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Old 1st April 2013, 18:30   #31
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Spotted these Scania busses , two of them, entering into KSRTC head office on double road. Looks like they will be using these buses for trial runs before considering buying them. Question is, on what routes will they ply these?
The buses haven't passed homologation yet - so no chance of a "trial" now. The bus was there for a Demo, according to information. KaSRTC is surely getting the buses for Trials. They normally run trial buses to Chennai (its easier to get a temporary permit I guess).
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bro, how many people can it seat. Also any details on the mileage, price etc.
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Bus guys, any updates?
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What is the timing of the Scania coach from Chennai? I am going there next month and would considering taking the Scania over my favorite 12657 Mail
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Scania Metrolink : Floating on the clouds

My office is in Bangalore, but sometimes my company sends me to Hyderabad for 2-3 day / 1-week stays. The office at Hyderabad has more employees, so all the training sessions are held there.

It was during these trips up and down that I realised that the most comfortable bus, atleast on the Bangalore <-> Hyderabad stretch, is the Scania Metrolink multiaxle.

When I said "Floating on the clouds" - really mean the experience is so. The bus comes with an automatic transmission, and the gear selector is located underneath the steering wheel. The dashboard has roughly 10 switches by the left side of the driver's seat. Not sure what the functions for those are.

Metrolink does the journey in about 7-8 hours, lesser if not caught in Bangalore traffic. I have taken the Volvo also on some occasions, and feel that the Volvo multiaxle is a close competitor. One place where Scania outscores is in the Air-Condition. Scania has a mild AC. It is cold, but not too cold. I felt that Scania behaves the same in summer and in winter.

On the other hand, Volvo feels too chill, even when adjusted to the lowest. Since one of these trips was on summer (March), AC was too cold when switched on. The controls allow you to switch it off, but it became too warm when switched off. Finally I had to alternate between switching on and off, managing to sleep in-between.

The only thing annoying about the Scania is the "whinging" sound at lower gears. The sound when the bus is accelerating actually sounds like "Scania...". But once it starts cruising - you don't know you are travelling. Anyway in this particular highway you would not find much stop/go. The mentioned sound is common just after the speed breakers.

Coming to the seat position - it's the same irrespective of Volvo or Scania. Both have adjustable seats. I found none was better than the other - including other long distance buses - in this regard.

Overall after travelling in both - Scania and Volvo multi-axle, I feel that Scania is slightly better in the long run.

Happy travelling.
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Metrolink does the journey in about 7-8 hours, lesser if not caught in Bangalore traffic. I have taken the Volvo also on some occasions, and feel that the Volvo multiaxle is a close competitor. One place where Scania outscores is in the Air-Condition. Scania has a mild AC. It is cold, but not too cold. I felt that Scania behaves the same in summer and in winter.

On the other hand, Volvo feels too chill, even when adjusted to the lowest. Since one of these trips was on summer (March), AC was too cold when switched on. The controls allow you to switch it off, but it became too warm when switched off. Finally I had to alternate between switching on and off, managing to sleep in-between.

Interesting perspective. Scania did great business at the beginning of their innings in India - the initial lot of buses had great suspension setup and people loved it. However, with body building moving in from Malaysia to India, the quality of the product deteriorated rapidly, and a lot of travellers, including me, try avoiding the Scania like plague. The 13.7M variant bounces around like a ping-pong ball.

Coming to the AC, don't you think the "chill" would depend on what temperature settings are used by the operator? Interestingly, majority votes are in the favour of Volvo when its comes to the AC vents - the volvo ac vents have more range of motion, has more settings and lets you leave it the way you wish. The Scania one on the other hand has very limited direction control (unless you are in a KaSRTC Scania - which uses aftermarket AC vents)

I would strongly suggest you should have a ride in a new Euro 4 Volvo - either a B8R or a B11R.
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