Volvo Buses India, a division of VE Commercial Vehicles Limited, has launched the next-gen Volvo 9600 platform which will spawn factory-built sleeper and seater coaches in 15 metre 6x2 and 13.5 metre 4x2 configurations.
The Volvo 9600 has been derived from award-winning European design has its tall boy design marries fine aesthetics with generous space, the company said in a press note. The 15 metre seater coach has a passenger capacity of 55, whereas the sleeper coach has 40 berths.
The seater and sleeper applications incorporate 15.1 cu.m and 9.2 cu.m of luggage space respectively. The 13.5m coach seats up to 47 passengers, while the sleeper variant hosts 36 berths. The corresponding luggage space for the seater and sleeper variants are 13.6 cu.m and 8.1 cu.m respectively.
R-L: Vinod Aggarwal, MD and CEO, VE Commercial Vehicles, and Akash Passey, President, Bus Division, VECV.
Vinod Aggarwal, MD and CEO, VE Commercial Vehicles, said, “The goal of our bus division at VECV is to shape the future of the Indian bus industry, and to transform public mobility.”
Akash Passey, President, Bus Division, VECV, said, “The Volvo 9600 platform merges award winning bus design, technology and manufacturing processes with our successful ‘Make-In-India’ journey. As the bus industry recovers from a very tough period, bus operators continue to count on us to deliver solutions that address the aspirations of inter-city passengers for safe, luxurious, and globally contemporary coaches.
Coaches on the Volvo 9600 platform will be manufactured at the company’s Hosakote plant, that has a track record of producing fully built Volvo premium buses since 2008.
At the heart of the Volvo 9600 platform is a fuel-efficient Volvo D8K (8-litre) engine, delivering a power of 260kW (350hp) @ 2200 RPM and a torque of 1350 Nm @ 1200-1600 RPM. The fuel-efficient engine along with its purpose-developed drivetrain is designed to minimise TCO and maximize uptime for bus operators. The chassis includes the I-Shift automated manual gearbox, electronic braking system (EBS) Hill start aid and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) systems.
The 9600 platform is driver friendly, has ergonomically designed curved dashboard with controls for easy accessibility. It also has air-suspended seats with adjustable headrest to ensure a fatigue-free experience for the driver, the company said.