In operation in Curitiba for almost nine months, Brazil’s first Scania bi-articulated buses have positively surprised fleet owners and users
Urban transport system operator, Viação Cidade Sorriso, has reported positive results from its purchase of Brazil’s first six Scania bi-articulated buses, which operate in the southern city of Curitiba. The buses are 27 metres-long, have a 250 passenger capacity and feature Allison fully automatic transmissions. The acceptance of Scania’s proposal of change and the arrival of these first units broke Volvo’s monopoly of the city market.
“The arrival of a new option to the city of Curitiba brings us the flexibility of choice, which is beneficial for both company and users,” said Alaor Morais, Operations Director of Viação Cidade Sorriso. “The most interesting thing about the Scania/Allison partnership is that we really believe in this new project. We are confident that this is just the beginning of a highly successful project.”
The buses were evaluated over a long period, during which they ran the same routes as the incumbent models. As a result, Viação Cidade Sorriso wanted to extend the benefits of its new modern and comfortable vehicles to the wider population.
The bi-articulated buses comply with the required standard of the Urbanization of Curitiba S/A (Urbs), are equipped with a Caio body and 360 hp engine with 1,850 Nm of torque. The front-engine location increases space for passengers and allowing better accessibility between the three bus sections. The vehicles have an 8×2 configuration, with a loading capacity of 43.5 tonnes.
Viação Cidade Sorriso has worked with Allison for more than 30 years. The Allison B 516R™ six-speed fully automatic transmission with retarder is compatible with the high torque of the engine and provides easy maintenance and low operational cost. Its intelligent architecture ensures the optimal gear is always selected, as well as generating higher average speeds and reducing travel time.
According to the company, among the advantages of the Scania bi-articulated buses is the ease of mechanical access to the front engine. The new buses work on the North-South line between Santa Cândida and Capão Raso and transport an average of 90,000 passengers per 10-hour day. The new buses are replacing old models at the end of their service life.
“In this initial phase of operation, the bi-articulated buses will be limited to running an average of just 5,500 kilometres per month as they are brought on board and we make occasional adjustments. We are certain they will be successful,” concluded Morais.
Image – © Scania Brazil. “In this initial phase of operation, the bi-articulated buses will be limited to running an average of just 5,500 kilometres per month as they are brought on board and we make occasional adjustments. We are certain they will be successful,” said Alaor Morais, Operations Director of Viação Cidade Sorriso.
About Allison Transmission
(NYSE: ALSN) is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hungary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit www.allisontransmission.com.