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Volvo’s pre­mium 9900 coach won a ma­jor Sus­tain­able Bus Award 2019.

The award was con­ferred at a cer­e­mony dur­ing the IAA trade fair in Han­nover on Sep­tem­ber 19. Iveco’s Cre­alis 18m In- Mo­tionCharg­ing trol­ley­bus won the Ur­ban cat­e­gory while Mercedes

Benz mild hy­brid Ci­taro Ü re­ceived the prize for most sus­tain­able In­ter­city bus.

The award takes into ac­count en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance as well as other sus­tain­abil­ity as­pects, such as safety, com­fort, noise level, re­cy­cla­bil­ity and the man­u­fac­turer’s gen­eral en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance, or­gan­is­ers state. It was launched in 2016 and win­ners are cho­sen by a jury of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from bus mag­a­zines in sev­eral Euro­pean coun­tries.

“The launch of the new 9900 range rep­re­sents a real turn­ing point for Volvo. Mod­ern de­sign, im­proved Cx and new driv­ing area, to­gether with the well-known Volvo Dy­namic Steer­ing, are just some of the main new fea­tures de­vel­oped by the Swedish man­u­fac­turer,” the jury wrote in its state­ment.

Ulf Mag­nus­son, head of busi­ness re­gion Europe at Volvo Buses, said: “It is an im­mense hon­our to re­ceive the Sus­tain­able Bus Award 2019. The choice of win­ner shows that the jury has re­ally taken the over­all pic­ture into ac­count. With ex­cel­lent fuel ef­fi­ciency, in­dus­try- lead­ing safety and su­pe­rior driv­ing and pas­sen­ger ar­eas, the Volvo 9900 gives our cus­tomers the best pos­si­ble con­di­tions for long-term op­er­a­tional sus­tain­abil­ity and prof­itabil­ity.”

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