Scania Australia’s  director of sales  for bus and power solutions, Julian Gurney  has reacted to  news that the company has ceased bus production at its production facility in Poland, saying that the major move  will have no effect on supply for Australia.

 “The recent announcement of the cessation of the production of Scania complete bus bodies at the production facility in Poland, including production of the full Low Floor C-Chassis will have no effect on the supply of chassis for the Australian market,” said Gurney.

“Australia has always been a Low Entry City Bus Market, and Scania’s modular K-chassis range has filled the requirements for the industry since its introduction in 2006 to meet the requirements of Euro 4 emission legislation requirements.

“Now available with Hybrid-electric and Euro 6-compliant diesel powertrains, and with the first 100% battery electric chassis poised to hit the road in South Australia, Scania has a full range of Low Entry City Bus options for all Australian states and territories, and will continue to offer these. In fact, our Battery Electric Vehicle range future-proofs our customers well into the next decade and beyond,” Gurney said.

“The Scania New Bus Generation city, school and coach product are all based on the Scania K-chassis, and we look forward to the continuing support and acceptance of the NBG range in Australia, which we have seen since launch in the summer of 2022.

“The pressure on the body building industry at both global and local levels is well documented, with the BIC’s recent paper on the challenges facing the industry highlighted to the various State and Federal government departments with a view to raising awareness of the seriousness – across all areas of government – of the severity of the impact of the cost increases across the entire supply chain,” he said.