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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.
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.