Volvo Buses in India has
received an order for 51 multi-axle intercity coaches from VRL Logistics – one
of India’s leading bus transport service providers. This was announced at a
press meet in Bengaluru. Prabhu Salageri, Vice President (Travels), VRL Logistics
Ltd. received the symbolic key from VRV Sriprasad, Business Head for Volvo
Buses India & South Asia.
The order from VRL is for 51
buses, which includes a mix of the Volvo 9400XL and Volvo 9400PX multi-axle
models with I-Shift. VRL operates Volvo buses on one of the longest routes in
India at present – connecting Bengaluru to Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
VRV Sriprasad said, “VRL has
been at the forefront of redefining the intercity bus travel business in India.
Volvo has had a long standing partnership. We are grateful to the VRL team for
placing their trust in Volvo to provide them with the right solutions to
provide the best travel experience to their passengers. With this development
we will further strengthen our association.”
The Volvo 9400PX is a 14.5m coach
with steerable tag axle. It is designed to impart the highest levels of comfort
to both passengers and drivers. This model is apt for long-distance routes,
where VRL is offering services. The Volvo 9400XL is the bestselling coach
product in India since it was first introduced in 2008. At 13.7m, this bus
offers great comfort making it the preferred option for many passengers.
All models from Volvo Buses
also come equipped with the latest safety features, both in terms of regulatory
compliance as well as initiatives from Volvo. Volvo was the first company to
start offering Bus Body Code features in its products before the norm came into
effect. All buses are also fitted with ABS as a standard since 2005 – an
initiative by Volvo that became a mandate for the entire commercial vehicle
industry in 2015.
“At Volvo Buses, while
continue to bring in new technologies and features, our focus on making
imparting the best training to drivers remains as before. The on-road driver
behaviour and driving practice can prevent mishaps from happening, which is a
crucial first step to a safe journey and safer every day. Volvo has trained
over 26,000 bus drivers till date and this gives us confidence to focus on the
entire concept of safety,” Sriprasad added.
VRL was founded in 1976 by Dr.
Vijay Sankeshwar, Chairman & Managing Director in Gadag, a small town in
North Karnataka with a single truck and a vision that was way ahead of its
time. The company gradually expanded its services to Bengaluru, Hubbali and
Belagavi. Today, VRL has grown into a nationally renowned logistics and
transport company. VRL has the largest fleet of commercial vehicles in India
with 4077 vehicles, which includes 373 buses and 3704 trucks.
VRL is also the largest Volvo
bus fleet operator among private operators with 140 coaches. They have a strong
presence across the South and West regions supported by a professional team and
maintenance infrastructure. The company also diversified in to courier service,
priority cargo and air chartering to meet the growing customer demands
Volvo Buses has has sold over
5,400 buses in India, besides catering the export markets in the SAARC region
and South Africa. The intercity coach range consists of the Volvo 9100, Volvo
9400, Volvo 9400XL and Volvo 9400PX. The company also has the Volvo 8400 city
bus, nearly 1,500 units of which are helping millions of people in 34 cities
with their daily city commute requirements.
Source: Volvo Buses