Volvo 9700 awarded COACH OF THE YEAR 2008 -”The best all round package”

Volvo 9700 was awarded the title by a jury of industry journalists from 17 leading European bus and coach industry publications. The European bus trade press has made up its mind. In the face of tough competition, the Volvo 9700 was named Coach of the Year 2008. It is easy to appreciate why the new design, unique safety features and smooth driveline caught the eye of the judges! The Volvo 9700 was felt to offer the best all-round package for passengers, drivers and operators too. The jury's words say it all: 'It's a travellers coach', 'a superb vehicle to drive', 'this is a coach built to do a job professionally for a full life'.

The trophy was handed over to Hakan Karlsson, President and CEO of Volvo Bus Corporation, by Stuart Jones, Chairman of the International Bus & Coach of the Year Jury, during the Busworld Exhibition in Kortrijk 2007.

Ownership . "For the owner, the appeal comes in the quality of the build, the knowledge that passengers and driver are going to be happy and the confidence generated that this is a coach built to do a job professionally for a full life."

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Passenger experience . "…particularly strong in terms of the experience provided for passengers. The sloping floor, with its theatre-style seating layout, coupled with an uninterrupted view through the front screen…" "The seats themselves, complete with three-point seat belts, offered excellent comfort and like the rest of the interior, were trimmed in perfectly coordinated materials and colours."

Driver environment . "Comfort, sufficient space for belongings and an excellent mirror set-up are only part of the story…"
"…the second-generation I-Shift gearbox is almost flawless."
"…synchronisation of the gearchange and the engine was exceptional, and, a super vehicle to drive - I was really impressed with it."

Design . "With the 9700, a look has been achieved that makes its mark…""…the new front instantly identifies the brand…"

Safety . "Volvo has always been known for safety. The 9700 makes further advances in this direction with the introduction of the FUPS front underrun protection system as standard." "…scored well for both active and passive safety systems."