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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.

WEB­SITE: www.vol­gren.com.au

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