Volvo Buses launches New Coach Range; Aims to redefine intercity travel in India

New 8 lt. engine from VECV joint venture showcases the localisation strategy; Ready to meet to BSIV emission norms

Volvo Buses today unveiled its New Intercity Coach Range at the Busworld 2016 in Bengaluru. The New Volvo 9400 range signifies company’s readiness in meeting changing customer needs, passenger aspirations and developing regulatory scenario in India. The range includes the Volvo 9400, 12.0m coach with the New 8 lt. engine sourced from VECV’s Pithampur facility. The best-selling Volvo 9400, 13.8m multi-axle coach gets a boost with the engine being upgraded from 9lt. to 11lt. In the Volvo 9400, 14.5m coach the 11lt. engine is upgraded to meet the upcoming BSIV emission regulations, besides improvements for enhanced performance.

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 8 litre engine is result of the efforts towards localisation of key aggregates, which is part of Volvo Buses’ stated objective. This also highlights company’s capability to leverage the local manufacturing competence to meet the market potential. As such, the bus body in all Volvo buses in India is 100 percent localised. The engines in the new range comply with BSIV emission norms that come into effect in April 2017.

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 Volvo Group’s 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.”

Akash Passey, Senior Vice President – Business Region International, Volvo Bus Corporation said, “Our journey in India over the last 15 years has helped create awareness and acceptability towards bus travel among people. The bus transport business and the bus manufacturing industry have undergone a sea change since 2001. Volvo Buses will continue to take initiatives to make a difference to our customers, which is our commitment to the market.”

VRV Sriprasad, Managing Director, Volvo Buses – South Asia 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’. We reaffirm our commitment to impart the best bus travel experience to our customers, drivers and passengers.”

Volvo has sold more than 6000 buses in India, which includes 4,500 coaches that are helping connect 100-plus locations across India. The Trust for Volvo among scores of passengers is based on their experience of a safe, comfortable and luxurious journey. Key routes like Mumbai-Pune, Bangalore-Chennai, Bangalore-Hyderabad, Bangalore-Jodhpur, Jaipur-Delhi, to name a few have become synonymous with Volvo services on these roads.

The New Range addresses the evolving requirements of our customers and drivers, as well as aspirations of passengers. There is growing demand for adopting intercity buses as efficient and safe means of mobility. Volvo is responding to this evolving scenario. The products represent Volvo Buses’ commitment to offer solutions that meet the highest standards of quality, comfort, luxury, safety and performance.

The New Range will be manufactured at Volvo Buses’ modern facility near Hosakote, Bengaluru. From assembly of chassis to roll out of complete buses, this facility follows Volvo Bus Production Systems that are implemented in all Volvo manufacturing sites across the world.

For more information, please contact...

Sridhar Chari,           +91 9820818334,        sridhar.chari@volvo.com

Drishya Venugopal / Gargi Prasad, +919620008534 / +919620115001, drishya [dot] venugopal [at] bm [dot] com / gargi [dot] prasad [at] bm [dot] com

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