Scania is expanding its lineup of coach buses in the Philippines with the introduction of the Touring model that is built by local bus body manufacturer Del Monte Motor Works, Inc. (DMMW).
“Scania is unveiling the first Scania Touring with a Philippine-made body to be handed over to Bicol Isarog Tranport System, Inc. This provides operators, like Bicol Isarog, a myriad of options in terms of body configurations and choice of materials not to mention parts are readily available. But you can expect the same level of engineering excellence and riding comfort as with all Scania buses,” said Don Ramos, Sales Manager of BJ Mercantile, Inc., the official distributor of Scania in the country.
The partnership began in 2019 and was only after a thorough examination of DMMW’s workshop and manufacturing process. After the inspection, DMMW had to strictly follow the Body Building Guidelines of Scania while the steps of the process were monitored by the headquarters in Sweden for quality control purposes.
Buyers of the Scania Touring coach bus have the option to customize the interior of each unit to fit their needs and requirements. Everything can be modified, from the audio-video set-up to interior lighting, and the seat options (regular bus seats or the top-of-the-line lazy boys). They can also add a bathroom or convert the units into a mobile conference room or an ambulatory hospital.
“Scania has been a part of our wish list being one of the best European brands known for its high quality, durability, and safety features that is why we grabbed the opportunity to be the first to own the Scania Touring with a locally made body and we have 13 more buses for delivery next year. Another important factor is their very good after-sales support courtesy of the 24/7 workshop and guarantee of parts availability,” said Mr. BJ Cu, General Manager of Bicol Isarog.
Each Scania uses a Fleet Management System (FMS) so operators can boost operational economy and productivity. The system monitors driving performance, vehicle data, and fleet position, which helps in promoting efficient and safe driving. It also evaluates factors that fuel consumption such as increased idling, harsh braking, acceleration, and/or even fuel theft. It can detect mechanical and electrical errors remotely informing Scania’s professional technicians which parts and tools to bring for faster repair in the unfortunate event of breakdowns on the road.
All Scania models also come with a standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Speed Limiter, Traction Control, Driving Mode (economy and standard), Hill Hold, and Auxiliary Break (retarder). Other functions that can be added to further support the driver whether they are on the open highway or in busy city environments are Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assistance, Blind Spot Warning, Electropneumatic Parking Brake, Vulnerable Road User Collision Warning, and Underrun Protection.
To learn more about Scania, you may visit its showroom located at 1132 EDSA Balintawak, Quezon City. You may also call (02) 361-0088, email [email protected], or visit www.scania.ph or check their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/scaniaphilippines/.