VOLVO BUSES LAUNCHES ALL-NEW DOUBLE-DECKER.., FOR THE SCANDINAVIAN MARKET
Volvo Buses has launched an all-new double-decker: Volvo 9700 DD. With his height of 4.25 m it is not suitable for the European market, but in the Scandinavian countries Norway, Sweden and Finland a coach can be this high. The Volvo 9700 DD can be up to 14.8 m long. The new double decker is designed for express – intercity – travel.
“The express bus sector is growing quickly in the Nordic region and for many operators the Volvo 9700 DD is a longed-for model that extends capacity and productivity,” says Niklas Orre, Vice President, Coach Sales. A 4.00 m high version of this Volvo 9700 DD for the European market is expected to be presented at a later stage.
The Volvo 9700 DD can carry up to 96 passengers. The coach is equipped with Volvo’s in-house designed ergonomic seats and a climate system featuring separate zones for passengers and driver. Door openings, centre aisle, stairs and roof height both upstairs and downstairs are all dimensioned for quick boarding and exiting.
The Volvo 9700 DD is equipped with several active safety systems such as electronically controlled brakes, electronic stability system and anti-skid system. The driver also benefits from Driver Alert Support, Lane Keeping Assistance and Collision Warning with Emergency Braking. “In addition, we have fine-tuned the driving properties and the coach drives steadily and securely owing to a combination of improved suspension and damping allied to an ultra-light body,” explains Niklas Orre.
Since the bus features enhanced connectivity the bus operator benefits from better real-time monitoring and is able to see how the vehicle is being driven and can also plan servicing for optimal efficiency. Thanks to Zone Management – using a computer to regulate vehicle speed in sensitive areas – the operator also gets improved safety and lower fuel consumption.