Scania N113

Scania N113

Scania N113 is a transverse-engined city bus which was first built in 1988 and superseded the Scania N112.

It was available as single-deck bus (the N113CLB/N113CRB), articulated bus (the N113ALB), double-decker bus (the N113DRB/3-axle N113) and low-floor single-deck bus (the N113CLL/N113CRL).

United Kingdom

The Scania N113DRB double decker was launched for the UK market in 1988. It was more successful than the N112DRB it replaced, and was offered with the East Lancs, Alexander and Northern Counties bodywork.

It was a favourite of British Bus (now Arriva Group), Midland Fox (now Arriva Fox County), Rider Holdings (now First West Yorkshire), London Buses (which were then with Stagecoach) and many more. By 1992 the last Alexander RH-bodied ones entered service in the UK with Cardiff bus, and later production was mainly sold with East Lancs E-type (Cityzen from 1995) or Northern Counties Palatine from then on. Production continued until 1999, when there were stock built models with East Lancs Cityzen bodywork. The last were sold in late 2000/early 2001.

The N113CRB single decker was launched around the same time and fared better than its predecessor too, it was bodied with Alexander PS-type, East Lancs (including the EL2000 launched in 1990), Wright Endurance, the new Plaxton Verde (launched in 1991) and the new Alexander Strider (which was developed with Yorkshire Rider).

In 1993, with the launch of low-floor buses in the UK, Scania and East Lancs launched a low-floor version called the MaxCi, with N113CRL low-floor single decker chassis and had a similar design as those used in Scandinavia. It was so expensive that it was not successful and only 11 were sold. The N113CRL was also available with Wright Pathfinder and Alexander Strider bodywork.

In 1994, Scania started to sell the longitudinal and inclined-engined L113CRB/L single decker in the UK in order to replace the N113CRB/L.

Hong Kong

In early 1990s, Kowloon Motor Bus proposed to buy the first two environmental-friendly buses in Hong Kong history. Therefore, the company purchased 2 Alexander RH-bodied Scania N113 double-deckers in 1993. They were numbered AS1 (FU482) and AS2 (FU2948), equipped with Scania DS11-74 engine (meaning that it has the power of 274bhp) and Voith DIWA863 gearbox.

KMB proved that the two buses were useful, and therefore purchased another 20 buses (fleet number AS3-22) in 1996, but they were equipped with Scania DSC11-24 engine instead of DS11-74.

Due to the high price tag, KMB only purchased 22 Scania N113 buses.


Between 1989 and 1990, Singapore Bus Service (SBS) received 200 units of Scania N113CRB single deckers with Alexander PS bodywork, of which 50 of them, registered in the range of SBS 0031L to SBS 0080U, were air-conditioned. The remaining 150 non-airconditioned ones were registered in the ranges of SBS 3573U to SBS 3722G. Of these 150 non-air-conditioned ones, SBS 3581X, SBS 3628X and SBS 3639P to SBS 3722G were retrofitted with air conditioners since 2000. These buses can mostly be found in the eastern parts of Singapore and controlled by Bedok North Depot, with a handful of it in Ang Mo Kio and Braddell Depots.

* Origin: Sweden
* Engine type: Scania DSC1104
** Cylinders: 6
** Displacement: 11,021 cc
* Gearbox: Scania GAV-771R; changed to Voith DIWA863.3 in mid 90s

* Total capacity: 86
** Seating: 51
** Standing: 35

;Safety features
* Non air-conditioned, converted air-conditioned
**Pneumatic safety edge

* Original air-conditioned
**Top speed limiter
**Pressure Sensing
**Door staying closed
**Pneumatic safety edge


Production of Scania N113 ended in 1998. The single-deck variant was superseded by Scania N94 series, but no replacement was built for the N113DRB until 2002 when Scania unveiled the low-floor Scania N94UD OmniDekka double-decker bus.

For the Hong Kong market, Scania developed the low-floor Scania K94UB6x2/4 double-decker bus, but only one prototype was built.

ee also

Competitors (double-deck):
*DAF DB250
*Dennis Dominator
*Dennis Dragon
*Leyland Olympian
*MCW Metrobus
*Volvo Citybus
*Volvo Olympian

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