showcased their new intercity Coach Bus range at the 2016 Busworld which is
being held in Bengaluru today. The new range includes Volvo 9400, 12.0m coach
with a new 8.0L engine. Volvo has also introduced their best selling 13.8m
multi-axle coach with a new 11.0L engine to meet BSIV norms. Volvo 9400 14.5m
coach also receives an upgrade to meet BSIV emission norms and gets enhanced
performance as well.
The New Coach Range unveil coincides with completion of
Volvo Buses’ 15 years journey in India. Over the years Volvo has established
itself as the leader in the Indian bus industry. The company has achieved this
by strengthening its commitment to the success of its customers. Volvo takes
pride by becoming the “partner of choice” for its customers and other key
stakeholders. The New Range addresses the evolving requirements of our
customers and drivers, as well as aspirations of passengers. The products
represent Volvo Buses’ commitment to offer solutions that meet the highest
standards of quality, comfort, luxury, safety and performance.
Previously the company had stated plans to source engines
from its VECV joint venture with Eicher, however the new 8.0L engine showcased
at Busworld goes to show the company's dedication towards the localisation of
key aggregates in India. At present the coach body manufacturing in India is at
a 100pc localisation and the new engine launch highlights the company's
capability to leverage local manufacturing competence.
Hakan Agnevall, President, Volvo Bus Corporation, said, “Volvo Buses has always positioned itself to provide products that deliver the right value to our customers. The new engine range is a good example India’s role in our global plans. The way forward for us is to offer in India the latest solutions that can provide the finest ownership experience to the operators.”
Currently the company has sold more than 6000 buses in India, including 4,500 coaches which connect more than 100 locations across the country. VRV Sriprasad, Managing Director – South Asia, Volvo Buses, said, “Volvo Buses has always taken the lead in introducing new technologies and concepts. We work closely with our customers and this is reflected in our products and services that help ‘create value’. The New Range aims to redefine intercity travel in terms of luxury, comfort and safety. We reaffirm our commitment to impart the best bus travel experience to our customers, drivers and passengers.”
Volvo's new range of coaches will be manufactured at their facility near Hosakote, Bengaluru. The facility will cater to chassis assembly and roll out of complete buses. The company's present buses range for India also includes the Volvo 8400 city bus, 1500 units of which are operating in 34 destinations across the country. Early in 2016, the company also unveiled the Volvo 8400 hybrid city bus, which was the country's first hybrid bus, delivered to Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT). The first two units of these buses are in operations in the Navi Mumbai-Mumbai-Thane region on the megacity.
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