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Volvo on luxury drive to Bangalore

In first lot, 25 luxury buses will make their debut on the road with BMTC in January, writes Deshbandhu Singh.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2006 04:07 IST
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People of the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore, are going to experience a modern world-class city transport by the end of this month. Luxury bus maker Volvo India on Thursday unveiled its low-floored buses, at the 8th Auto Expo in New Delhi, which would make their debut on the road with Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation. The first lot of 25 Volvo City Buses will be delivered at the end of January.

Announcing this, the president of the Volvo Bus Corporation of India, Hakan Karlsson, who was on his first visit to India, revealed his plan to sell 500 buses this year, expecting a 25 per cent growth rate.

"Volvo city buses are an integral part of many a key city in the world... We started with the introduction of inter-city buses four years ago and have developed strong partnerships with private and state customers in the country," he said.

'Volvo B7RLE' city bus is the latest model from the Volvo product programme to be introduced in India. Equipped with a seven-litre engine, that meets Euro three emission regulations, is built on the same design as Volvo 8700 (buses) that is currently used in Europe.

The buses are built at the same assembly line along side Volvo trucks but their bodies are built at the Jaico Automobile Engineering Company near Bangalore.

Volvo Buses (South Asia) Head and Vice President Akash Passey added that the company was in talks with state transport authorities to run Volvo buses in some other cities as well.

The buses are fitted with wide, automatic doors which are specially designed for safe exit even during rush hours. The company claims to be the market leaders in air-conditioned coaches. The busses will have seating capacity of 90 to 100 people and each coach will cost between Rs 70 to 80 lakh.

The City Bus offers in climate control through an integrated air-conditioning. The driveline offers driver high control while driving. The bus includes automatic transmission.

Volvo group is one of the world's leading supplier of transport solution for commercial use. Founded in 1927, Volvo today has production in 25 countries and operates in more than 185 markets. The company has its presence since eight years, but it is in the bus-business since the last four years. So far, it has about 1,000 buses spread all over the country in inter-city and tourist based operation. However, it is appearing for the first time on the Indian road as city buses.

First Published: Jan 12, 2006 21:08 IST