Sca­nia’s new coach has swept a Euro­pean fuel con­sump­tion test, with a sim­i­lar model to be launched in Aus­tralia in 2018

Sca­nia’s new of­fer­ing has swept a Euro­pean fuel con­sump­tion test, with a sim­i­lar model to be launched in Aus­tralia in 2018

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T he com­pe­ti­tion was no match for a Sca­nia Tour­ing in Italy-based

BusToCoach’s com­par­a­tive test of 11 2-axle coaches from six bus builders re­cently.

It recorded an im­pres­sive and un­beat­able fig­ure of 18.2 litres/100km, com­pre­hen­sively out­per­form­ing its ri­vals.

The com­pe­ti­tion lined up coaches from Irizar, Iveco, Mercedes, Se­tra and Temsa for a fuel duel that in­cluded 347km of var­ied road con­di­tions in Lom­bardy, Pi­a­cenza and Lig­uria.

The Tour­ing’s con­sump­tion was an im­pres­sive 12 per cent lower than the run­ner-up, and 31 per cent bet­ter than the thirsti­est coach in the test.

The re­sults for the Sca­nia Tour­ing HD 12.1m coach sur­prised even sea­soned bus ex­perts.

“The re­sults have ex­ceeded all ex­pec­ta­tions in terms of con­sump­tion, plus a re­mark­ably in­ter­est­ing pur­chase price,” the judges com­mented. “The con­sump­tion turned out to be bet­ter than any op­ti­mistic pre­dic­tion.”

While the test was car­ried out at a rel­a­tively moder­ate av­er­age speed of 77.4km/h and the air- con­di­tion­ing was only in op­er­a­tion half the time, such was the re­sult that judges were left ques­tion­ing just how there was such a dis­par­ity in the per­for­mances of the ve­hi­cles.

How­ever, they found that the low fuel con­sump­tion could pri­mar­ily be at­trib­uted to Sca­nia’s 13-litre SCR- only en­gine, the au­to­mated Sca­nia Op­ti­cruise and Sca­nia Ac­tive Pre­dic­tion, which pro­vides topo­graph­i­cal in­for­ma­tion to the on-board con­trol sys­tem, al­low­ing the ve­hi­cle to pre­dict ap­proach­ing hills or de­scents.

In ad­di­tion to the fuel con­sump­tion, the news­let­ter praised the Sca­nia Tour­ing for its “very good in­te­rior quiet­ness for both pas­sen­gers and the driver, and the well-fin­ished trim.”

A ver­sion of the Sca­nia Tour­ing, sim­i­lar to that tested but suit­able for the Aus­tralian mar­ket in 4x2 con­fig­u­ra­tion, is des­tined to be launched here dur­ing the lat­ter part of 2018.

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Above: The Sca­nia Tour­ing HD 12.1m coach per­formed 12 per cent bet­ter than its clos­est ri­val at a re­cent fuel duel

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