Interlink success for Scania as UK sales rocket

Numerous orders placed at EBE as first tri-axle model arrives; accessible variant soon

Interlink ‘has seen most interest at Scania coach launch for over 20 years’

Scania reported a buoyant order book for its recently-introduced Interlink HD mid-range coach at EBE, and it finalised a number of significant deals at the show.

“The Interlink has gained a great deal of traction over its predecessor the OmniExpress. It’s over 20 years since I last saw a new model receive the level of attention from operators as the Interlink,” says General Manager – Retail Sales Martin West.

“We have had an excellent customer response and there has been huge interest at Euro Bus Expo. We have now sold the first wheelchair-accessible examples, and the first 14.1m tri-axle has arrived in the UK.”

The Finesse version comes with a great deal as standard, including high-quality seating and USB charging points, but coaches can also be customised to the operator’s wishes.

Mr West also confirms that the lower-height Interlink MD is available to UK buyers, as a built-to-order coach.

Scania Great Britain expects to sell 50 Interlinks in 2017, with two-axle variants representing the majority. Around 40 deliveries of its Touring are expected, but chassis with Irizar’s i6 body are planned to be the biggest seller. “Single figures” of i8-bodied coaches are expected.

In 2017 a 53-seat variant of the two-axle Touring will be added to Scania’s range to complement the existing 49-seat plus toilet model.