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23 Mar 2017

VOLVO TO DELIVER HUNDRED CITY BUSES TO BANGALORE

Volvo Buses has received an order for 100 city buses from the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC). The buses of the typd 8400 are in compliance with the UBS-II emission level and the BSIV emission rules.

The locally manufactured Volvo D8C engine’s application is not restricted to India. “The ‘made-in-India’ 8-litre engine has performed very well during internal assessments. We are encouraged to deploy it in other international markets that Volvo participates in,” said Akash Passey, Senior Vice President, Business Region International, Volvo Buses.

The Volvo D8C engine coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission with integrated retarder and optimised rear axle ratio delivers high performance required in the city’s frequent start-stop traffic.. The engine supplies a peak power of 330hp in order to meet optimal power-to-

weight ratio and ensure reserve power, which is critical to meet three areas for good city duty cycle – instant acceleration, air-conditioning performance, and gradeability.

Designed to be a workhorse for 17-hour duty cycles, the bus offers excellent handling ability, rollover protection and safety is further boosted by powerful disc brakes on all wheels, roll stabilisers and a true-bus suspension system. The doors are equipped with sensitive edge to prevent passenger injury during accidental door closure.

Volvo Buses has been proactive when it comes to the incorporation of safety features. The company has been compliant with the bus body code well in advance of notification. All buses are also fitted with ABS as a standard since 2005 – an initiative by Volvo that became a mandate for the entire commercial vehicle industry only in 2015.

With entry at just 350mm, it is easy to get on and off the bus and the kneeling-feature along with pneumatic lifting and lowering mechanism enables the body to be lowered, while passengers are boarding and alighting. The clear door width of 1200mm in the front and rear of the bus helps in comfortable and quick entry & exit.