VOLVO 9000 COACH RANGE IN STRONG EURO SALES START

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NEARLY 150 new Volvo 9700 and 9900 coaches – col­lec­tively known as ‘the 9000 range’ for tourist and line-haul op­er­a­tions, in­tro­duced in May 2018, have been sold to cus­tomers around Europe, the com­pany an­nounced at the end of last year.

Of the strong de­mand for the new long-dis­tance buses, Nik­las Orre, vice pres­i­dent Re­tail Seg­ment Volvo Buses, said: “We’re very proud of our new, flex­i­ble and com­pet­i­tive range of pre­mium prod­ucts, which have safety, com­fort and en­vi­ron­men­tal prop­er­ties of ab­so­lute world class.”

“Their strong sales per­for­mance is con­fir­ma­tion that cus­tomers truly ap­pre­ci­ate the re­sult of our ef­forts,” he ex­plained.

The largest sin­gle or­der so far is 40 buses for Lithua­nia, says Volvo. Sales also in­clude or­ders in coun­tries such as Nor­way

(+23 units), Aus­tria (+11 units) and France (+20 units). All the or­dered ve­hi­cles will be de­liv­ered in 2019, it con­firms.

IN­DI­VID­UAL NEEDS

As re­ported in Aus­tralasian Bus & Coach mag­a­zine re­cently, the new range in­cludes two mod­els: the “high-spec” Volvo 9900 and the “flex­i­ble” Volvo 9700 – along with a range of equip­ment and ser­vice pack­ages. This, “makes it pos­si­ble to of­fer cus­tomer-tai­lored so­lu­tions to suit in­di­vid­ual needs and wishes,” the com­pany states.

The 9000 range was un­veiled to the pub­lic at the 2018 IAA Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles Show in Han­nover, Ger­many, and has also since ap­peared at: IBE in Ri­mini, Italy; Au­to­car Expo in Lyon, France; Per­son­trafik in Stock­holm, Swe­den; and at Eurobus in Birm­ing­ham, UK.

The 9700 (pic­tured) and its 9900 coach sta­ble­mate make up the new Volvo 9000 range, which has achieved strong early sales in Europe, says Volvo.

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