It has been reported that the Finnish coachwork manufacturer, Lahden Autokori, which builds the OmniExpress range under contract to Scania, filed for bankruptcy on 11 September with debts of around EUROS10m. Finnish press reports cite a decision by Scania to transfer production of the OmniExpress to Poland with effect from July 2014 as the reason behind the move and that Lahden has announced the dismissal of its entire staff of about 200 employees. Lahden proprietor, Juhani Saario told Ess.fi that Scania’s decision was a surprise, as production had been increased from 200 units to 300 units this year with the prospect of more. He sees no possibility of replacing Scania production with other contracts. The Finnish factory was built in 2007 specifically to handle the OmniExpress.
The following statement was made by Klas Dahlberg, Senior Vice President, Head of Scania Buses & Coaches, to Scania’s sales organisation: ‘With reference to today’s announcement from Lahden Autokori I would like to inform you that Scania is taking actions in order to secure the deliveries of the Scania OmniExpress to all our customers. We have asked your sales team to inform involved customers about the situation and that Scania will secure deliveries according to plan. It’s also Scania’s intention to proceed with the sales and marketing of the Scania OmniExpress as soon as we have come to an agreement with the parties involved. Further information will be provided.’
Attain Travel of Birmingham has received a Scania Iriar i4. Based on the Scania K320 IB 4×2 chassis, it has a 320hp engine, a fully automated Scania Opticruise gear selection system, 59 seats, full climate control and a DVD player. Attain Director, Dave Costello, said, ‘We have chosen the Scania Irizar i4 as we already operate two of this type of vehicle and have been very pleased with their performance. The i4 body suits our customer base with the high capacity and comfort that it offers. We also receive excellent service from everyone at Scania and know that if we have a problem out on the road we can go into any of its 90 dealerships throughout the UK and get the vehicle repaired regardless of whether it’s a chassis or body issue.’
Scania (Great Britain) Ltd supplied the coach.
Silverdale Tours has taken delivery of a Scania Irizar i6. The coach’s Scania K360 IB4x2 chassis has a 360hp engine matched to a fully automated version of the Scania Opticruise gear selection system. Specifications include 53 seats, a full climate control system, a DVD player with two monitors, a centre sunken toilet, a drinks machine and Durabright alloy wheels.
Silverdale Director, Shaun Doherty, said, ‘This is our first new touring Scania since 1987. We have operated them more recently as National Express vehicles and have always been pleased with their performance. We have heard great things from other operators about the Scania Irizar combination, so thought we would purchase one for our private hire fleet. It is very early days but the response from both drivers and passengers is very good.’
The coach was supplied by Scania (Great Britain) Ltd.
Henley-in-Arden based Johnsons Coaches has taken delivery of a 14.1m tri-axle Scania K400 6×2*4 OmniExpress. The coach has 63 half leather trimmed seats, a climate control system, a DVD player with two monitors, a centre sunken toilet and a drinks machine.
Director, Peter Johnson, said, ‘We were looking for a longer length vehicle with large seating capacity and felt the Scania OmniExpress fitted the bill perfectly. We were extremely pleased with how the vehicle was presented to us on handover day, everything was exactly how we wanted it.’
The vehicle was supplied by Scania (Great Britain) Ltd.
Hodge’s Coaches (Sandhurst) Ltd has added the first of a batch of six new 12.8m Scania OmniExpress coaches to its fleet. The vehicles are based on the Scania K360 EB4x2 Euro5 chassis and have ZF automatic transmissions. They are each fitted with 57-seats, a Bosch entertainment package, climate control system, powered parallel side lockers and a powered continental door.
Hodge’s Coaches MD, Martin Hodge, said, ‘We take the purchasing of new vehicles very seriously indeed. This is a major investment and we look at the whole product, that is to say build-quality, operating costs, reliability and resale value and the Scania OmniExpress ticked all the boxes. We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with Scania into the future.’
Hodge’s new coaches are being supplied by Scania (Great Britain) Ltd.
Stephensons of Essex have taken delivery of two ADL Enviro400 bodied Scania N230 UD4x2 double deckers. Powered by 230hp Euro5 engines coupled with ZF gearboxes, they each have 75 Lazzerini seats, tinted glass, a wheelchair ramp and Hanover destination equipment.
MD of Stephensons of Essex, Bill Hiron, said, ‘We are gradually replacing our older step entrance double deckers with DDA-compliant buses, both good quality used, and new models. We already have 19 Scania low floor double decks, including two identical Scania-ADL models delivered last year, and so the marque was a proven combination for us, combining a competitive price with proven reliability.’
Scania (Great Britain) Ltd supplied the vehicles.
PR Coaches from Southall, West London, has taken delivery of a 13.9m tri-axle Scania Irizar PB touring coach. It features 59 seats, an entertainment package, a centre sunken toilet, hot drinks facilities, a fridge and an air conditioning system. It is powered by a 470bhp engine coupled with a 12-speed automatic Opticruise transmission. The vehicle was re-sprayed to PR Coaches’ requirements by Mclellan & Sons and sign written by Edward Signs.
Scania (Great Britain) Ltd supplied the coach.