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The Scania OmniCity is an integrally constructed transverse-engined low floor city bus that was available from Scania on the European market between 1997 and 2012.

Scania OmniCity
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A N-series OmniCity double-decker bus in use with Unilink.
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Interior of a right-hand drive Omnicity.
Overview
ManufacturerScania
Production1996–2012
Assembly
Body and chassis
ClassComplete bus
Body styleSingle-decker/double-decker city bus
LayoutTransverse rear-engine design
Doors1, 2, 3 or 4
Floor typeLow floor
RelatedScania OmniLink
Powertrain
Engine
  • Euro II (4-series)
  • 9.0 L DSC9 I6 (diesel)
  • 9.0 L DSI9 I6 (ED95)
  • 9.0 L OSC9 I6 (CNG)
  • Euro III
  • 9.0 L DC9 I6 (diesel)
  • 9.0 L DSI9 I6 (ED95)
  • 9.0 L OC9 I6 (CNG)
  • Euro IV (N-series)
  • 8.9 L DC9 I5 (diesel)
  • 9.0 L DSI9 I6 (ED95)
  • 9.0 L OC9 I6 (CNG)
  • Euro V/EEV
  • 9.3 L DC9 I5 (diesel)
  • 9.3 L DC9 E02 I5 (ED95)
  • 9.3 L OC9 I5 (CNG)
Power output250-310 hp
Transmission
  • Scania
  • ZF
Voith
Dimensions
Length10000mm, 10600mm, 10900mm, 11950mm, 12200mm, 18100mm
Width2500mm
Height3000mm and 4200mm
Chronology
SuccessorScania Citywide LF

The OmniCity was introduced in September 1996 as the first product based on the 4-series bus range.[1] The first prototypes were built in the former DAB plant in Silkeborg, Denmark, and serial production continued there in 1997, joined by Scania's plant in Katrineholm, Sweden. From 1999 it was also built at the plant in Słupsk, Poland. Production in Silkeborg ended in early 2000, and Katrineholm in 2004, with only a few test buses in 2005 to 2006. Since then all have been built in Poland.[2]

In 2006, the OmniCity was upgraded from the 4-series to the new N-series, which also included a thorough facelift, with the large rectangular front headlamps being replaced by smaller, round items, and further tweaks carried out to the rear styling.[3]

The Scania Citywide was launched in 2011 as a replacement for the OmniCity, except for the right-hand drive markets, where Scania have chosen to rely on external bodywork manufacturers, including Alexander Dennis. With a total of more than 2200 units, the last few OmniCities were built in 2012.

Contents

Single-deckerEdit

 
Go North East N-series OmniCity at the 2009 Metrocentre bus rally

The single-decker OmniCity was first introduced in 1996 in left-hand drive form and in 2002 in right-hand drive for the UK market.

The earlier version of the single-decker OmniCity was known as the CN94UB. But the Euro IV version was known as the CN230UB or CN270UB, the 230 and 270 indicate the maximum power (in hp) of the engine.

The Scania OmniCity single-decker has a rounded roof dome (more rounded than the Citywide LF) with a single-curvature windscreen and a separate destination blind. Unlike the Scania L94UB and OmniLink, the OmniCity features a full low floor without the need for steps or ramps to reach the rear seats, similar to the Volvo B7L.

In February–March 2008 Metrobus, Crawley took delivery of the third 10.7m OmniCities in the UK for the new Fastway route 100. They featured part-leather seating and only one door – most Fastway buses have two – and entered service on 10 May 2008.

Double-deckerEdit

 
Travel West Midlands 4-series OmniCity demonstrator in 2006
 
Southern Vectis N-series OmniCity in 2009

In 2005, Scania announced the introduction of the OmniCity 2-axle double-decker bus in order to complement its OmniDekka double-decker bus sold in the UK. It has a full low floor and is a complete Scania product, unlike the OmniDekka which features a body by East Lancashire Coachbuilders. The early 2-axle double-decker OmniCity uses the N94UD chassis, the same as the OmniDekka.

A demonstrator was delivered to Travel West Midlands (now National Express West Midlands) and entered service in November 2005. The first order is five buses for Lothian Buses of Edinburgh, Scotland which entered service during August–September 2006 and are in the Airlink livery. Later Lothian Buses ordered a further 10 buses to replace the Tridents on the route, these buses entered service in late 2007. There are also 15 for Transdev London which entered service in late 2006.

At first, it was in limited production, until the Euro IV version was launched. The reason for this is because the new Euro IV Scania engine is a five-cylinder 9-litre EGR engine as opposed to its Euro III predecessor, which is a six-cylinder 9-litre engine. The chassis designation has also changed to N230UD or N270UD.

Further orders were announced in late 2007, with many Go-Ahead companies buying them, such as Solent Blue Line, Southern Vectis and Wilts & Dorset. Metrobus also cancelled an order for two Scania/Darwen Olympus, for two OmniCitys, following the very long delays in production of the Olympus.

Articulated versionEdit

 
Articulated First Greater Manchester 4-series OmniCity in 2007

The single-decker articulated (or "bendy bus") version of the OmniCity was first introduced in 1996. The articulated OmniCity built by 2006 was known as the CN94UA.

In the United Kingdom, a demonstrator toured London in 2004, but failed to win any orders in place of the Mercedes-Benz Citaro. After other trials around the country, this bus was bought by Lothian Buses in April 2008, and then acquired by Nottingham City Transport after it left Lothian Buses in late August 2009. In 2005, Travel West Midlands ordered a batch, and in 2006, a group of high-specification artics entered service with Cardiff Bus on high-profile routes. Also in summer 2005 First Greater Manchester placed eighteen in service, predominantly between Manchester and Bury.

The Euro IV/V/EEV articulated version of the OmniCity was known as the CN280UA. In the UK, they are currently about 10 of them in use around Heathrow Airport.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Low-floor bus first out in Scania's new bus range". Scania. 3 September 1996. Archived from the original on 4 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Scania reduces its bus production in Poland". Scania. 28 June 2012. Archived from the original on 7 January 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  3. ^ "New range of Scania buses and coaches: K and N cover all applications" (PDF). Scania. 20 October 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 March 2006. Retrieved 3 July 2015.