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Scania N113DRB is a double-decker. The configuration is similar to the N113CRB single decker. The N113DRBs in Great Britain are 2-axled. The 3-axled variant supplied to Hong Kong are based on the 2-axled chassis.
In 1993, two 11.5-metre Scania N113DRB demonstrators were supplied to the Kowloon Motor Bus Co. They were designated and registered as AS1 (FU 482) and AS2 (FU 2948). They were the first double-deckers in Hong Kong equipped with environmental friendly engines compiling with Euro I Standard. When they arrived, KMB prepared a launching ceremony at New World Centre and adopted a special livery to emphasize this feature.
After evaluation, the mechanical performance of these two buses was considered satisfactory and a batch of 20 new buses were ordered and entered service in late 1996. They adopted Alexander R-type bodies and the interiors were made to the standard of Olympians at that time. Unlike AS1 and AS2, 2+2 high-back seats and modified air-conditioned systems were fitted into these buses.
The vehicles were considered to be quiet because they are equipped with a sealed engine chamber with a huge silencer and they had superb interior sound insulation. It rarely generates visible exhaust. However, they had very high floors, making the access very difficult. On the other hand, the seats at the lower deck were not very well arranged. The seats over the wheels were adjusted to a rather low position. Owing to the lack of air conditioning vents, the ambient temperature in the buses remained high in general. It could be even hotter in lower saloon. This model has been discontinued.
The 2-axled variant in United Kingdom was not as successful as their counterparts Olympian and DB250s. However, it was one of the most successful Scania double decker model in the country. This model has been superseded by N94UD.
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Page created: 7 March 1999
Last updated: 27 September 2009