Lagos order is a significant business win for Swedish manufacturer Scania
NIGERIA Scania, in collaboration with Brazilian bus and coach builder Marcopolo, is delivering 250 buses to the Nigerian city of Lagos. The buses, two-axle K250UBs powered by 250hp nine-litre engines and with Viale bodies, will be delivered during the first half of 2018 and have been ordered by Transport Services Ltd (TSL), which will also be responsible for service and maintenance of the bus fleet.
“The choice of Scania and Marcopolo as suppliers is in line with our strategy of becoming a leading player within public transport in Nigeria,” said TSL CEO Deji Wright.
In Nigeria, like in other West African countries, an improvement and modernisation of public transport systems is underway, representing a great business opportunity for Scania.
“Our strategy for meeting the strong increase in demand is to form partnerships with large cities in the region and offer modern and sustainable transport solutions,” said Fredrick Morsing, Managing Director for Scania West Africa.
Additionally, Marcopolo is to deliver 50 smaller Volares built on a Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus chassis.
Scania’s efforts to boost its presence in West Africa started in Ghana, where around 400 buses and coaches have been delivered since 2014. In addition to taking responsibility for servicing and maintenance, it has contributed to the design of bus service systems and the training of drivers.