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.”