New Delhi, Aug 22 (Bureau) Volvo Buses India, a part of VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV), has become the first manufacturer to launch a 13.5-metre 4×2 coach in India. The rear-engine bus has been developed on the modular Volvo 9400 platform that also includes the 12-metre 4×2 and 14.5-metre 6×2 configurations. Commenting on the launch, Vinod Aggarwal, MD & CEO, VECV, said, “The goal of forming our bus division, by integrating Volvo Buses India into VECV is to transform public transport. I am happy to highlight this development as the first fruit from our synergised way of working”. The rear-engine Volvo B8R 13.5m coach maintains industry-leading safety, fuel economy, performance, and passenger comfort that Volvo Bus operators and passengers have come to expect in Volvo buses.
It offers up to 10% extra seating and over 20% additional sleeper berth capacity with an almost 25% increase in passenger luggage space. Fully built buses delivered from VECV’s Hosakote facility are fully compliant with prevalent CMVR norms. “The Volvo 9400 B8R 13.5m 4×2 coach is part of our pioneering track record of offering market-leading bus-based mobility solutions in India. I can assure our customers that they can look forward to a broader range of innovative market adapted offers from VECV’s Bus Division, including an Eicher front-engine coach range in the near future,” concluded Akash Passey, President, Bus Division, VECV.