Aus­tralia’s largest bus body man­u­fac­turer Vol­gren has de­liv­ered its 100th Mar­copolo Au­dace. Im­ported from Vol­gren’s par­ent com­pany Mar­copolo, the 57-seat, 12.3m Au­dace was the first Aus­tralian Mar­copolo prod­uct to go into ser­vice in 2013

Aus­tralia’s largest bus body man­u­fac­turer Vol­gren has de­liv­ered its 100th Mar­copolo Au­dace to an op­er­a­tor in New South Wales

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Im­ported from Vol­gren’s par­ent com­pany Mar­copolo, the 57-seat, 12.3m Au­dace was the rst Aus­tralian Mar­copolo prod­uct to go into ser­vice in De­cem­ber 2013, and re­cently sur­passed the 100 mark.

Vol­gren marked the mile­stone by pre­sent­ing a scale model bus to John Kennedy, owner of Kennedy’s Bus & Coach in Nowra, NSW who took pos­ses­sion of the 100th Au­dace.

Kennedy says the qual­ity of build, price, re­li­a­bil­ity and the com­bi­na­tion of Vol­gren and a Euro­pean chas­sis were key fac­tors in choos­ing the Au­dace.

“We’re in the process of re­plac­ing some of our older buses and the Au­dace made sense from a price per­spec­tive, and it’s proven to be the per­fect bus ser­vic­ing our school and spe­cial char­ter mar­ket,” he says.

“We use our eet for a range of pur­poses – trips to the snow, school char­ter and ex­cur­sions, tours and spe­cial char­ter to Syd­ney for sport­ing events – so to have a qual­ity bus that looks great, per­forms well and is highly ver­sa­tile is crit­i­cal to our busi­ness.”

Vol­gren chief ex­ec­u­tive ofcer Peter Dale says the main driv­ers be­hind the Au­dace are the safety, style, pas­sen­ger com­fort and value.

“The Mar­copolo Au­dace is a great ex­am­ple of a qual­ity im­port, built on a top- class Euro­pean chas­sis, backed by Vol­gren’s af­ter­sale ser­vice and sup­port,” he says.

“For qual­ity op­er­a­tors like Kennedy’s, who have been in the busi­ness for more than 80 years, the Au­dace re­ally de­liv­ers the ex­i­bil­ity to con­duct a range of ser­vices and it’s been test-proven in a range of con­di­tions.”

Dale says the fu­ture looks bright for Vol­gren and the com­pany is look­ing to grow mar­ket share across the school and char­ter bus seg­ments through prod­ucts like Mar­colpolo Au­dace and Vol­gren En­dura.

The 57-seat Au­dace has wind­shields and glass panes that max­imise vis­i­bil­ity for pas­sen­gers and driver and comes with stan­dard seat belts, park­ing sen­sor, re­verse cam­eras, DVD player, read­ing lights, Mul­ti­plex ven­ti­la­tion and air- con­di­tion­ing system, and in­di­vid­ual air con­trols.

It’s proven to be the per­fect bus ser­vic­ing our school and spe­cial char­ter mar­ket

Be­low: Kennedy’s Bus & Coach owner John Kennedy with Vol­gren sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive Michael Har­ris

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