Luton based Three Star Coaches has taken delivery of its second Sunsundegui bodies Volvo, with the latest addition to its fleet based on the B7R chassis. The 38-seater has a 7.1litre Volvo D7E engine and is specified with a TV screen, a CD/DVD player and a rear servery.
Three Star Coaches’ Colin Dudley said, ‘The 38-seat vehicle allows us to easily cater for those travelling groups of around 25-35 people that we often get. It is light weight and therefore quite nippy when travelling around. It also proves economical in terms of fuel. We’ve obviously tried other manufacturers in the past and one thing that particularly stands out about Volvo is the excellent back-up and support. They have a reputation for excellence and from our experience it is well deserved. We are constantly reviewing the requirements of our fleet. Our policy is to try and bring in a new vehicle each year, in order to improve and reduce the overall age of our 15 vehicle fleet. We intend to continue our dialogue with Volvo going forward to help achieve our long-term goals.’
Volvo Coach Sales supplied the vehicle.
Hollinshead Coaches has taken delivery of a Jonckheere bodied Volvo B11R. The coach has 53 seats, an entertainment package and a D11C 11-litre 450hp engine coupled to a Volvo I-Shift gearbox. It is being used for tours, private hire and the operator’s corporate clients.
Hollinshead Coaches’ MD, Stephen Haydon, said, ‘We’ve had many years operating Volvos and we like and trust them. We had two fundamental requirements with our new coach. It had to be as economic on fuel as possible and we also specifically wanted a vehicle with 53 seats plus centre demountable toilet. Volvo Bus once again met our exacting requirements and we’re very pleased with the new vehicle. Another factor in our decision was the re-assurance of the back-up and support we receive from The Hartshorne Group and our contact there Bob Phillips. They’ve always been superb.’
Volvo Coach sales supplied the vehicle.
Diss based Simonds has taken delivery of two MCV bodied Volvo B7RLEs, both resplendent in the operator’s CountryLink livery. Power for them comes from a Volvo Euro5 290hp engine matched to a ZF Ecolife six-speed gearbox. They are specified with 44 Vogel seats, an eight camera Synectics CCTV system and Hanover LED destination equipment. GreenRoad technology is fitted; this is a standard feature on all of the operator’s fleet.
Engineering Director, Adrian Tant, said, ‘Choice of vehicle was decided upon after a six month evaluation of various manufacturers’ products. The decision process included whole life cost, fuel economy, reliability and after sales service. This coupled with customer feedback and driver/engineering department observations assisted the board in making their decision. The two new vehicles are part of Simonds business plan to continually invest in the fleet, keeping the business moving forward.’
MD, Martyn Simonds, said, ‘The provision of these two new low floor DDA vehicles will ensure that our commitment to the environment and the provision of high standards of customer care and comfort is maintained. We have been very pleased with their performance and have received excellent comments from drivers and customers alike.’
The vehicles were supplied by Volvo Coach Sales.
LL Travel has added a Volvo B11R with Jonckheere bodywork to its fleet. The coach is specified with a Volvo D11C six-cylinder engine, 53 seats, an entertainment package, an air conditioning system and a rear servery with fridge. LL Travel MD, John Law, said, ‘The B11R was the ideal vehicle for our requirements as it fits nicely between Volvo’s larger B13R and the smaller B9R. We traded in our old B12M coach when purchasing the new B11R and that vehicle has been absolutely superb over the years. It has needed no major work whatsoever and has always been reliable. The service we had with that coach certainly played a part in our decision to specify Volvo again this time.’
The vehicle was supplied by Volvo Coach Sales.
Travellers Choice of Camforth, Lancashire, has upgraded its fleet with six Jonckheere bodied Volvos, two of which are 14m B13Rs and the rest are based on the B9R. The larger pair will be used on the company’s ski trips and feature 65 seats, a Euro5 13litre 460hp engine coupled to a 12-speed I-Shift gearbox, a toilet, an entertainment package, an air conditioning system and drinks facilities. The B9Rs have 53 seats, a Euro5 D9 9.4litre 380hp engine coupled to a 12-speed I-Shift transmission, an entertainment package, an air conditioning system, a toilet and drinks facilities.
Travellers Choice Director, Mark Shaw, said, ‘We’ve had a long and succesful association with Volvo Bus and with Regional Sales Manager, Duncan Crosby. We get good quality, reliable vehicles from Volvo and that keeps us coming back for more.’
Volvo Coach Sales supplied the vehicles.
Volvo Bus Latin America has sold 200 hybrid buses to the Public Transportation System of Bogota, the capital of Colombia. The buses will be operating the city’s BRT system, TransMilemio. Their chassis will be manufactured in Volvo Buses’ plant in Curitiba, Brazil. The buyers are Consorcio Express, acquiring 156 vehicles and GMovil, acquiring 44 vehicles. The deal includes, in addition to the chassis, a 12 year battery protection contract and a five year service agreement. The buses will be bodied by Busscar and Superpolo in Colombia. They are due to start operating in Bogota in December 2013 and will expand the coverage of the city’s Integrated Public Transportation System. The buses will have doors with access steps on the right hand side and bus floor level doors on the left, to allow boarding and debarkation at the Transmilemio stops. The sale includes a solution package, including total vehicle maintenance, from filter and oil changes to repairs.
Volvo buses powered completely by electricity from renewable sources are planned for use in Gothenborg, Sweden. They are due to be rolled out on a futuristic transport network in 2015. The services involve the creation and trial run of new bus stop solutions, traffic routing systems, safety concepts, energy supply and business models. The hope is that the project, known as ElectriCity, will attract more commuters to use public transport. Behind the initiative is the Volvo Group, in cooperation with the Swedish Energy Agency, Region Vastra Gotaland, the City of Gothenburg, Goteborg Energi, Vasttrafik, Lindholmen Science Park and Johanneberg Science Park.
President and CEO of Volvo, Olof Persson, said, ‘This represents an entirely new mode of travel and will allow for the public-transport system to contribute to a more pleasant urban environment. A silent and emissions-free public-transport system will enable the inclusion of locations in the city that are currently off limits. It is immensely satisfying to be able to launch this in our hometown, in cooperation with Region Vastra Gotaland and the City of Gothenburg.’