At 14.5m the Volvo 9400PX is the longest intercity coach yet in India. The Volvo 9400PX is built on the new light-weight Volvo PX platform, which provides even better grade ability and acceleration as well as enhanced stability & larger luggage space. The new coach is powered by the new Volvo 11L engine with 370hp. A key feature is the steerable tag-axle for better road handling and manoeuvrability, says Volvo.
Another key feature of the Volvo 9400PX is the Volvo I-Shift gearbox. This automatic gear changing system provides high drive & ride comfort, better fuel economy and offers high braking power of 400 to 600 kW.
Customers can also incorporate a range of passenger conveniences from pantry, toilets, VOD (Video-on-demand).
The Volvo 9100 coach is a Global introduction for Asia, from Asia. The 9100 is essentially a scaled down version of the 9400. This new coach is part of Volvo’s bigger plan to reel in more customers.
The new Volvo coach is designed to meet medium haulage applications. Volvo says, the 9100 would offer bus operators an unbeatable business proposition in transport economy by offering excellent value in fuel efficiency, maintainability and overall operating costs.
Volvo’s Bangalore team contributed to the development of the 9100 and highlights the organization’s local product development competencies.
Volvo 7700 Hybrid
On display at the 11th AutoExpo was the Volvo 7700 Hybrid. A commercially-produced hybrid bus model. It has been on the market for some years already and both fuel savings and reliability have been proven in commercial operation. Volvo hybrids have been plying in fleets of various municipalities of Switzerland, and some cities in Germany and many other places.
Volvo’s Front Impact Protection (FIP) and Front Under-run Protection (FUP)
Volvo has introduced the Front Impact Protection (FIP) and Front Under-run Protection (FUP) systems. Set to exceed global standards and tested by ARAI in India, even though, says Volvo, country regulations have not set any demands on this front.
The FIP is a frontal collision protection system, which effectively spreads the force of an impact into the frontal structure. Full-scale tests show that FIP considerably cuts the risk of serious personal injury.
The FUP system significantly minimises the risk of injury in the event of a frontal collisions between buses and cars. A steel structure behind the bumper that prevents the oncoming passenger car from becoming wedged under the bus while at the same time offering excellent protection for those components that are fitted at the lower front part of the coach.
Both, these enhancements apply to every Volvo Coach in India.
Volvo FM 480 Tipper
Also sharing floor space was the Volvo FM 480 10X4 tipper.