public transport company SBS Transit in Singapore. The company didn't disclose the value of the contract.
''This transaction is an expression of SBS Transit's great confidence in Scania's products and service back-up,'' says Norman Koh, General Manager of Scania Singapore.
Crucial to the choice of Scania was the low operating cost and environmental performance of the buses, which feature Euro 4 engines and exhaust gas recirculation technology, as well as an attractive service package.
The contract also marks the start of a long-term strategic partnership between Scania and SBS Transit when it comes to evaluation of new concepts and systems for public transport.
''The development of the new city buses for Singapore has occurred in close collaboration between the two companies. All the buses will have bodywork produced by Gemling Coachworks in Malaysia. Deliveries will take place during late 2007 and in 2008,'' Scania said in a statement.
Scania is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. A growing proportion of the company's operations consists of products and services in the financial and service sectors.