Volvo will be showcasing the new chassis model in Moonee Valley at the Maintenance Conference and Bus Expo during the 2nd and 3rd of July, 2012. This will be the first time that the B11R will be revealed to the Australian market.
The B11R provides first-class driveability, outstanding fuel-efficiency and low environmental impact. The flat-top framework provides efficient body construction and guarantees a long, productive life.
Designed and built with the latest technology, this 3-axle chassis has a new diesel engine with a proven track record in Volvo Trucks. The11-litre-engine with 6 in-line cylinders, an overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder and precisely controlled electronic injection, is available in 330, 370, 410 (also in EEV version), or 450hp in Euro 5 configuration. The engine design results in fuel-efficiency with high power, generating between 1,600Nm and 2,150Nm of torque.
The B11R is not replacing the B13R, announces Volvo Bus General Manager, Peter Duncan.
“While the Volvo B13R remains the ultimate chassis for premium luxury coaches touring long distances across tough terrain, sometimes it offers more features and power than a customer’s operations require. The new B11R will therefore be a great addition to the Volvo range and will mean we will have something for every need and preference,” he explains.
In comparison to the Volvo B13R, the B11R also comes with an automatic transmission option in its 330hp or 370hp models, while the bigger 410hp and 450hp models are equipped with the 12-speed Volvo I-Shift.
“Everyone here at Volvo are extremely excited for the arrival of the new chassis which will make operators truly spoilt for choice when it slots into our product line alongside the current Volvo B9R and B13R coach-charter models,” says Duncan.
For reliability, safety and long-term profitability, the B11R has been designed for long service intervals and simple maintenance extending its product life cycle. The oil change intervals have been lengthened and many crucial components are maintenance free, such as prop-shafts, half-shafts and rear wheel bearings. Further, Volvo’s multiplexed electronics system functions as a preventative maintenance and diagnostics tool.