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ABC (Australia) - - YEAR IN REVIEW -

VOLVO 8-SE­RIES

Volvo Bus Australia hosted the of­fi­cial launch of the Volvo B8R and Volvo B8RLE chas­sis, which re­place the Volvo B7R and B7RLE. We took a closer look at this new chas­sis and some of the key im­prove­ments that have been made. The new Volvo chas­sis has the ben­e­fit of a higher power out­put while main­tain­ing the same or lower fuel con­sump­tion lev­els than its pre­de­ces­sor. From an en­gi­neer­ing per­spec­tive, the B8R with the Euro 5 chas­sis bears no changes to the pre­vi­ous chas­sis from the front half to the cen­tre. The back half is where all the changes be­gin. The chas­sis has the newly de­vel­oped Volvo D8C en­gine, built in-house with 330hp and 1200Nm of torque. At 330hp it has a 40hp in­crease in power on the top-sell­ing B7 and this makes it ei­ther on par or above com­peti­tors, and is avail­able with a choice of two trans­mis­sions: ei­ther the ZF or Voith au­to­matic.

VOLGREN OWENRSHIP

Mar­copolo an­nounced that it had ac­quired the re­main­ing 25 per cent stake in Volgren. Mar­copolo’s agree­ment with Volgren to pur­chase the re­main­der of the com­pany fol­lows the Brazil­ian com­pany’s 75 per cent ma­jor­ity in­vest­ment in De­cem­ber 2011 from the Grenda fam­ily, who founded the com­pany in 1977.

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