Volvo 9400 on a pli­grim­mage

Commercial Vehicle - - WHAT'S INSIDE -

Re­leased in 2012, ‘Oh My God’ Bol­ly­wood movie did Rs.181 crore worth of busi­ness. Made on a lowly bud­get of Rs.20 crore, the movie, in­spired from a 2001 English film ‘The Man Who Sued God’, and Gu­jarati play ‘Kanji Virudh Kanji’, fea­tured ac­tor Paresh Rawal as an athe­ist. In re­sponse to the in­sur­ance com­pany re­ject­ing his claim un­der the pre­text that his shop was de­stroyed in an act of god, he de­cides to sue god, a role played by ac­tion hero Ak­shay Ku­mar. As the owner of an an­tique relics shop, Paresh Rawal iron­i­cally deals in idols of Hindu deities among other relics. Even as Paresh Rawal por­trays a role of an aethist, his fam­ily is god fear­ing and is shown to have a firm faith in god. It is on this pre­text, that at an ear­lier stage of the movie, Paresh Rawal and his fam­ily are shown trav­el­ling in a Volvo 9400 in­ter-city bus on a pil­grim­age. It is a white coloured VRL bus with 2x2 seat con­fig­u­ra­tion. On the bus, along with Paresh and his fam­ily are other fam­i­lies out on a pil­grim­age. They too are shown chant­ing de­vo­tional songs, and much to the cha­grin of Paresh. An aerial shot in the film shows the bus tak­ing a slip road on the way to a Lord Shiva tem­ple. Upon alight­ing the bus, Paresh breaks away from the group against the wish of his wife, and heads straight to a statue maker. He is in­ter­ested in procur­ing idols to add to his in­ven­tory in­stead. It is this brief cameo of the Volvo 9400 that makes an im­pres­sion. It plays a short yet mem­o­rable role in de­pict­ing Paresh Rawal’s char­ac­ter, Kanji, as a true athe­ist.

The Volvo 9400 fol­lowed the B7R to re­de­fine the premium bus seg­ment in In­dia. It con­tin­ues to be a pop­u­lar choice for many in­ter-city bus op­er­a­tors. Mea­sur­ing 13.7 m in length, the bus has twoaxles at the rear. It also has the en­gine at the rear with the drive go­ing to one of the two rear axles through a man­ual or I-shift auto trans­mis­sion. With the body built by Volvo at its Ben­galuru fa­cil­ity, the bus is a part of the fleet of many State Trans­port Un­der­tak­ings (STUs) and pri­vate bus op­er­a­tors.

It is pow­ered by the Volvo D7E six-cylin­der, in-line diesel en­gine, which pro­vides it with a good power to weight ra­tio. If this has an in­flu­ence on per­for­mance, the bus does a peak power of 290 hp, and a peak torque of 1200 Nm at 1650 rpm. The man­ual trans­mis­sion is a six-speed unit. Sus­pen­sion is pneu­matic and the body con­struc­tion is semi-in­te­gral. The cur­rent model fea­ture a lo­cally man­u­fac­tured 330 hp, eight-litre com­mon-rail six-cylin­der tur­bod­iesel BSIV com­pli­ant en­gine. The six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion has given way to an I-shift au­to­mated man­ual trans­mis­sion.

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