Volvo – for a first-class fleet

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Volvo’s B8R range will meet any need in in­ter­city and com­muter op­er­a­tions, the com­pany states. It’s highly ver­sa­tile through a range of vari­ants, yet firmly fo­cused on re­duc­ing op­er­at­ing costs.

The Volvo D8C330 en­gine is an in-line six-cylinder 7.7-litre 330hp en­gine, equipped with an over­head camshaft, four valves per cylinder and com­mon-rail in­jec­tion sys­tem. The en­gine meets the Euro­pean Union’s ex­haust emis­sion stan­dards ac­cord­ing to Euro 5.

The eight-litre Volvo en­gine is very fuel-ef­fi­cient with high ca­pac­ity, the com­pany says. As a re­sult, it is among other things suit­able for bulk-goods, re­gional long haul dis­tri­bu­tion and light con­struc­tion where both per­for­mance and fuel econ­omy are cru­cial fac­tors.

The en­gine boasts a sturdy, de­pend­able de­sign. Fea­tur­ing an over­head camshaft, four valves per cylinder and pre­cisely con­trolled com­mon-rail in­jec­tion and waste-gated tur­bocharger. Drive­abil­ity is ex­cel­lent thanks to the broad torque range.

The en­gine tim­ing mech­a­nism is at the rear of the en­gine, which leads to less vi­bra­tion and per­mits a rear-mounted power take-off. The en­gine elec­tronic con­trol unit (EECU) con­trols var­i­ous func­tions of the en­gine, and con­trib­utes to a low fuel con­sump­tion and low ex­haust emis­sions. The sys­tem also of­fers ad­vanced scope for di­ag­nos­tics and fault-trac­ing.

An­other key part of Volvo’s driv­e­line set-ups is the I-Shift 12-speed man­ual gear­box with an au­to­matic gear-chang­ing sys­tem. The Volvo I-Shift is de­signed for tourist, in­ter­city, re­gional and route op­er­a­tions, where it pro­vides high driv­ing and ride com­fort and ex­cel­lent fuel econ­omy.

Volvo I-Shift is a fast-re­spond­ing gear-chang­ing sys­tem with min­i­mum in­ter­rup­tion in torque de­liv­ery dur­ing changes and a wide ra­tio span, a com­bi­na­tion that of­fers im­pres­sive re­sources for high av­er­age speeds, it’s stated. The sys­tem con­sists of a non-syn­chro­mesh man­ual gear­box with an elec­tron­i­cally reg­u­lated pneu­matic gear-chang­ing sys­tem and an au­to­matic clutch. The gear se­lec­tor is in­te­grated with the driver’s seat and gearchanges are fully au­to­mated.

Start­ing ra­tio is se­lected au­to­mat­i­cally in re­sponse to road gra­di­ent and gross ve­hi­cle weight. Volvo I-Shift is avail­able with a choice of pro­gramme pack­ages and var­i­ous func­tions. Among them is a fa­cil­ity for choos­ing be­tween fully au­to­matic gearchanges and man­ual se­lec­tion, and a per­for­mance mode with a kick­down func­tion that utilises the en­gine’s ca­pac­ity to the max­i­mum.

The trans­mis­sion is a com­pact, light­weight unit. It is di­vided into a base unit and a range-change unit. The base unit, range sec­tion and clutch hous­ing are made of alu­minium, which con­trib­utes to the low weight. The trans­mis­sion is fac­tory-pre­pared for in­stal­la­tion with or with­out a com­pact re­tarder (VR3250).

Long oil-change in­ter­vals mean low op­er­at­ing costs and less en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fect. When spe­cial oils are used, oil and fil­ter changes take place af­ter a max­i­mum of 400,000km or ev­ery third year.

The en­gine boasts a sturdy, de­pend­able de­sign.

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