High-capacity Volvo 7400XL trials commence in Bangalore

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation to conduct trials with India’s first multi-axle city bus; to make public transport even more efficient & friendlier.

Volvo Buses today announced the commencement of trials for the Volvo 7400XL low floor city bus in Bangalore. Hon’ble Minister for Home & Transport, Government of Karnataka, Shri. R Ashoka flagged off the bus from Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) Central Office. Akash Passey, Senior Vice President – Business Region International, Volvo Bus Corporation & Chairman of the Board, Volvo Buses in India and Manish Sahi, Managing Director, Volvo Buses in India were present on the occasion. Senior officials from the State Government as well as the senior management of the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) were also present at the ceremony.

The Volvo 7400XL is India’s first multi-axle city bus, with steered axle. At 14.5m, it is India’s first city bus ready to support efficient mass bus-based transport systems to move more people, with fewer buses, quicker & with less resource utilisation. Volvo 7400XL will take the Volvo City Bus Concept to a new level.

The Volvo 7400XL was launched during the Auto Expo 2012 in Delhi earlier this year. With the start of trials of this bus, Volvo Buses is all set to redefine comfort & safety for passengers. This initiative has been made possible with support from BMTC.

Akash Passey, Senior Vice President – Business Region International, Volvo Bus Corporation and Chairman of the Board, Volvo Buses in India said, “Volvo Buses has been at the forefront of driving innovation is mass transport solution and we are committed to driving the quality of life for millions of passengers in India. As part of this promise we have showcased the Volvo 7400XL, part of our new range of buses, which highlight’s our efforts to make public transport the preferred choice of mobility in a city.  The response to the Volvo 8400 city bus in 13 cities across India has been very encouraging and the Volvo 7400XL will take the Volvo City Bus concept one step further.”

If the Volvo 8400 city bus helped move people away from their personal vehicles and save fuel, emissions, road space – the Volvo 7400XL will do this with even greater intensity. The reason is straightforward; the Volvo 7400XL can carry over 100 people at a time and as a result significantly improve upon fuel, emissions and road space consumptionw. Imagine what this can do for growing cities, high occupancy routes and for de-congestion? The savings are profound.  The bus offers significantly higher standee and sitting passengers and comes in the attractive New Volvo body design.

Most importantly, this new City Bus from Volvo comes after 10-years of deep understanding of high-performing bus applications in India. The development of the Volvo 7400XL is a collaboration between the global and local design engineers to build an optimum solution for our cities. It also reflects Volvo Buses’ growing strength in creating high-performing bus solutions specific for India.

Manoeuvrability in the city is gracefully tackled by the steered tag-axle allowing the bus to take on tight roads and turns of a city.

Safety is a core value at Volvo Buses and the Volvo 7400XL is yet another instance of a product designed to offer enhanced safety to drivers and passengers. The bus body of this city bus is a tubular structure built to meet the anti-roll over standards. The bar on safety has been raised to an exceptional level with roll stabilizers, electronic braking system, EBS, powerful disc brakes and new PX suspension system. The low-entry at the front and in the middle, means it is easy to get on and off, even for passengers with impaired mobility.

The Volvo 7400XL is powered by the highly efficient Volvo 7-litre diesel engine with a high power of 290hp equipped with a turbocharger and intercooler. The engine results in first-class drivability, outstanding fuel-efficiency and low environmental impact.

Today, Volvo city buses are being operated in 13 cities across India – Bangalore, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Mysore, Mangalore, Faridabad, Chennai, Vellupuram, Thiruvanathapuram, Kochi, and Hyderabad.

The state-of-the-art factory and overall profile of being a complete transport solutions provider, gives Volvo Buses a unique ability to be in the best position to understand the needs of the Indian market and configure products accordingly.

June 23, 2012

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Satyanarayan Doraiswami, +91 99016 53252, satyanarayan.doraiswami@volvo.com 
Nilanjana Nangia, +91 9986074334, 
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Volvo Buses India Private Limited
Volvo Buses has been in India for 10 years and has the richest experience when it comes to high-performing bus applications. This, coupled with its state-of-the-art factory and overall profile of being a complete transport solutions provider, gives it a unique ability to be in the best position to understand the needs of the Indian market and configure products accordingly. Volvo Buses today operates across 12 cities in India, besides Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. It is the second largest European brand with a strong presence in key markets in Asia. At present, there are about 5,000 Volvo buses operating in the SAARC region, both in the city and inter-city segments.