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Scania beats Detroit prejudice

11th May 1985, Page 17
11th May 1985
Page 17
Page 17, 11th May 1985 — Scania beats Detroit prejudice
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SAAB SCANIA of America has gained a foothold of reasonable dimension in the US mass transit market since it opened its assembly plant at Orange, Connecticut, on February 1, 1984.

An evaluation test on three CR112s in Norwalk, a New York suburb, has shown a 40 per cent fuel saving over the two-year trial, when compared with the GMC buses in its fleet.

This led to orders being placed by Iowa City (10), Nova Scotia (12) and Honolulu (46). One of the main problems Saab Scania had to overcome was the transit companies' specification for Detroit Diesel engines. The test was their only argument.

Only the front and rear ends of the 112s are exported from Sweden — the remainder — 51 per cent of the content, is American.


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