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A Scania success story

A Scania success story

Scania has won a prominent position in select bus and coach markets across the globe, including South America, Europe and the Far East. The manufacturer’s phenomenal local successes are largely responsible for Southern Africa rapidly becoming another of Scania’s key markets.

 
MAN about town

MAN about town

The MAN lion is a familiar public transport badge in cities around the world, attesting to the solid reputation MAN has built as a leading commuter-bus manufacturer. A recent landmark deal with Metro Group’s KZT Bus Services confirms MAN’s ongoing dominance of the local market.

 
The great divide

The great divide

In South Africa, 2009 was undoubtedly the year of the bus. Nevertheless, although the devastating sales figures experienced by the rest of the commercial transport industry hardly touched the bus and coach sector, there are still a number of road blocks that could impact negatively on future sales. NADINE VON MOLTKE examines the state of local public transport.

 
Striving for comfort and efficiency

Striving for comfort and efficiency

As we gear up for 2010, FRANK BEETON offers a brief overview of developments in the global bus market.

   
Seeing red

Seeing red

FOCUS readers are in for a treat! Our newly appointed UK correspondent, SHAUN CONNORS, is travelling up a storm, taking to the wheel of a weird and wonderful assortment of vehicles, especially for our reading pleasure. He starts out with an icon, the Routemaster bus, a vehicle better known to South Africans as the “London bus”.

 
Style built on inspiration

Style built on inspiration

The Hispano Iveco Divo luxury coach was recently launched at Truck Centre in Midrand. FOCUS attended the event to find out what sets Iveco’s new coach apart from that of the competition.

 
A new Routemaster for London?

A new Routemaster for London?

Believe it or not, the joint winner of the mayor of London’s competition to design a new Routemaster double-decker bus for the British capital is Warwickshire-based sports car manufacturer, Aston Martin, writes FRANK BEETON.

   
Optare seizes the initiative

Optare seizes the initiative

The future of busing looks bright as an array of new developments are destined for South African shores.

 
Buses aplenty

Buses aplenty

While most manufacturers feel the pinch of the global recession, Tata gears up its bus production.

Having recently revealed the future direction of its goods vehicle product plan by way of the new World Truck series, Tata Motors Limited has completed a major investment to increase the tempo of its bus production at three dedicated manufacturing operations.

 
A pride of lions

A pride of lions

With emphasis on “going green” growing across the globe, the bus industry has a few tricks up its sleeve. MAN Nutzfahrzeuge (the commercial vehicle division of MAN SE – see this month’s Global FOCUS) used the International Association of Public Transport congress in Vienna early in June to show off the latest additions to its city bus line-up.

   

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