Now a Marco Polo company in the modern era, in 1979 Volgren began making bus bodies because as an operator it wanted to “build a more reliable, more comfortable, longer lasting vehicle with lower operating costs than the ones available at the time”.
Earlier in 1945, George Grenda changed his 20-year milk-carrying business into a bus-operating one. A success, in 1977 Volvo asked it to be its chassis distributor – and this agreement led to the ‘ Volgren’ name and manufacture of bus bodies using extruded aluminium.
More than 40 years later, Volgren has arguably redefined bus manufacture, design and safety in Australia.
Key to its product line-up is the Optimus city bus body design, its Endure charter/school bus design and – given its acquisition by massive Brazilian bus maker Marco Polo – its versatile charter bus or luxury coach called the Audace.